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New Maryland Law to Address Long-Standing Rape Kit Backlog

Marylanders will soon know the extent of the rape kit backlog in their state—a first step in trimming the backlog—under a new law signed in April by GOP Gov. Larry Hogan.

Marylanders will soon know the extent of the rape kit backlog in their state—a first step in trimming the backlog—under a new law signed in April by GOP Gov. Larry Hogan.

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When Parents Kill Disabled Children, We Must Hold Society Responsible

When cases of parents killing or abusing disabled children hit the media, it’s common to see these parents treated sympathetically. Reports typically discuss how they were “pushed to the breaking point” or “under too much stress,” dehumanizing the victims or seeming to forget them altogether.

When cases of parents killing or abusing disabled children hit the media, it’s common to see these parents treated sympathetically. Reports typically discuss how they were “pushed to the breaking point” or “under too much stress,” dehumanizing the victims or seeming to forget them altogether.

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Losing My Lege: Striking Deals Won’t Save Us

I can't help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone's getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources, the lowest level of socio-cultural capital.

I can’t help but feel frustrated that no matter what deals our progressive lawmakers strike, someone’s getting thrown under the bus—and, so often, that someone is a Texan who has the least political power, the fewest economic resources, the lowest level of socio-cultural capital.

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Report: South Dakota Ranks Worst in the Nation on Reproductive Rights

Less than half of states got a B or higher, and the highest grade any state got was an A-minus.

Less than half of states got a B or higher, and the highest grade any state got was an A-minus.

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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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Sentenced to Abuse: Trans People in Prison Suffer Rape, Coercion, Denial of Medical Treatment

Cookie Concepcion is a trans male activist and member of Justice Now, who is currently serving time at the Central California Women's Facility.

Trans prisoners continue to be housed in facilities with the opposite gender, resulting in discrimination, trauma, and rape.

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The Quality of Black Lives Matters Too

A woman at Union Square in New York City in late April, where an event was held in support of the Baltimore Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.

#BlackSpring is here: the uprisings happening in cities nationwide as part of a collective fight for racial justice in all areas of Black lives.

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More Domestic Violence Charges for Man in Supreme Court Facebook Threats Case

Anthony Elonis served time for stalking and threatening women online and then brought a lawsuit claiming his actions were protected free speech. He now faces charges he struck a woman in the head during an argument.

Anthony Elonis served time for stalking and threatening women online and then brought a lawsuit claiming his actions were protected free speech. He now faces charges he struck a woman in the head during an argument.

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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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Texas GOP Regulates Abortion Providers With Human Trafficking Training Mandate

Texas' GOP-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would require people who work or volunteer for Texas' few remaining abortion facilities, and who have "direct contact with patients," to take a state-mandated training course on human trafficking.

Texas’ GOP-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday gave its final approval to a bill that would require people who work or volunteer for Texas’ few remaining abortion facilities, and who have “direct contact with patients,” to take a state-mandated training course on human trafficking.

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