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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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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Video of Domestic Violence Wasn’t a ‘Mistake’

The video, which spread like wildfire across social media last week, was just the latest example of the way organizations continuously downplay the impact of domestic violence and rape culture. In turn, this betrays how little we as a society care for, or even think of, victims of interpersonal violence.

This video, which spread like wildfire across social media last week, was just the latest example of the way organizations continuously downplay the impact of domestic violence and rape culture. In turn, this betrays how little we as a society care for, or even think of, victims of interpersonal violence.

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The Patriarchy’s Perfect Weapon: ‘But What If She’s Lying?’

Nowhere in this country do we have an apparatus that is set up to believe those among us who are sexually harassed, abused, raped, when we tell our stories. There is no perfect case. But there is patriarchy.

Nowhere in this country do we have an apparatus that is set up to believe those among us who are sexually harassed, abused, raped, when we tell our stories. There is no perfect case. But there is patriarchy.

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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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Why I Stayed in an Abusive Marriage for Two Years

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I know all too well the shame and sense of shared understanding that Janay Rice has spoken of in recent days. It is why I stayed in an abusive marriage for two years, and why I am speaking up ten years later.

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The NFL’s Domestic Violence Policy Is Dangerous

Among other things, the policy misunderstands how deeply manipulative, destructive, coercive, and dangerous abusers can be.

Among other things, the policy misunderstands how deeply manipulative, destructive, coercive, and dangerous abusers can be.

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Montana Judge Censured for Suggesting Teenage Rape Victim Partly to Blame for Attack

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

The Montana Supreme Court publicly declared District Judge G. Todd Baugh guilty of misconduct in the case of a Billings teacher who admitted to raping a 14-year-old student.

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Here Are All the ‘Privileges’ I’ve Experienced as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

George Will used his recent column to rail against efforts to curb rape on college campuses.

George Will is right. Throughout my life, my status as “survivor” has afforded me any number of privileges. For instance, the surgery that I needed a couple of years ago to fix the long-term consequences of the assault on my body was truly a privilege—it gave me the status of being temporarily unemployable.

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Legal Wrap: 49 Years After Griswold, Legal Contraception Still Up for Debate

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we've made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

The 49th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut shows how little progress we’ve made in the fight for reproductive autonomy.

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Montana Supreme Court to Censure Judge Who Blamed Teen Victim for Her Rape

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The Montana Supreme Court said “there is no place in the Montana judiciary” for comments made by Judge G. Todd Baugh about a 14-year-old rape victim, among them that she appeared “older than her chronological age.”

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