rape culture

Why Some of Us Hesitated to Say #MeToo

In the aftermath of the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Americans are realizing that they live in a nation that still has much work left to do to achieve gender equality.

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GOP Lawmaker Wants to Make Campus Rape Rules More Lenient

The majority of sexual assaults on college campuses go unreported to the police. Rape convictions are notoriously diffcult to achieve, and often involve months of rehashing traumatic events for the survivor. Even after being convicted, rapists sometimes walk free (as in the case of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner). Despite all of this, North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, incoming Freedom Caucus chairman, apparently thinks college campuses are too hard on potential rapists. He recommended this week that the Trump administration dismantle 2011 campus sexual assault guidelines that he believes “deny the often-innocent accused basic due process rights.”

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Stanford Bans Hard Alcohol at Parties, Avoiding the Real Causes of Sexual Assault

As a new school year begins, it’s the perfect time for colleges to adopt better sexual assault policies and preventative programs. Stanford University especially needed to take action considering a former student, Brock Turner, was convicted earlier this year for sexually assaulting a woman after a party. However, instead of actually addressing the root causes of sexual assault, Stanford simply banned hard liquor for undergraduates.

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Judge Sets Aside Rape Charges for Probation So Ex-Athlete Can Enjoy 'a College Experience'

UPDATE: In a statement to MassLive, the University of Dayton said that David Becker will not be attending the school. Becker’s attorney, Thomas Rooke, had no comment.

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Why Harvard Should Just Say Sorry For How It Handled My Sexual Assault

Yesterday, I watched my friend and colleague Wagatwe Wanjuki burn a sweatshirt from Tufts University, demanding that her alma mater apologize for mishandling her report of sexual assault when she was a student there.

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Hundreds of Thousands Call for Removal of Judge in Stanford Rape Case (Video)

Since Judge Aaron Persky sentenced 20-year-old convicted rapist Brock Turner to a minimum-term six months in jail, online petitions seeking Persky's removal from the bench have garnered several hundred thousand signatures.

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Dr. Luke Issues Public Denial in Response to Performer Kesha's Rape Allegation

Last week it was a judge ruled that pop star Kesha was to remain under contract with producer Dr. Luke, whom she has publicly accused of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. The hashtag #FreeKesha saw aresurgence, with several celebrities sharing support via Twitter. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, to the chagrin of Demi Lovato.

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Man Who Tried to Create Misogyny Movement Cancels Events Out of Fear for Attendees' Safety

Sometimes, irony is so sweet you just want to savor it forever. Case in point: the sad misogynist behind the women-hating meetups that were set to happen this weekend just announced he’s canceling them. And his reason is — get this — he’s worried about threats to attendees’ “safety.” This from a guy who once penned a “satirical” piece about how we should legalize the rape of women “if done on private property.”

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WATCH: Larry Wilmore Absolutely Giddy Over Bill Cosby's Arrest

Larry Wilmore couldn’t stop excitedly shouting after opening his favorite present this holiday season: Bill Cosby’s mugshot.

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A Journalist's Shockingly Clueless Underage Rape Coverage

Ottawa Sun court reporter Tony Spears doesn’t seem to understand how rape works. On Monday, he caused some much-deserved outrage on social media for his glib and clueless portrayal of raping minors.

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