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Report: Civilian Victims of Military Sexual Assault ‘Remain in the Shadows’

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

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In Sexual Assault Cases, New Laws on Strangulation Aid Prosecution

Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.

Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.

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Maryland Legislators Look to Tackle Rape Kit Backlog

Maryland legislators, buoyed by a national campaign and the commitment of federal resources, are considering legislation to eventually clear the backlog of sexual assault forensic kits in the state.

Maryland legislators, buoyed by a national campaign and the commitment of federal resources, are considering legislation to eventually clear the backlog of sexual assault forensic kits in the state.

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Teaching About Affirmative Consent in High School Is a Good Place to Start

Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.

Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.

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Rep. Justin Harris Wants to Make It Harder for Teenage Rape Survivors to Get Abortions

Arkansas state rep. Justin Harris, who handed his adopted daughters over to a man who raped one of them, still thinks he's entitled to pass legislation that could force teen girls to bear their rapist's child.

Arkansas state Rep. Justin Harris, who handed his adopted daughters over to a man who raped one of them, still thinks he’s entitled to pass legislation that could force teen girls to bear their rapist’s child.

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Utah Lawmaker Unsure About Closing ‘Loophole’ in Rape Definition (Updated)

A bill to clarify the definition of rape—and close what some saw as a loophole—passed a Utah House Committee yesterday, but not before sparking some disturbing conversations about what does and does not constitute rape.

A bill to clarify the definition of rape—and close what some saw as a loophole—passed a Utah House Committee yesterday, but not before sparking some disturbing conversations about what constitutes rape.

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‘SLUT’ Takes Direct Aim at Stigma About Adolescents’ Sexuality

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology's title—also called "SLUT"—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

The book opens with 20 first-person narratives by young people who explore the bombardment of conflicting messages about sexuality that continually besiege them. Later in the text, the play mentioned in the anthology’s title—also called “SLUT”—provides a case study about the ways slut-shaming impacts those on the receiving end of it.

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Too Often, Military Sexual Assault Survivors Must Fight for Disability Benefits

Military rape survivors are being victimized again—by the very agency tasked with helping them.

Military rape survivors are being victimized again—by the very agency tasked with helping them.

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‘Legitimate Rape’ and the March for Life

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

For the anti-choice movement, no sacrifice is too great for women to endure in the service of life.

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Amid Pentagon Spin, Military Sexual Assault Problem Still Rampant

The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault  doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say.

The Department of Defense’s long-awaited report to President Obama on military sexual assault doesn’t show nearly enough progress in dealing with the problem, advocates for survivors say.

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