· · · · · 

Montana Judge Orders New Hearing in Sentencing of Teacher Who Raped 14-Year-Old Student

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

After international condemnation, a Montana judge is reconsidering a 30-day sentence for a teacher who admitted raping one of his former students.

· · · · · 

Judge Says 14-Year-Old Was ‘in Control’ When She Was Raped by Adult Teacher

A Montana school teacher, Stacey Dean Rambold (above), will serve just 30 days for raping a student in part because the judge believed the 14-year-old girl—who has since committed suicide—was “as much in control” of the relationship as her teacher.

A Montana school teacher will serve just 30 days for raping a student in part because the judge believed the 14-year-old girl—who has since committed suicide—was “as much in control” of the relationship as her teacher.

· · · · · 

The Real Work of Rosa Parks: Not Just Refusing to Move to the Back of the Bus, But Combating Sexual Violence

Though Parks' contribution to the progress of Black people is mainly attributed to her refusing to move to the back of the bus, her actual work and its impact on the humanity of Black women and girls in the face of overt sexual violence is not widely discussed.

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, let’s hope that we also pay homage to the whole of Rosa Park’s life by doing everything we can, during the next 50 years, to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

· · · · · 

At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

Three months have passed since Swarthmore College introduced a centralized sexual assault and harassment reporting system.

Swarthmore is among a number of colleges and universities that are being investigated by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for violating Title IX by creating a “hostile environment” and discouraging students from reporting or pursuing disciplinary action against sexual misconduct.

· · · · · 

When Do Depictions of Sex Constitute Assault?

This week, one app is blamed for a syphilis outbreak, while another wants you to practice cunnilingus by licking your phone.

A situation in June in which a woman sent unsolicited penis pictures she had received to the sender’s mother, and an ongoing debate in Britain about what, if any, depictions of sex should be banned have raised interesting questions about the limits of privacy and consent.

· · · · · 

Hookup Panic: No, Casual Sex Does Not Lead to Rape

Antiquated ideas about women's sexuality are extremely damaging. But it is even more damaging to act as if sexual assault and rape are the price women pay for independence and sexual freedom.

Antiquated ideas about women’s sexuality are extremely damaging. But it is even more damaging to act as if sexual assault and rape are the price women pay for independence and sexual freedom.

· · · · · 

Who Is to Blame for Rape, Hazing, and Bullying? It’s Simple: Rapists and Bullies, Not Victims

the concept of “hazing” is nothing but validating some kids bullying others for no other reason than their lower social status or younger age.

What will it take to get ordinary, everyday people to accept that sexual assault is a terrible crime? Over and over again, we’re seeing that when someone is sexually assaulted—especially a teenager—communities react by supporting the assailants and castigating the victims.

· · · · · 

Military Sexual Assault Hearing: Chambliss Slut-Shames, Gillibrand Schools Joint Chiefs

Joint Chiefs of Staff at the hearing.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff flatly rejected removal of sex-crimes prosecution from the chain of command; Sen. Gillibrand took them to school. Meanwhile, Saxby Chambliss claimed that “the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”

· · · · · 

Report: Fox News Underreported Sexual Assault in the Military

foxnews2

While Fox News has devoted extensive airtime to pushing scandals that have since begun to fall apart, it has largely ignored new allegations of sexual assault in the military.

· · · · · 

The Rescued Women in Cleveland Were Not ‘Sex Slaves’—They Were Raped

Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence.

Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence.

· · · · ·