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Is It “Reasonable” to Fear A Former Abuser?

In a new bill, Washington State says if a woman has been a victim of domestic violence and seeks to extend a protection order against her abuser, the burden of proof needs to be on the abuser to show he’s no longer dangerous – not on the victim to prove that her fear is “reasonable” or not.

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Rape Victims Aren’t Victims, According to Georgia Rep.

Rep. Bobby Franklin, a Republican in Georgia, has introduced a bill which would re-classify victims of rape, stalking and family violence to “accusers.”

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Sexual Assault & The NFL: When Will We Stop Defending Our Athletes?

We’ve all seen it time and again- sport fans defending their heroes by slandering the victim and questioning her motives, claiming that the girl is just after attention, fame, and money. But is that the type of attention a woman would welcome into in her life?

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Who Will Rape Me?

At 27 years old, I have not yet been a victim of sexual assault. But let’s be real: that fact is likely to change. Because one in six women will, in their lifetimes, be the victim of a rape or attempted rape.  Who will rape me?

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Afternoon Roundup: Anti-Choice Bullies; ACLU Sues Federal Government for Rape Records; Protesting an HIV PSA in NYC

Wisconsin anti-choice advocates bullying of an entire city – from medical doctors to hospital administrators to women seeking care – results in a hospital’s decision not to provide abortions; Gay and Lesbian advocacy groups protest a NYC public service announcement on HIV prevention; the ACLU files a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records on rape in the military.

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Condom Sabotage Isn’t A Joke

The accusations against Julian Assange have brought forth a fancy new defense of abusive behavior, which is that condom sabotage isn’t that big a deal.  In reality, birth control sabotage is a common and particularly scary form of abuse.

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Afternoon Roundup: Safe Sex Flash Mob, Pushing Personhood in Florida, Porn Acting and Condoms: A Winning Mix?

Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn’t seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?

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Prison Rape: “That Check I Wrote Cost Me My Life”

Convicted of check fraud, a man was repeatedly raped and beaten in an Arkansas prison. He walked out with a death sentence — not handed down by a judge or jury, but by the corrections staff who failed to keep him safe.

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Prison Rape: “That Check I Wrote Cost Me My Life”

Convicted of check fraud, a man was repeatedly raped and beaten in an Arkansas prison. As a result, he walked out of prison with a death sentence — not handed down by a judge or jury, but by the corrections staff who failed to keep him safe; Bryson contracted HIV because of the rapes.

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Rape in Haiti: Where is the International Community?

A group of human rights advocates and attorneys fighting for the well-being and safety of Haitian women in the aftermath of January’s earthquake are calling on the global community to act swiftly to end sexual violence in the displacement camps.

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