Author Archives: Caroline Heldman

Retracting the Retraction: Occidental College, The Los Angeles Times, and the Firing of Jason Felch

The Los Angeles Times did not perform due diligence in their investigation of the numbers, and they never should have issued a retraction. Felch had incontrovertible evidence that the College did not include anonymous cases in their 2012 ASR and had verification that the college could not lawfully account for 27 missing cases. Continue reading

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Patricia Esparza: Victim on Trial

“I feared for my life and felt that the only thing I could do was to submit. All I knew is that these people were dangerous, and I needed to stay quiet.” Continue reading

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Emily Yoffe is Helping Campus Rapists Hide in Plain Sight

By Caroline Heldman & Danielle Dirks On October 15, Slate Dear Prudence advice columnist Emily Yoffe wrote a piece titled, “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting Drunk.” A crowd of critics harpooned Yoffe for her victim blaming approach (Jezebel, Feministing, … Continue reading

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Jerry Heldman: Good Samaritan, “Jazz Wizard,” My Dad

“This wizard never slept, and played extraordinary jazz bass and piano, from dusk till dawn. Every night, his friends – many of whom would later become famous musicians – came to play with him.” Continue reading

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Support Young Voices in Indy Media

We all benefit from politically-minded, active, and knowledgeable youth who understand the forces that shape politics and media and know how to articulate and fight for what they believe in. Continue reading

Dear Kelsey Weaver and Gianna Anile,

It takes courage to stand with a friend when some of the slut-shaming and victim-blaming filth thrown at her will land on you. It takes bravery to public admit that even imperfect girls can be raped. It takes a certain brand of loyalty to stand with your best friend when you know she’s been wronged, even if it means you’ll lose male attention and other friends, and face ridicule at school. Continue reading

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My TED Talk on the Lie that Sexy = Empowering

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Celebrating Kwanzaa

It’s two days before Christmas, and many friends and family members are pulling their hair out with last-minute shopping as they brave the malls to scavenge bargain remains. Sound familiar? Many Americans put themselves in debt with holiday shopping, and 45% of Americans would … Continue reading

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Football Star Lawrence Taylor Gets Off Again

Never mind that Cristina Fierro was 16 years old. Never mind that she had been beaten by her trafficker, with fresh marks on her face, and was in a state of panic. Football Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor paid $300 to … Continue reading

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Rape and Other “Gifts from God”

During a debate this past Tuesday, Indiana Republican senate nominee, Richard Mourdock, made the case against the rape exception for abortions: “I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God, and … Continue reading

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