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How Not to Report on Sex Trafficking

We start with bad mothers and we end, in the piece with, an editorial sigh of relief: thank god (literally) for men like Don Brewster who can envision, unlike these women with whom he is juxtaposed narratively, “the transformation” that girls experience when they are “saved.”

Last month’s CNN piece on sex trafficking in Cambodia was notable because it represented a common failure of the media to report effectively on issues like trafficking in ways that do not compound the harm to those most affected.

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The Vatican Sex Abuse Hearing in One Word: Troubling

In a scathing report released yesterday on the Holy See’s adherence to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an aggressive UN committee knocked the Holy See off the high ground.

Based on Thursday’s UN panel, we were given additional reasons to believe that the all-male hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church must not be entrusted to come up with a program that will resolve and redress sexual crimes within its flock.

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‘Protect Those Kids': Words of Support for Woman Whose Children Were Ordered Into Abusive Home

Audre'y Eby's sons going to a doctor's appointment with their friend, Manape LaMere, on Winnebago Reservation last November.

Over 8,400 of you have joined RH Reality Check in asking Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to investigate Plymouth County Courts for ordering Audre’y Eby’s two special needs children back to an abusive home. Here is a sample of the thoughts people have left for the Eby family and Gov. Branstad.

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#SolidarityIsForTheAbleBodied, and Feminism’s Ableism Problem

The hashtag revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

While the hashtag shined a light on how ableism is a systemic issue in all political and societal respects, it also revealed something that has long been known by some, but that has been unrecognized by others: that feminism has an ableism problem.

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‘The People’s Pope’? If By People, You Don’t Mean Women

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis.

Members of the media and many progressives are beside themselves about Pope Francis. But raise the subject of the pope’s continued exclusion of women and the church’s opposition to any form of reproductive freedom, and you’re all but told to shut up and wait.

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Post-Sandusky Child Abuse Reform Bills Finally Expected to Move in Pennsylvania (Updated)

Last summer, Sandusky was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys and the failures of Pennsylvania law were in the spotlight once again.

If HB 726—the bill designed to redefine child abuse in Pennsylvania—is signed, it will be the first of more than a dozen bills expected to be signed into law that came out of the evaluation following the arrest of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 charges of abusing ten boys.

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Stoking Fire: How News Outlets, Prosecutors Minimize Sexual Violence With Language

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

When journalists report that a man was arrested and charged with domestic violence, it sounds far less menacing than reporting that he was arrested for beating his partner bloody or punching her until she lost consciousness.

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Of #FastTailedGirls and Freedom

A tweet from the author as part of the #FastTailedGirls conversation on Twitter, which was started by Hood Feminism.

Like a lot of others, I was a “fast-tailed girl” before I really understood what those words meant.

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Jameis Winston, and the Overlapping of Football Culture and Rape Culture

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student.

Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student. Football culture clouds our ability to see him as anything other than a famous kid with amazing athletic skills, while rape culture demands that we mistrust the victim, question her credibility, and try to poke holes in her story.

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Right-Wingers Again Try to Scuttle UN Convention on Rights of Disabled

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a U.N. treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a UN treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

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