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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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When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims

When Evangelicalism Makes Things Easy For Sexual Offenders – and Hard for Their Victims | Herstory | Scoop.it
by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy Feminism

Evangelical teachings on repentance and forgiveness create a tremendous problem when it comes to rape or other forms of abuse. If you commit a sin and repent of it, God forgives you. I remember hearing Psalm 103:12 quoted constantly: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Of course, this was always said in a positive way—isn’t it awesome that God forgives us no matter what? But it doesn’t must mean God forgives us. It also means God forgives rapists, child molesters, and so on—fully and completely.
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The shocking testimony of soldiers who rape

The shocking testimony of soldiers who rape | Herstory | Scoop.it
“When we rape we feel free”, a young soldier in the Congolese Army confesses with astonishing candour. In a country where it’s estimated that 48 women are raped every hour, his actions have become virtually the norm, and not the exception. The Democratic Republic of Congo has born the brunt of vicious wars and fighting almost continuously since 1996, concentrated in the east of the country. One of the reasons the women repeat to anyone who bothers to ask them is: “where there’s fighting there’s rape”.
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Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed

Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed | Herstory | Scoop.it
Attacks on girls and women as they look for somewhere private to defecate are frighteningly common. Improving basic sanitation, as a global goal would do a lot to make them safer

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When Women Refuse

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We're collecting stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances. Share yours...
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Deanna Zandt, catalogs stories of violence inflicted on women who reject sexual advances.

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The Most Powerful #YesAllWomen Tweets

The Most Powerful #YesAllWomen Tweets | Herstory | Scoop.it
The suspect in Friday's killings in Santa Barbara, Calif. wrote a manifesto promising revenge on all the women who had rejected him. But Twitter users responded with their own thoughts on and experiences of misogyny, centered around the hashtag #YesAllWomen
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The bitter truth in this tweet

"Because I used to tip car drivers 40% for "not raping and killing me" when I was in high school."

Deb Bailey's comment, May 26, 6:18 AM
Earliest rule I learned when going out with girlfriends was to never be separated. We would go to the ladies room together and leave the club together. Safety in numbers.
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Every woman has her stories
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10 Signs You're In The Wrong Relationship

10 Signs You're In The Wrong Relationship | Herstory | Scoop.it
Let's face it: When we're newly coupled up, we tend to look at our partner -- and the budding relationship itself -- through a pair of proverbial rose-colored glasses.

Any flaws we detect in our partner are all too easily written off: He shies aw...
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See also: 13 Signs You’re In A Toxic Relationship

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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.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, February 4, 8:33 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.

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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Using art to create awareness on violence against women

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"Jemima Robinson has been living in Kenya for a little more than a year, long enough to understand that rape, be it reported or unreported, is a serious problem here.

It’s so serious that she felt compelled to talk about it, not in words but visually, through a three-dimensional installation entitled ‘327 Unreported’ which is currently up at Kuona Trust through December 20th."


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"Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America" Trailer

Preview of the documentary film about gender violence in the US. The film follows the story of Kim, as she and her three children make their way through a Duluth,…

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Document the Abuse

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Document the Abuse, Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit


Born out of the Stacy Peterson Case, the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (E.A.A.) was created for victims of domestic violence, to insure that the victim’s words about her fears and previous violence will not disappear if she does. The ability to prove who likely seriously injured, abducted, or killed someone is as only as good as the evidence. The E.A.A. was developed to assist victims in documenting their experiences in ways that will help the legal system successfully prosecute in the future.


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Brilliant Comic Highlights the Complexity of Speaking Out About Sexual Assault

Brilliant Comic Highlights the Complexity of Speaking Out About Sexual Assault | Herstory | Scoop.it

Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual violence, reactions to sexual violence, and victim blaming.


Speaking of sexism and comics, this simple 3 panel webcomic tweeted today by @GirlhoodStudies is alllll kinds of genius. It juxtaposes the kinds of reactions people have to hearing about sexual harrassment and, in doing so, shows the viewer how friggin’ hard to is to talk about sexual violence in a meaningful way – as if we didn’t know that already.

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Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat.

Women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone fat. | Herstory | Scoop.it

When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.

It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”

I mean, it’s just true.

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Feminist Anxiety about Domestic Violence Against Men | The ...

Feminist Anxiety about Domestic Violence Against Men | The ... | Herstory | Scoop.it
The picture about women's capacity for violence changes when taking into account domestic violence in lesbian relationships, mother's physical abuse of their children, and women who commit sexual harassment in workplace.

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It's Not Your Fault: Stories of Sexual Violence (YouTube)

Four female high school students share their stories of sexual violence, resistance and healing. This video was produced in the VOICES after-school program a...


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Sex or Sex Assault: The 5 Ws Checklist

Sex or Sex Assault: The 5 Ws Checklist | Herstory | Scoop.it

The American Judicial system has once again sent a clear message to America’s girls: sexual assault—even rape—is no big deal.

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Fifth arrest over gang-rape and murder of two cousins in India

Fifth arrest over gang-rape and murder of two cousins in India | Herstory | Scoop.it
Two girls aged 14 and 15, were raped, killed and hanged from a mango tree in a small village in the state of Uttar Pradesh Continue reading...

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The victims family revolted in silence, they are outcaste. The story will always end in: blaming the victims

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Driving Female Victims Crazy

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Women, report rape, get labeled as having a mental illness. This isn't only something that happens in the military, you know; it's just easier to document this group of women and to hold an institu...
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Sexual Assault: Power Money Control : Infographic

Sexual Assault: Power Money Control : Infographic | Herstory | Scoop.it
Often a taboo subject, victims often remain silent, fearing retribution or blaming themselves. Learn the facts about how and why these crimes are comm

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malek's curator insight, April 30, 6:22 AM

But what's Sexual assault in the first place?

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. Examples of this are voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), exhibitionism (when someone exposes him/herself in public), incest (sexual contact between family members), and sexual harassment. It can happen in different situations:  in the home by someone you know, on a date, or by a stranger in an isolated place.

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How to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

How to Help Victims of Domestic Violence | Herstory | Scoop.it

Someone sent me an ask about this via tumblr and it turned into a novella so I thought I’d also publish at as a post. The ask was enquiring about how to help victims of domestic violence in two situations; strangers on the street and friends.

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Crimes Against Women Grossly Underestimated, Report Says - MedicineNet

Crimes Against Women Grossly Underestimated, Report Says - MedicineNet | Herstory | Scoop.it
Violence committed against women by men is vastly under-reported in many countries, a large new study finds.
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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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Just as women’s youth and physical attractiveness figure heavily in men’s initial mate preference, they also determine the intensity of effort men devote to holding on to her.

Just as women’s youth and physical attractiveness figure heavily in men’s initial mate preference, they also determine the intensity of effort men devote to holding on to her. | Herstory | Scoop.it

of [relationship] ‘vigilance’ include calling at unexpected times to see who s/he was with, having their friends check up on him/her, dropping by unexpectedly to see what s/he is doing, not letting s/he out of their site at a party. Examples of [relationship] violence include: hitting the [person] who made a pass at [their partner], slapping the [person] who made a pass a their partner, threatening their partner, and getting his/her friends to beat up the person who was interested in their partner.


Other tactics of ‘mate guarding’ include the ‘concealment of a mate’ (e.g., not taking them out to the party where other males/females will be present), ‘monopolizing of a mate’s time’ (e.g., spending all their free time with their partner so that they cannot meet anyone else), verbal threats, (e.g., threatening to break up with him/her if they ever cheat…), derogation of competition, (e.g., pointing out to their partner the other man/woman’s flaws), resource display, (e.g., buying them an expensive gift), appearance enhancement, (e.g., making themselves ‘extra attractive’ for their partner), sexual inducement, (e.g., performing sexual favors to keep their partner around), physical signs of possession, (e.g., holding their partner’s hand when other men/women are around), and possessive ornamentation, (e.g., asking their partner to wear a ring signifying that s/he is taken).


Men and women differ in how frequently they perform these mate-guarding tactics. Men are more likely than women to attempt to conceal their mates, use possessive markings, (e.g., asking her to wear his jacket), display resources, threaten rivals, and use physical violence toward rivals as tactics of mate guarding. Women are more likely than men to enhance their physical appearance and flirt with other men as tactics of mate guarding.


Our study of 107 newlywed married couples explored predictors of the intensity of effort a person allocated to mate guarding. Men married to young and physically attractive women, those high in reproductive value, mate-guarded them most intensely. These men were more likely than other men to conceal their mates, display emotional outbursts at the slightest signals of infidelity, and threaten other men with violence. Examples of the specific actions these men performed include:


(1) Refusing to take her to the party where other men were present, (2) Insisting that she spend all her free time with him, (3) Yelling at her for talking to another man, (4) Telling her that he would die if she ever left him, (5) Derogating the other man’s intelligence, (6) Staring coldly at the other guy who was looking at her.


Just as women’s youth and physical attractiveness figure heavily in men’s initial mate preference, they also determine the intensity of effort men devote to holding on to her.


Buss, David. "The Murderer Next Door: Why The Mind Is Designed To Kill." Penguin Press; New York, 2005. (p. 146 - 147)

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On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded

On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded | Herstory | Scoop.it

On this date, November 6th, in 1967 a baby girl was born; just 21 years later, on July 18, 1989, she would be murdered.

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Remembering -- and honoring -- Rebecca Schaeffer. Be an action figure!

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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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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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