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How Anonymous Does More Harm Than Good for Sexual Assault Victims

Women don’t need to be avenged by "white knights." We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

Women don’t need to be avenged by “white knights.” We need the knowledge and the legal resources to vindicate our rights ourselves.

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When ‘He Wasn’t Convicted’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Innocent’

Dylan Farrow

When it comes to childhood sexual assault, there is a heavy thumb on the scales of justice. To trot out “but he wasn’t convicted” as definitive proof of innocence against the backdrop of this system amounts to willful ignorance.

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California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for College Sexual Assaults

Assembly member Mike Gatto.

As the California legislature reconvened this week, Assembly member Mike Gatto introduced AB 1433, which would amend the state education code to require that colleges report certain violent crimes, including sexual assaults, that occur on or near campus to local law enforcement agencies.

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#SolidarityIsForTheAbleBodied, and Feminism’s Ableism Problem

The hashtag revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

While the hashtag shined a light on how ableism is a systemic issue in all political and societal respects, it also revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

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Stoking Fire: How News Outlets, Prosecutors Minimize Sexual Violence With Language

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

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Jameis Winston, and the Overlapping of Football Culture and Rape Culture

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student.

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student. Football culture clouds our ability to see him as anything other than a famous kid with amazing athletic skills, while rape culture demands that we mistrust the victim, question her credibility, and try to poke holes in her story.

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Is There No Room for Black Women in the Rape and Alcohol Debate?

The New York Times' October 23 Room for Debate feature on college women, alcohol, and sexual assault.

Media is powerful. It tells us which voices (and bodies) are valued by society. By paying attention to all types of sexual assault survivors, we not only are sending a message to survivors that we believe they matter—we are also telling rapists that they will not get away with assault just by choosing a victim of a certain race.

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Alabama Man Convicted of Raping Teen Neighbor Will Serve No Jail Time

NARAL Pro-Choice America is challenging the Obama administration's nomination of Michael Boggs, who has a long history of civil rights opposition, to the federal district court in Georgia.

Austin Smith Clem was sentenced to 20 years, but he won’t serve time in prison unless he violates the terms of his sentencing.

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Activists Campaign Against Philadelphia Judge Who Ruled Rape as Theft

Local activists just launched a campaign urging against the retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni in Philadelphia municipal court in next week’s general election.

On Tuesday night, Pussy Division, an anonymous collective of Philadelphia-based feminist activists, started tweeting logos and posted a meme urging voters to vote no on retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni, who six years ago reduced charges of an alleged gang rape of a sex worker to theft of services.

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Blurred Lines, Not So Much: Double Standards at Play for Women in Music Videos

A "Blurred Lines" parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as "inappropriate," sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

A “Blurred Lines” parody video in which men dance shirtless was briefly removed from YouTube after being flagged as “inappropriate,” sending a clear message that the idea of women dominating submissive men is unsuitable.

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