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 It seems like a given that a victim of sexual assault should never, ever have to pay for the tests and treatments that attempt to lessen the horror of her experience. Apparently, that is not the case in several states around the country, most noticeably in Louisiana. Recent victims who entered hospitals, like Interim LSU which recently became part of the private entity Louisiana Children's Medical Center, have received bills upwards of $2,000, sometimes months after their visit. Read More
Back in April, a White House task force released a twenty-page report that proposed steps to address the disturbingly high rates of sexual assault on college campuses (1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, often by someone she knows, often in her first two years at school). The report outlines ways the federal government can better understand and prevent this epidemic. These include demanding access to accurate data from universities, engaging men in prevention, and helping schools respond effectively and responsibly to cases of assault. Read More
CeeLo Green posted some VERY NOT OKAY tweets on Monday saying (according to him) “rape is not really rape.” These shocking statements, he said, were replies to Twitter users attacking him about his drug case this past Friday.       Green claims he may or may not have fed ecstasy to a woman after a dinner in 2012. The woman said she woke up naked in his bed with no recollection of what happened. Read More
The latest project from art activist group FORCE is crossing the country this month with the goal of upsetting rape culture. At each stop on the Monument Quilt's 13-city tour, FORCE invites survivors to share their stories on quilt squares. The Monument Quilt's final stop is in Washington, D.C., where quilt squares will be stitched together to form the message "Not Alone".     Today the Monument Quilt visits NYC! Visit the Queens Museum from 3pm to 8pm to eat cookies, tell your story, and to act as a witness. Read More
"Local teenage girl attends a seemingly innocent high school party with no conception that later that evening, she would be drugged and subsequently raped by monstrous, morally debauched high school boys, or scorned and mocked by social-media-ridden photographs commemorating the horrific event." A tale that has become so commonplace, that it seems almost as unremarkable as the headline “Local Family Searches for Runaway Dog.” But thanks to 16 year old rape survivor Jada, hopefully this treatment of rape as an unremarkable occurrence among adolescents, will come to an end. Read More
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.  As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault cases. James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia is one of them. Read More
In 2013 a student at Swarthmore college “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months… They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes.”  She states that “‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you. Read More
  A small grove of mango trees lies at the edge of the village of Katra, offering shelter from the harsh sun of the north Indian plains.  For for two young girls, found repeatedly raped and hanged with their own headscarves in the early morning hours of May 30th, that sanctuary offered only isolation for their brutal assault. Read More
So, it's right around the bend: the season of the flesh. It is about to be (already kind of is?) super sticky out, which means it's time to try on your old shorts/skirts/dresses to see if they still fit/look for an excuse to buy some cuter and trendier ones.  In being a people-watcher and shameless ease-dropper, I can't help but notice how much judgement is so casually thrown on women's dress--pretty much all the time, but especially in the summer, and especially by other women. Read More
  Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.” On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names of male undergraduates. Read More