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Lara McLeod was raped. Then she was arrested. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed published the story of Lara's rape and subsequent family struggles in an in-depth story and interview. Then 19, Lara was raped by her sister’s fiancé in the summer of 2011. She was home for the summer after her first year of college when Joaquin Rams showed her his gun, forced her to have sex with him and threatened to take her to a stranger’s party to be gang-raped by more men if she didn’t. Read More
  “Until It Happens to You” by Lady Gaga was recorded for the movie The Hunting Ground, which explores rape culture on college campuses nationwide. The film exposes how school administrations attempt to sweep rape allegations under the rug through red tape and victim blaming.   Lady Gaga showcases the song, true to its original context, in a music video portraying three different scenarios of sexual assault on a campus. Read More
Chrissie Hynde will go down in history as many things: one of the first women to front a rock band, a songwriter of revolutionizing titles including “Brass in Pocket,” and now, as a sympathizer of rapists. But Hynde isn’t backing these horrendous criminals blindly. No, in fact, she’s been there as a victim herself, so don’t tell her she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Because, you know, rape victims did ask for it. All women are asking for it. Read More
Menstrual pads and street art activism have finally united in one young woman's fight for gender equality. Elone has been putting up period pads with feminist messages about rape all over her German city, and the response is already worldwide: After launching the campaign on International Women’s Day (March 8th), women in Brazil, Sweden, and the US have contacted Elone in hopes of starting similar campaigns in their own cities. This trumps any criticism and controversy the young feminist may be receiving from those who are offended by her use of feminine hygiene products. Read More
This past year, we’ve seen substantial progress toward empowering rape survivors to come forward, but it is no secret that the process is still a blame-and-shame game—a long and arduous process that rarely results in justice. Victims, who have already gone through unimaginable trauma, are forced to endure hours of questioning and physical examinations. This is, of course, necessary in investigating any crime, but rape is very often not given the serious treatment it deserves. Read More
A New York Times article is encouraging sororities to throw parties as part of a larger effort to minimize the risk of sexual violence against women at campus Greek parties. The article claims that if sororities offered alternatives to frat parties, they would prevent some of the obvious dangers that many frat parties tend to have and create safer spaces for women to enjoy themselves. “Instead of only regulating fraternities,” the article says, “administrators might want to consider a more free-market approach to changing the campus party scene. Read More
Terry Crews, the former NFL player, current Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor, and author of Manhood: How to Be a Better Man - or Just Live With One, delivered the keynote address at a conference addressing violence against women and new directions for masculinity. So, now I’m sitting here watching this guy -- speak candidly with Elamin Abdelmahmoud about feminism: What we’re talking about is gender equality -- true gender equality. But the problem is that men have always felt they are more valuable. Read More
You've probably been seeing Bill Cosby's name popping up everywhere recently. Ever since comedian Hannibal Buress brought up the rape allegations against Cosby at a recent show, causing a stir in the entertainment community, a lot has gone down.  It's not an easy truth to face (Cosby is a beloved comic, actor, and pop culture father figure to many), but these are the facts and the recent repercussions that are now rippling through the media: Earlier this week, Joan Tarshis accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1969. Read More
  Hundreds of men and women gathered in the Kenyan capitol, Nairobi, to protest the attack on a woman "guilty" of wearing a miniskirt in public.   The protestors handed out flowers and chanted, “Shame on you,” at the bus stop in Nairobi’s Central Business District, where the attack took place. Multiple men cornered the woman in the street, tore off her clothes and forced her onto the ground, all as a result for her personal choice in clothing that day. The Facebook group, Kilimani Mums, organized the event, calling it “MyDressMyChoice". Read More
 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