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  Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors. A British man named Richard Thomas was just sentenced to five years and four months in prison for raping a woman while she slept. But that wasn’t the only consequence of his actions. A BBC news article reports that Thomas reportedly collapsed when the police informed him that he might have contracted HIV from his victim. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.   There has been a lot of victim blaming going around in the past few weeks, and it’s time for it to stop. First, a 14-year-old child was raped by her teacher, and the judge trying the case let her attacker off with a thirty day jail sentence because he felt that the girl was mature enough to have sex with an adult and was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.    Then this happened: a female student at the U.S. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors. After writing a letter to Pope Francis, 44-year-old Alejandra Pereya got a call from the Pope himself last Sunday afternoon. The letter that she sent to him earlier this month contained her story: she was raped, and her family was harassed by the local police. In the midst of being raped, Pereya wrote to the Pope that the police officer also pointed a pistol at her head. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses the sexual assault of a minor. In a new segment called “This Sucks,” BUST presents this horrific news story, hot off the press: A Massachusetts minor was only 14 when 20-year-old Jamie Melendez raped and impregnated her. As if that weren’t horrific enough, it turns out that Melendez has sued for visitation rights with the child, rights which would force the victim into a 16-year relationship with her attacker. Astonishingly, he offered to drop his contest for paternal rights if his $110 weekly child support payments were waived. Read More
Oh hell to the naw! These men went there, so the backlash they are about to receive will not be pretty. Maybe not so surprisingly, comic creators Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Gerry Conway (The Punisher) have unabashedly inferred that it doesn’t matter how they portray women in their comic creations, because comic books are not for women, anyway.  Right. Because if boys and men enjoy reading unadulterated rape scenes, that’s not any of us “uninterested” females' concerns. Read More
Trigger warning: This post references child sexual abuse, victim-blaming. Here’s your dose of bad news in victim-blaming of the day: A trial involving a 13-year-old girl and the 41-year-old man who had sex with her ended a few days ago amid outcry over the man’s suspended sentence - and the child’s having been called a “sexual predator” by Judge Nigel Peters. 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
  There are few phrases in the English language more abhorrent, more insidious, more absolutely goddamn infuriating than these five words: They were asking for it. Rape is never, ever, the victim’s fault. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so – as everyone from assholes on social media to tennis stars to cops play into rape culture, often questioning the victim while giving the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator. When politicians like Todd Akin utter the words “legitimate rape,” he is operating on an idea that rape exists in 50 shades of gradations. Read More
Trigger warning: Triggering language and discussion of rape to follow. Last week I read news of another rape scandal hitting a big university. This time, however, it hit a little closer to home. My alma mater, The University of Colorado at Boulder, has come up in the news again. This time it isn't about weed on campus or Pac-12 football...This time it is about Title IX violation and covering up the culture of rape on the American College Campus. I know that my experience of rape culture at an institution of higher learning isn't unique. Read More
  Apparently mannequins are the reason men rape women. I’m sorry...WHAT?! I wish this was a joke, but no - popular opinion in Mumbai is pushing the government to ban lingerie-clad mannequins from storefronts. Yes, those plastic people. They say the mannequins get men too excited and cause them to go out into the street with a need to rape and abuse women and girls. Many people in Mumbai are absolutely furious with these accusations. Read More