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How Rape Victims Cope After Exonerationnew

Debbie Jones spent decades coming to grips with the fact Thomas McGowan raped her. Then she found out he didn't.
Dallas Observer  |  Anna Merlan  |  05-11-2012  |  Crime & Justice

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Yanks Offensive Rape Adsnew

By now, you’ve probably seen the controversial Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ads. You know, the ones that feature photos of what appear to be a young girl’s legs splayed on a tiled bathroom floor with underwear around her ankles. The ads send the message that women are not only at fault for getting themselves raped—a societal bias reflected in and re-enforced by too many court decisions—it’s your fault if your friend gets raped, too.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  12-08-2011  |  The War on Women

Rocking the Church of Footballnew

In case you missed the news: Joe Paterno is no longer the head of football. It wasn't anything Paterno did that got him in trouble, but that he didn't do enough.
NUVO  |  David Hoppe  |  11-14-2011  |  Sports

Reality Check: Pennsylvania's Rape Laws Perpetuate the Mythsnew

It’s easier to get away with sexual assault in Pennsylvania than anywhere else in U.S.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-22-2011  |  Policy Issues

Philadelphia Editor Spews Vile Rape Commentarynew

Dan Rottenberg, editor of online arts mag Broad Street Review (and way back, editor of this publication when it was Welcomat) wrote an editor’s letter last week that’s drawing criticism from national media watchdog outlets like Women’s Media Center—and deservedly so.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-15-2011  |  Civil Liberties

Megan's Flaw: When a Sexual Predator Isn't One in the Eyes of the Lawnew

Two and a half years after Derrick Cook almost killed Katrina Mansfield, she sits quietly in a courtroom, alone, awaiting what the justice system considers fair trade for what she calls her life sentence. By any reasonable definition, Cook is a violent sexual predator—except, after a drawn-out and botched hearing to determine the status, in the eyes of the law.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  05-25-2011  |  Crime & Justice

Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrentnew

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. Complete with sharkskin-like barbs that catch onto an invading penis, causing pain and preventing urination, and requiring specialized medical professionals to remove, the Rape-aXe is a real-world application of feminist theory.
Portland Phoenix  |  Dena Riegel  |  05-04-2011  |  The War on Women

'The Worst Place in the World to Be a Woman'new

Between stints abroad, trauma psychologist Dr. Victoria Bentley talks about helping raped Congolese women and their families.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Julie Epstein  |  04-25-2011  |  International

Backlash to a Rapenew

It’s been 23 years since the nation’s attention fell on San Diego and the rape of Linda Gaitan. The events unfolding in Cleveland, Texas are much the same.
The Texas Observer  |  Michelle Garcia  |  03-30-2011  |  The War on Women

Fake Gays Not Protesting IFC-Distributed Rape Filmnew

Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?" It claimed that a new film, Victim, contains a rape scene so realistic that "gay-rights activists and anti-rape groups tried to get it banned."
Boston Phoenix  |  Eugenia Williamson  |  02-03-2011  |  Commentary

Vermont's Colleges are Underreporting Sexual Assaultsnew

A review of statistics filed by Vermont’s institutions of higher learning in the past decade suggests that the number of sexual assaults they report to the government is far lower than the number that actually occur.
Seven Days  |  Ken Picard  |  04-02-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Cartoon: Roman Polanski to the Rescuenew

Want liberals and feminists to defend you for raping a child? Make some great movies.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  10-01-2009  |  Cartoons

She Survived a Rape and Stabbing 10 Years Ago, and So Did Her Casenew

Recounting the story to The Pitch is like putting a period at the end of a decade of victimhood. Maybe talking about it will help other victims, she says, let them know "they can still live -- well." And maybe, she says, there's still a chance to catch the fucker who did it.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  08-25-2009  |  Crime & Justice

The Female Discount for Sexual Predatorsnew

The evidence seems mounted against Sandy Binkley as she heads for a trial on seven counts of statutory rape and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. But if the past offers any prediction, she's almost sure to get the female discount if she's convicted.
Nashville Scene  |  Tracy Moore  |  07-10-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Why We Fight: To Defend Rapists

The next time you watch a flag-draped coffin return from Afghanistan, remember why that young man died: to defend Afghan rapists.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  05-04-2009  |  The War on Women

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