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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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Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Passes ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill

Introduced by the co-chair of the General Assembly’s newly unveiled Women's Health Caucus, the bill frames revenge porn as a form of intimate partner harassment.

Introduced by the co-chair of the General Assembly’s newly unveiled Women’s Health Caucus, the bill frames revenge porn as a form of intimate partner harassment.

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California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for College Sexual Assaults

Assembly member Mike Gatto.

As the California legislature reconvened this week, Assembly member Mike Gatto introduced AB 1433, which would amend the state education code to require that colleges report certain violent crimes, including sexual assaults, that occur on or near campus to local law enforcement agencies.

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Military General Criticized for Sexual Assault Prosecutions to Retire

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin announced Wednesday that he is retiring to avoid being a further “distraction” for the Air Force.

Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin announced Wednesday that he is retiring to avoid being a further “distraction” for the Air Force.

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Ani DiFranco’s Epic Fail: Reflections on Nottoway Plantation

America's history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

America’s history of racialized slavery distilled the essence of patriarchy, and formed the roots of American rape culture. So why do famous white feminists fail to get it?

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Are Sex Workers’ Rights Becoming Thinkable?

Political developments last December suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

Recent political developments suggest some growing political awareness of sex workers as human beings.

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Obama Calls for One-Year Review of Military’s Response to Sexual Assault

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims' advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed sooner than a year from now.

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims’ advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed.

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Peace Corps Ends Discriminatory Pregnancy Policy

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed "culturally acceptable."

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed “culturally acceptable.”

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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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