The Hong Kong Security Secretary, Lai Tung-kwok, is under fire for saying something incredibly stupid. Namely, he said that if women drank less, they might get raped less. More
On the morality scale, returning a lost wallet is certainly on the “good” side of things. I mean, being caught using somebody’s lost credit card or license is illegal and wrong anyway, but still — it’s obviously better than, say, taking the money and throwing the wallet at a passing biker’s head.
But is it good enough to negate assault? Uhm…uhm…uhm…absolutely not. More
If you, like me, have been following the developments in the Cleveland kidnapping case with shock and horror, here is another one. Police have found a 2004 letter in alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro‘s house that reads like a suicide note, and 19 Action News’ Scott Taylor has been tweeting excerpts from it. More
There is no experiential empathy created from walking in some high heels, for the record. So why are colleges still using this as a “playful learning tool”? Since when did rape education need to be “playful”? More
“Do I tell him that he was raped or do I let him continue thinking it was just an unfortunate incident? Am I victimizing him or is society?” More
I’ve been a sex worker in a community structure three times, all of which have been different, and I prefer working in a group to working independently for a number of reasons. The main reasons is, of course, that by working in an environment with other women who not only know exactly what you do, but do it themselves, you have a built-in support network. More
“If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped.”
And now, I am shaking. More
In a story that sounds like every awful tale of rape, bullying and perpetrator-forgiveness as of late, a teenage girl was sexually assaulted by a star athlete at Forest Hills Central High School in Michigan in a soundproof band room. When she reported the incident to a teacher, who then told the principal, she was instructed not to tell police about the rape, as it could jeopardize her rapist’s chances of getting recruited for a college team. Her rapist, you see, was star of the school’s basketball team.
I realize this sounds strange and a bit dramatic and it’s not a huge consolation, but in the event that you have been raped and are experiencing this type of bullying, just know that we support you, we believe you, and we don’t forgive your attacker. More
Did you think you were done being outraged over various details associated with the Steubenville rape case just because it ended in a guilty verdict? Of course not, because you live in the real world, where grown ass men side with rapists because they want to win a game. More
I believe a lot of what helped me deal with not only the rape itself, but also the abuse, was my background in sex work. More
When rapper Rick Ross condoned rape in one of his songs, thousands of people were angered. The lyrics, which discussed drugging and raping a female with terrible bravado, hit far too close to home at a moment when high-profile cases like Steubenville or Rehtaeh Parsons dominate the public consciousness –
Crimes involving sexual assault and violence are always despicable, but there’s something particularly unsettling when they’re done by young people. In the case of three teenage girls from Ottawa, the cruel and dehumanizing acts committed are almost unbelievable.
Or rather, it’s easier to imagine a world where teen girls don’t beat children, distribute underage pornography and pimp out kids to be raped by men. More
The most powerful word in the English language is “NO.” More
Yesterday, we reported on the story of a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia named Rehtaeh Parsons who was allegedly gang raped while drunk, photographed, bullied incessantly and denied justice from all able parties until she attempted suicide. It reminded us of two things: Steubenville, and that people can be absolutely horrible to other people and face zero repercussions.
As Jamie asked yesterday, “What, if anything, can we do to keep things like this from happening over and over again?” What can we do, but also what will we do? More