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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
Known for supporting victims of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to be an advocate for survivors’ voices. A spokesman for Senator Gillibrand says that she—along with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill—supports advocacy group Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment’s petition that calls on President Obama to take away Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read More
Fans of The Runaways haven’t known what to think since Jackie Fuchs, The Runaways’ former bassist, accused the band’s late manager, Kim Fowley, of sexually assaulting her in 1975. The biggest source of controversy has been her claim that bandmates Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, among others, were in the room when it happened. Both Currie and Jett have denied this claim, but in different styles. Jett released a statement on Friday: “Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened. Read More
Lo and behold, there’s finally evidence of the deplorable actions of Bill Cosby. Recently released court documents from 2005 contain the former TV star admitting to acquiring prescription drugs to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Shocking? Not really, due to the many women who have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and rape against Cosby. The documents come from a lawsuit made by Andrea Constand against Cosby. Read More
Judd Apatow is not going to let the Bill Cosby scandal go. On last night's Late Night with Seth Meyers, Apatow said that people that claim he should stop criticizing Cosby are more or less saying “Leave a rapist alone.” Apatow has come under fire for his criticism of Cosby—and though he did admit he shouldn’t respond to so many tweets from Cosby defenders, he refuses to stop his ridiculing. Read More