Category Archives: Rape/ Sexual Assault

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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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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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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The Science of Lady Parts and the GOP

Last Thursday, Republican Representative and Tea Party favorite, Joe Walsh (R-Ill), told reporters that when it comes to abortion, “there’s no such exception as life of the mother” because of “advances in science and technology.” This astounding claim was news to the … Continue reading

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Magic Mike: Old Sexism in a New Package

Magic Mike is “wildly overperforming” because women and gay men are going to see it in droves.  Thank you Hollywood executives for finally noticing that there’s plenty of money to be made off of heterosexual female and gay male sexuality.  Magic Mike purports to … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Public Service Announcement Blames Rape Victims

Rape reporting, prosecution, and conviction rates across the country are appallingly low, but it’s easier to get away with sexual assault in some places compared to others.  Pennsylvania is one of those places. In Pennsylvania, expert testimony isn’t allowed in the courtroom.  Instead, jurors frequently rely … Continue reading

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Silsbee Rape Case Update: Silsbee Bee Editor Resigns

The Silsbee Bee is reporting that Gerry Dickert will resign as the paper’s editor to assume a new position as Coordinator for Public Information for Lamar State College — Port Arthur. No details were released as to what prompted this career move. Dickert … Continue reading

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Rape in a Small Texas Town: Football, Family, and Politics

“Let’s just say, I don’t know a little girl who didn’t lie to her daddy.” Continue reading

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A Cheerleader’s Rape in a Small Texas Town: Part II

I traveled to Silsbee, Texas five times in the past six months, with conservative blogger Brandon Darby, to investigate why, despite the volume of evidence, a grand jury did not indict two football players accused of raping a high school … Continue reading

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