"People take our experiences, they take our trauma and they turn it into something trivial or meaningless. They turn it into some kind of joke” explains rape survivor Taylor Malone upon seeing a drink titled “Date Grape Koolaid” at a new local bar, the Daiquiri Factory in Spokane, Washington. And sadly, she’s right; the bar, which just opened, not only chose this name but refused to rename the beverage after feminists and survivors ... Read More
“Imagine if someone erased your personality at age twenty. You have to figure out what kind of person you are without the first twenty years.” Ithaca, NY - 2012
Trigger Warning: This post contains descriptions of rape and sexual assault that may be triggering to survivors.
After her close friend was raped in college, the photographer Lydia Billings was devastated by the geographical distance between them, and she confronted her own feelings with ... Read More
After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 18, 2013
This week, the United States Senate will be debating the Military Justice Improvement Act. The controversial legislation would alter the military legal process as it stands. Rather than the "chain of command" handling prosecution, cases will be dealt with by an "impartial military prosecutor."
You should care about this because it will change how the military deals with rape and sexual assault by stifling "retaliation" against those reporting sexual crimes, as ... Read More
There was some concern among BUST.com readers about the posting (and subsequent removal) of a post on a new line of anti-rape activewear. Though there may be benefits to these products, we thought this issue could use a more nuanced discussion.
Rape-prevention techniques like self-defense classes and pepper-spray are often helpful; they can save lives. But ideally, they are not permanent fixtures. If we turn solely to defensive tactics that ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 04, 2013
Over the past 20 years, psychologist David Lisak has been researching rape and sexual assault on college campuses. He's asked over 2,000 men questions like "Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated [on alcohol or drugs] to resist your sexual advances?" His results? One in 16 men answered "yes" to some version of that question.
Lisak describes the "narcissism" of a rapist and how ... Read More
In Sweden, it soon might be. It was a nice summer day on a Stockholm beach when an unfortunate gentleman, aged 65, got caught getting busy in the sand. Södertörn’s district court acquitted the man of sexual assault because he wasn’t masturbating to anyone in particular. Prosecutor Olof Vrethammar found the ruling fair and does not plan to appeal.
No longer a form of assault in Sweden, public masturbation may still fall ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 11, 2013
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains the description of sexual assault and may be triggering to survivors.
I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about comparing Miley Cyrus’ sexual antics to Madonna’s thought-provoking ways of the 1980s. Just to clarify, Madonna’s the best and no one can ever compare, ok? But in the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Madonna writes a strikingly candid letter about her nonconforming teenage days, being ... Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 05, 2013
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.
Test results will ... Read More