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Last Wednesday, Ohio representative, Teresa Fedor (D), spoke out against an anti-abortion bill by sharing her rape and subsequent abortion that occurred during her time in the military…and a man laughed at her. Yup, you read that right.  Ohio’s state senate were voting on the Heartbeat Bill aka House Bill 69, which basically means if you’re a woman in Ohio and you become pregnant, once the fetal heartbeat is discovered (about 6 weeks in), having an abortion is off the table. Read More
The weekend is coming. We're super stoked to go home and curl up in our beds with some Outlander before it comes back (shout out to BUSTies Holly and Princess), but first, here are five feminist news stories you might have been too busy being a killa' queen this week to catch:  Rihanna is Making History as the First Black Representative of Dior It's ridiculous that it took Dior seventy years to have a black representative, but we’re pretty psyched that it finally happened. Read More
In a particularly blatant instance of victim blaming, Danielle Hicks-Best recently came forward to tell the story of the police’s disturbing reaction to her childhood rape: Hicks-Best was sexually assaulted twice by a group of young men when she was only 11 years old. Despite the fact that her rape kits showed evidence of assault, the rapists were never convicted. What’s worse is that weeks later, Hicks-Best was arrested herself for filing a “false police report. Read More
Injustice takes many forms in our society, and one of its most cruel is our legal system's treatment of rape victims.  Not only is rape under prosecuted and devastatingly traumatic, the victim often seems to be offered little in terms of closure. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested; that is 400,000 people (mostly women) denied the opportunity to seek out justice for the crime committed against them. Read More
A new smartphone app called MediCapt created by the New York based non-profit organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is being made accessible to doctors of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officially in 2016.  The DRC has long been an area where the amount of rape victims are in shocking numbers.  In 2011, the American Journal of Public Health found that more than 400,000 Congolese women ages 15-49 had been raped between the years 2006 and 2007. That’s about 4 women raped every 5 minutes and around 48 women raped every hour. Read More
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