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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More
In December of 2012, a 23-year-old woman got on an off-duty bus in India with a male friend. Six men aboard the bus subsequently beat her friend, and after he was incapacitated, gang raped her. After each man assaulted her, they beat her with an iron instrument, which resulted in internal injuries so severe she passed away.  Leslee Udwin, reporting for BBC, went to Delhi to document the case and interviewed one of the rapists, Mukesh Singh. He ... Read More
While many of us were celebrating Valentine’s Day with roses, chocolates, and glasses of wine, there was a different kind of celebration going on—one that focused on self-love and what it means to be a survivor. The hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter took hold on Tumblr that day and is a powerful representation of those who have survived sexual violence. Launched by the co-founder of the sex education company imMEDIAte Justice, Tani Ikeda, this platform ... Read More
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