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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Christian Colleges Have a Sexual Assault Problem

Christian Colleges Have a Sexual Assault Problem | Herstory | Scoop.it
Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.
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Commodifying women’s safety « Trouble and Strife

Commodifying women’s safety « Trouble and Strife | Herstory | Scoop.it

Can mobile phone apps help to protect women from domestic and sexual violence? A recent study suggests that they might do more harm than good, as Nicole Westmarland explains.

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Is Patricia Esparza Responsible for the Murder of Her Alleged Rapist?

Is Patricia Esparza Responsible for the Murder of Her Alleged Rapist? | Herstory | Scoop.it

How much responsibility does Patricia Esparza bear for the death of Gonzalo Ramirez? Does her fear and paralysis excuse her, or should she spend years in prison for failing to save the man who raped her?

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An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow

An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow | Herstory | Scoop.it
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter, speaks out about her experience.


For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like. I didn’t like how often he would take me away from my mom, siblings and friends to be alone with him. I didn’t like it when he would stick his thumb in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I had to get in bed with him under the sheets when he was in his underwear. I didn’t like it when he would place his head in my naked lap and breathe in and breathe out. I would hide under beds or lock myself in the bathroom to avoid these encounters, but he always found me. These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal. I thought this was how fathers doted on their daughters. But what he did to me in the attic felt different. I couldn’t keep the secret anymore.

When I asked my mother if her dad did to her what Woody Allen did to me, I honestly did not know the answer. I also didn’t know the firestorm it would trigger. I didn’t know that my father would use his sexual relationship with my sister to cover up the abuse he inflicted on me. I didn’t know that he would accuse my mother of planting the abuse in my head and call her a liar for defending me. I didn’t know that I would be made to recount my story over and over again, to doctor after doctor, pushed to see if I’d admit I was lying as part of a legal battle I couldn’t possibly understand. At one point, my mother sat me down and told me that I wouldn’t be in trouble if I was lying – that I could take it all back. I couldn’t. It was all true. But sexual abuse claims against the powerful stall more easily. There were experts willing to attack my credibility. There were doctors willing to gaslight an abused child.

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This Intense Short Film About Sexual Abuse Will Destroy Your Silence Forever

In India, a woman is sexually assaulted every three minutes and raped every 20 minutes. However, many Indian women are afraid to speak up, fearing retribution from the very same monsters who abused them, and harsh judgement from an insensitive society.

 

A recent short film by Pooja Batura that’s making waves around the internet is telling them to do exactly the opposite. The film is simply titled “Bol” and captures the different kinds of sexual abuse an Indian woman suffers from during her lifetime, from child abuse to work place harassment to marital rape.  The message is clear and simple, “The more you talk, the less it will happen.”

 


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This is an Outrage!  Speak up for  yourself, or Advocate for those who

Can't!!

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Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women

Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women | Herstory | Scoop.it
Maybe you don't want to call it a "war on women". Maybe you find the word "war" to be over-the-top, despite the facts regarding bombings, shootings, rape, and other violent attacks against women, i...
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National report: Sexual assaults grossly underreported, police ill equipped to support victims

National report: Sexual assaults grossly underreported, police ill equipped to support victims | Herstory | Scoop.it
If the culture keep blaming victims, "we will continue to see rapes go unreported," said one expert
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What we know. But the next time some idiot tries to debate you...

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Need a clear definition of sexual assault
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Many anti-violence activists begin from the precarious presumption of community; that a survivor has a social base they can turn to for support, or else a support network that escapes the influence...

Many anti-violence activists begin from the precarious presumption of community; that a survivor has a social base they can turn to for support, or else a support network that escapes the influence... | Herstory | Scoop.it
Betrayal: A Critical Analysis of Rape Culture in Anarchist Subcultures (via america-wakiewakie)
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I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened

I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened | Herstory | Scoop.it
You may have heard my story, thanks to Anonymous who trended #justice4daisy. I'm not done fighting yet.
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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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Rape jokes are not jokes.

Rape jokes are not jokes. | Herstory | Scoop.it

Woman-hating jokes are not jokes. These guys are telling you what they think. When you laugh along to get their approval, you give them yours.


Thomas Millar, Meet the Predators. 

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Most jokes are bashing someone. It's pretty rare to find someone who is truly just funny. Either they are bashing some group of people: fat people, short people, women, etc or they are putting themselves down in an attempt to get people to laugh with them but not at them.
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Ultraviolet | This has to stop

Ultraviolet | This has to stop | Herstory | Scoop.it
Teens in Steubenville had no idea it was rape. Yale thinks a written reprimand is a good enough punishment for "nonconsensual sex." There's an epidemic in this country, and RAPE CONFUSION HAS TO STOP.
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Immigration Reform 2013: Will Abused Undocumented Women Get Their Rights? | YWCA USA Blog

Immigration Reform 2013: Will Abused Undocumented Women Get Their Rights? | YWCA USA Blog | Herstory | Scoop.it

After the terribly tragic events that took place in Boston, the country has pulled together to mourn our losses and move on. The new immigration bill is still in process of being reviewed and debated on Capitol Hill, but one thing that hasn’t really been discussed is the state of undocumented women, particularly victims of sexual abuse and rape. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of immigration, the truth is that the sooner rape victims receive help; the better they are at handling trauma. The Violence Against Women Act signed by President Obama earlier this year covers undocumented women who are victims of domestic violence. What does this mean for the new immigration bill?

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What "Rape Culture" Means

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Yakiri Rubio Killed Her Rapist in Self-Defense—Now She May Go to Prison | VICE United States

Yakiri Rubio Killed Her Rapist in Self-Defense—Now She May Go to Prison | VICE United States | Herstory | Scoop.it
Yakiri Rubio was kidnapped and raped in Mexico City this December. Now she—and not her attackers—faces ten years in prison.

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Where is the justice? In Yakiri Rubio's case there are anomalies.

According to the Commission for Human Rights in Mexico City, the actions of the Prosecutor’s Office and the magistrate’s court "were focused on prosecuting a capital murder crime and ignoring a sexual violence crime."

When Yakiri entered the Prosecutor’s Office, she didn't get a test to confirm she had been raped. She was not even allowed to call her family. Lucia Lagunes Huerta, the director of CIMAC, a feminist news agency, told me that the written law and the implemented law are different things. "There is a certain logic in the world that women don't matter and that violence against us is provoked by us," said Huerta.

When I called the District Attorney's office in Mexico City (PGJDF), they wouldn't comment. But Rodolfo Ríos Garza, a member of the PGJDF, had said in a press conference: “We have statements in the previous investigation, where she enters the hotel willingly with someone and therefore there is no evidence of rape."

The judge who sentenced her to prison, Santiago Avila Negron, was accused of corruption and sexual harassment in 2004.

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Bob Jones University Has Way Of Shutting That Year-Long Sex Abuse Study Down

Bob Jones University Has Way Of Shutting That Year-Long Sex Abuse Study Down | Herstory | Scoop.it
Bob Jones University shut down a yearlong investigation into sex abuse complaints before a final report came out. They had really good reasons, we’re sure.
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List: States where rape is most common

List: States where rape is most common | Herstory | Scoop.it


"Alaska's rate is three times the national average; New Jersey's rate is lowest"


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I don't think it is a coincidence that at the top of this list of worsts are states with high populations of native persons.

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I don't think it is a coincidence that at the top of this list of worsts are states with high populations of native persons.

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I don't think it is a coincidence that at the top of this list of worsts are states with high populations of native persons.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 4, 8:35 PM

I don't think it is a coincidence that at the top of this list of worsts are states with high populations of native persons.

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A Few Weeks Before She Was Crowned 'Miss World,' She Was Raped. But This Isn't Just Her Story.

A Few Weeks Before She Was Crowned 'Miss World,' She Was Raped. But This Isn't Just Her Story. | Herstory | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.

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Obama Tackles College Sex Assaults as Dad, President

Obama Tackles College Sex Assaults as Dad, President | Herstory | Scoop.it
For President Obama, combating sexual assault in the U.S., particularly in college communities, isn’t just part of his job as president. It’s also one of his top priorities as a dad.
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Stoking Fire: How News Outlets, Prosecutors Minimize Sexual Violence With Language

Stoking Fire: How News Outlets, Prosecutors Minimize Sexual Violence With Language | Herstory | Scoop.it

Words, and the way we use them to describe rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and sexual slavery, can evoke sympathy or revulsion toward the perpetrator of a crime or the person who was victimized. Furthermore, both the media and the legal system have tremendous power in eliciting emotions and stirring the pot of public sentiment.

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Law enforcement reportedly told victim of alleged sexual assault her life would be “made miserable” if she pursued rape case

Law enforcement reportedly told victim of alleged sexual assault her life would be “made miserable” if she pursued rape case | Herstory | Scoop.it
Cops allegedly told the victim's lawyer that she should should "think long and hard" before filing charges
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Prison Guard Repeatedly Rapes Inmate; Warden Shrugs: 'Go on Birth Control,' Lawsuit Claims

Prison Guard Repeatedly Rapes Inmate; Warden Shrugs: 'Go on Birth Control,' Lawsuit Claims | Herstory | Scoop.it

An Alabama jail guard raped an inmate repeatedly, and the female warden told her there was nothing she could do about it - but put her on birth control, the woman claims in court.

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On the idea of ‘winning the girl’

On the idea of ‘winning the girl’ | Herstory | Scoop.it

Indeed, the idea of ‘winning the girl’ – of overcoming female objections or resistance through repeated and frequently escalating efforts – is central to most of our modern romantic narratives. (Female persistence, by contrast, is viewed as pathetic.) And the more I think about instances of creepiness, harassment and stalking that culminate in either the threat or actuality of sexual assault, the more I’m convinced that a massive part of the problem is this socially sanctioned idea that men are fundamentally entitled to persist.

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Brina | 'I'm Not a Monster': What Ariel Castro's Testimony Teaches Us About Rape Culture

Brina | 'I'm Not a Monster': What Ariel Castro's Testimony Teaches Us About Rape Culture | Herstory | Scoop.it

When Castro states that the women he kidnapped were not virgins before he raped them, he is implying that their status is somehow lessened because of this. He’s trying to say that because these women had previously engaged in sexual relationships (god forbid!) their value isn’t as important as women who are virgins.

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Joint Chiefs’ Testimony on Sexual Assault Dismays Senators

Joint Chiefs’ Testimony on Sexual Assault Dismays Senators | Herstory | Scoop.it

by JENNIFER STEINHAUER, New York Times

 

Senator Roy Blunt sat silently for nearly an hour as his colleagues on the Armed Services Committee questioned one military leader after another on Tuesday about what they were doing to address the problem of sexual assault in the military, and then assessed their responses: “Stunningly bad.”

In particular, Mr. Blunt chided Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, for displaying scant knowledge of how military allies of the United States had dealt with sexual assault in their ranks, and for thanking Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, for “the tip” that other countries had grappled with the issue.


“Has anybody who works for you been asking this?” Mr. Blunt, Republican of Missouri, asked with clear exasperation.


In a rare appearance together, a majority of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — as well as the commandant of the Coast Guard and other military officials — testified before the committee about how the military should approach the problem as Congress prepares to vote on several measures that would significantly change military policy.

“Discipline is the heart of the military culture, and trust is its soul,” said Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and the chairman of the committee. “The plague of sexual assault erodes both the heart and the soul.”
 

Senators from both parties pressed the leaders, at times using strong language, about why, decades after the full integration of women into the military, the problem seems to have worsened. Senator John McCain, an
Arizona Republican, recalled meeting with a woman whose daughter was considering entering the military if Mr. McCain, a former naval aviator, could offer his “unqualified support” of the choice. “I could not,” he said. [MORE]


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Lingerie Football Coach Sexually Threatens Player in Fun Promo Video

Lingerie Football Coach Sexually Threatens Player in Fun Promo Video | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Lingerie Football League — which recently renamed itself the Legends Football League and made a big production of women getting real, protective uniforms but those new real, protective uniforms look suspiciously exactly like lingerie — has posted a promotional video to its YouTube channel where one of its coaches yells at a player "I'm going to fuck you in the face!" Charming.

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