Rape Culture Archives

Rape victims and anonymity

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This week Nafissatou Diallo, the accuser in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape case, broke her silence in a print interview with Newsweek and a televison interview with ABC News An alleged rape victim coming forward in such a public way is unprecedented. Rape shield laws have historically protected victims of sexual assault. Because rape is considered especially harmful compared to other crimes, extra measures are taken to ensure victims recover and heal without public criticism.

MADRE Denounces Sexual Violence Against Iraqi Women Protesters

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A petition from MADRE, a global women's rights organization, is accusing Iraqi government security forces of sexually assaulting women to break up pro-democracy protests and demanding that officials intervene to protect the peaceful demonstrators.

Nafissatou Diallo speaks out

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Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her, has given her version of events to US magazine Newsweek in an attempt to clear her name.

Beyond “the DSK maid”: Nafissatou Diallo breaks her silence in Newsweek

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In the context of the range of misogynistic, xenophobic, and classist coverage that has been associated with the high-profile rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund and presidential hopeful in France, the Newsweek scoop detailing Nafissatou Diallo’s story is an improvement in some ways (which is, mind you, not saying much).

True Blood Season Four and Female-on-Male Rape

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I’m serial posting like a demon! And when I should be doing uni work, too. But hey, I’ve only got this platform for another week, so I might as well use it, right?

Can technology help prevent sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses?

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They’ve launched a challenge in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden encouraging developers to create a smartphone app that will help prevent sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses. Acknowledging the high rates of sexual assault among young college-aged women in particular, (nineteen percent of women report experiencing sexual assault while in college), the “Apps Against Abuse” challenge is meant to result in an app that will “offer individuals a way to connect with trusted friends in real-time to prevent abuse or violence from occurring.”

To our male allies: a challenge

From: discoverfeminism.com |

  Two years ago, I participated in a MPRIG-sponsored panel on sexual violence during the University of Minnesota's Welcome Week. To their great credit, a large number of earnest 18-year-olds showed up to discuss an issue far less appealing than learning the forehand frisbee throw. During both the morning and the afternoon sessions, I heard a question that I remember from my own college days, asked the bravest straight male in the room: "This is really upsetting. Are women actually assuming I'm a perpetrator just because I have a penis?"

Ms. Magazine tells FBI: Rape is Rape

From: discoverfeminism.com |

When it comes to defining rape, the FBI has a shockingly narrow stance on the subject matter. According to the Uniform Crime Report (the annual report of crime statistics compiled by the FBI) some of the acts not considered rape by the FBI include: forced anal sex or oral sex, rape with an object, and statutory rape. It also never counts when men or transgendered persons are raped, nor when alcohol or drugs are used to incapacitate the victim. That's why Ms. Magazine launched the No More Excuses: Rape is Rape campaign to ask the FBI to update this dangerously inaccurate definition.

Assange

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As you're probably already well aware, the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was held this week. Much of the hearing focused on the issue of whether his sexual behaviour towards the two women involved in the accusations against him constituted a crime. I'm not a legal expert and I'm not in a position to judge whether or not he should be extradited. However, I do want to add my voice to those who have pointed out that no matter the legal definition, no one should have any difficulty labelling this behaviour as abusive.

Outsourcing Intuition — a quick note on elevatorgate

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The Elevatorgate scandal, which began when Rebecca Watson of SkepChick reported being sexually harassed by in an elevator by a man at an atheist conference, has been the talk of the web for nearly a month.

Yet another victim-blaming travesty

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Six footballers who were imprisoned for raping 12 year old girls have been released, after judges ruled that their 2-year sentences were "excessive". The six men all admitted various charges of rape, after raping two 12 year old girls in a park late at night. But today Lord Justice Moses, Mr Justice Holroyde and Judge Francis Gilbert QC ruled that being imprisoned was inappropriate as it was a 'difficult' case.

Sexual harassment discussion in the atheist and skeptical communities

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On June 20, Rebecca Watson of Skepchick posted a video discussing a panel she spoke on at the World Atheist Convention in early June. Here’s an excerpt of the relevant segment:

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