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Affirmative Consent Is Still Confusing to College Students

A new poll of gives insight into what college students consider consent. Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice among  them. In fact, the poll shows that college students are conflicted and possibly confused about what is, and isn’t, consent.

Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice on campuses nationwide.

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Heroes in Their Own Right: What Clinic Staff Do, and Why They Do It

For administrative staff at abortion clinics, such as those at the South Wind Women's Center in Wichita, Kansas, there are no trophies, no fans, and no press, just the satisfaction of knowing they are helping those who need it.

For administrative staff at abortion clinics, there are no trophies, no fans, and no press, just the satisfaction of knowing they are helping those who need it.

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Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog

“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.”

In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.

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How the Duggars’ Conservative Christianity Can Enable Abuse and Cover-Ups

It is doubly important that we carefully examine the sociopolitical and theological environment that allowed such abuses—and their apparent cover-up—in the first place. And we must think about the impact that this hyper-conservative Christian theology can have on survivors of this kind of abuse.

It is doubly important that we carefully examine the sociopolitical and theological environment that allowed such abuses—and their apparent cover-up—in the first place. And we must think about the impact that this hyper-conservative Christian theology can have on survivors of this kind of abuse.

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Report: U.S. Military Sexual Assault Victims Threatened With Violence, ‘Friendly Fire’

Human Rights Watch released a report on the horrors of retaliation as the United Nations urged the United States to do more to prevent military sexual assault.

Human Rights Watch released a report on the horrors of retaliation as the United Nations urged the United States to do more to prevent military sexual assault.

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Rape Kits: A Decade and A Billion Dollars Later, Why Can’t We Fix the Backlog?

A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has been made on the backlog even while the Obama administration has identified it as a top priority for sexual justice.

A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has been made on the backlog even while the Obama administration has identified it as a top priority for sexual justice.

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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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Temple University Facing Scrutiny for Cosby Ties, Title IX Sexual Assault Complaints

Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school's board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly mishandling students' sexual assault claims under Title IX.

Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school’s board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly mishandling students’ sexual assault claims under Title IX.

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Charges Filed Against Seven Sayreville Football Players; Coaches’ Futures in Question

Seven members of the Sayreville high school football team now face criminal charges, including three who are charged with aggravated sexual assault. It is unclear whether the coaches knew what was going on and what will happen to them.

Seven members of the Sayreville high school football team now face criminal charges, including three who are charged with aggravated sexual assault. It is unclear whether the coaches knew what was going on and what will happen to them.

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