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Tag Archive: Rape culture

Jul 13 2014

Bent over a pool table

Kirsten Gillibrand – you know, the wild and crazy “radical feminist” US Senator – tweeted about a must-read article in the New York Times today, so I read it. It’s an extended look at one investigation of a sexual assault complaint at a college. She was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on …

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Jul 10 2014

Pictures of themselves splayed out on the ground

Amanda Marcotte on the Jada outrage. Man, does this demonstrate what a double-edged sword social media can be when it comes to issues of assault and bullying. On one hand, social media can be used to pile on someone who is already the victim of abuse. The Houston Press reports that after Jada gave her interview to KHOU, another …

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Jul 10 2014

So raping girls for lolz is a thing now is it?

There’s another Steubenville type case in Texas, to provide us with yet more despair about human beings. In an incident that shares several elements with the infamous Steubenville rape case that made national headlines last year, a 16-year-old girl from Texas says that photos of her unconscious body went viral online after she was drugged and raped at a …

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Mar 18 2014

Exposed to 18 years of prevention messages

The RAINN advice seems to be wrong in another place – page 2 of the pdf: By the time they reach college, most students have been exposed to 18 years of prevention messages, in one form or another. Thanks to repeated messages from parents, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, the media and, yes, the culture at …

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Mar 18 2014

“Rape is caused not by cultural factors”

RAINN,  the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, wrote a letter to a new White House task force charged with creating a plan to reduce rape on college campuses. The letter includes what seems to me to be a strikingly bad piece of advice. In 16 pages of recommendations, RAINN urged the task focus to remain focused …

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Dec 28 2012

Since the rapists started harassing her

And then there’s the rape victim in India who killed herself yesterday. She was being harassed by the rapists. That’s right. First they rape her, then they make her life hell afterwards because. The police also got in on the act, making her report to the police station late at night and tell them all …

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Dec 28 2012

The news from India

Avicenna is on his way out to the protest, to provide medical coverage. He was already getting ready to go when the victim’s death was reported; now he expects riots. Be careful, Avi. Meanwhile, experts were giving their views in the hours before the victim lost the fight. “Had the girl simply surrendered (and not …

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Dec 28 2012

Tho thorry their thentimenth got hurt

NPR reports on the Delhi rape victim and rape culture in India (without calling it that). The victim of a gang-rape in New Delhi fought for her life at a Singapore hospital Friday as officials in the Indian state of Punjab fired and suspended police officers accused of ignoring the rape of another woman, who …

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