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What Steubenville, Glen Ridge and Now Maryville Have In Common

October 15, 2013


“There are two sides to every story.” This is what a woman said to me after I attempted to commiserate about what happened in the town I live in, Glen Ridge, NJ,  in 1989 after seven boys were convicted of raping a girl with multiple objects (including a plunger.) The girl had a lower than […]

“It Wasn’t Rape-Rape” — Whoopi Goldberg

September 19, 2013


 Guest Post by Dr. Andrea Chisolm I had forgotten about Whoopi Goldberg’s controversial comment, “It wasn’t rape-rape” until I read it again in Rebecca Keegan’s article, in the Los Angeles Times, about Samantha Geimer’s memoir, The Girl in which she recounts her rape by Roman Polanski and its repercussions. I haven’t read the memoir yet, but the […]

Roman Polanski Frolicks With Tiny Camera As Vanity Fair Explains The Injustice Around His Rape Case

September 18, 2013


When grave injustices occur in our system, outrage usually follows. It’s difficult to empathize with a rapist, namely a famous rapist, i.e., Roman Polanski, even when his victim, Samantha Geimer, implores us to do so in her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” But as it goes, the judge in […]

Six Things You Should Know When You’re Talking About Rape, Black Women And Dancing

September 3, 2013


The first thing you should know about the so-called Steubenville Rape is that this was not a rape involving intercourse. The first thing you should know is it is always a mistake when you write a sentence such as this. But this is how Richard Cohen started the second paragraph of his Washington Post column […]

How To Kill A Girl

August 16, 2013


During the last lap of a heat wave in Boston, the Herald and every other paper splashed stories about a young woman who was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, sexually assaulted and killed. Amy Lord was picked off the street on her way to the gym at 6 a.m. A young woman snuffed out while the rest of […]

Open Letter To Serena Williams: Own Up To Victim Blaming And Make It Right

June 19, 2013


Serena, I remember watching you from the US Open. Andy and I in our nosebleed seats and thinking who cares, we get to witness the greatness that is Serena Williams pound someone on the court! You’re a hero to men and women. Girls and Boys. I’ve spoke about you as a role model to my […]

Zero Sexual Assault Victims Present On Sexual Assault In The Military Panel

June 6, 2013


Yesterday was the first day of the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military. This is taking place because the women in our military, those ladies with Uzi’s fighting for our country, are also prying the creepy, wandering hands of the men in their troop off them. As a reminder, 26,000 […]

26,000 Attempts of Sexual Assault In The Military In 2012

May 8, 2013


26,000 attempts of sexual assault occurred in the military this year, says a new report released by the Pentagon yesterday. Worse, the leader of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit (yes, you read that right), Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, has been charged with “misdemeanor sexual battery” by the Arlington County police. His face […]

This Needs To Stop: Two Rape Victims Dead As Result Of Online Shaming

April 12, 2013


When will it stop? This week two teenage girls–TWO–killed themselves as a result of not just their brutal gang rapes, but because their brutal gang rapes were passed along on the internet like horrible entertainment. Feed the girl to the lions. This is not the Coliseum, folks. We no longer feed victims to the Lion, […]

Rape: Consent, Enthusiastic Consent and Non-Consent

March 12, 2013


1. Adam had shitty sex with his new girlfriend on Girls and we’re all trying to decide if it was rape. I for one turned to my husband and said, “Was that a rape scene I just witnessed?” Even though he was cringing while watching, he thought no, but he’s never been in a position, […]