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In a story published yesterday, USA Today worked with journalists from 75 newspapers to take inventory of untested rape kits around the country—finding more than 70,000 untested, and possibly thousands more. Their comprehensive feature includes anecdotes from rape survivors, interviews with law enforcement, and even a search engine to see how many untested rape kits there are in your county’s police department. Yet, as they state, there is still more questioning and corresponding activism to be done. Read More
If you’re looking for good (well, good-ish) news for women in Texas, here’s something. Thanks to an 11 million dollar budget appropriation for the Texas Department of Public Safety, thousands of untested rape kits can finally be analyzed  Which is cool, for a second, until you do a double-take on that line: thousands of untested rape kits. So this triumph is sort of marred by the fact that there was a severe backlog for so many years. The guestimate is somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 untested rape kits. Read More
Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old Papua New Guinean woman, was accused of witchcraft and burned alive on Wednesday. Relatives of a recently deceased 6-year-old boy alleged that Leniata’s sorcery was responsible for his death. For this crime, Leniata was stripped naked, tortured with an iron rod, doused in gasoline and set on fire. Pictures of this horrific event ran on the front page of both of Papua New Guinea’s daily newspapers. According to the Time report, “Local police and firefighters claim they were unable to help the women due to the large crowds that gathered to watch. Read More
  Dear sir, I'd like to start by thanking you. I did appreciate the brisk efficiency with which you mugged me as I approached my front door this past weekend. Granted, I know your window of time was small since there was plenty of foot traffic on my block that evening. It was so bustling that as I walked, I let myself be distracted by the sight of a rabbit and a rat running alongside each other in the alley near my house. Read More