Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today
House Bill 36 is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime or seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement
Twenty years ago, a doctor at a hospital in Peru raped a 22-year-old woman who was getting medical care. Now, after human-rights groups fought for the case, the Peruvian government has finally settled the case.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion
Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women’s health is endangered.
California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses
“We want to make sure administrations can’t keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is.”
UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases
The US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
Senate Fails to Vote on Military Sexual Assault Bill
After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act.
Military Sexual Assault Victims Barred from Essential Disability Benefits
According to the report, the VA scrutinizes claims made by sexual assault victims more intently, even when they provide the kind of documentation their counterparts are not required to.
Lawmakers Push for Changes in US Military Justice System
MJIA attempts to erase the systemic obstacles that victims of sexual assault in the military face due to the “clear bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command’s current sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial.”
Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC
DC’s budget is under federal control, so if the federal government’s shutdown continues much longer, some of the city’s necessary programs–including those intended to help rape victims–may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.
Rape Survivor Settles Lawsuit with Wesleyan and Fraternity
A former Wesleyan University student who was sexually assaulted in 2010 at a fraternity house, nicknamed by students the “rape factory,” has settled a $10 million lawsuit against the university and the fraternity chapter.
UMD Set to Launch Sexual Assault Prevention Program
The program, dubbed Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP), will reach 300 to 600 of this fall’s incoming freshman students.
Indian Juvenile Court Defers Verdict of Fatal Rape Case
A juvenile court in India has deferred the verdict of a 17 year old who is accused of participating in the gang-rape of a woman who later died from her injuries. He is charged with “rape, murder, destroying evidence, and other crimes including kidnapping carried out while aged 17.”
“Rape Is Rape” Bill Fails in NY Senate, Bronx Teacher Vows to Continue Her Fight for Justice
[Trigger Warning: This post contains references to sexually violent acts and threatening behavior.] Lydia Cuomo, a 27-year-old Bronx teacher, was brutally raped at gunpoint by drunken off-duty cop Michael Pena. That was in August 2011, but over the past year Cuomo has traveled to Albany, NY numerous times to tell her horrific story in hopes of finally finding […]
John Derbyshire and James Taranto Miss The Point in Pieces About Military Sexual Assault
These aren’t the kinds of conversations or the kind of attitude we, as a nation, need to have perpetuated in the media.
WHO: Violence Against Women is a Crisis of “Epidemic Proportions”
This study could be the foundation of a new era that may lead us to the end of violence against women as a whole.
Texas Air Force Recruiter Sentenced to 27 Years in Sexual Assault Scandal
Technical Sergeant Jaime Rodriguez was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting over 20 women during his 13-year tenure in the Air Force.
House Committee Advances Nationwide Abortion Ban
Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 20 to 12 along party lines to approve a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks nationwide. The bill now goes before the full House of Representatives, and could be brought up for debate as early as next week.
Activists Project “Rape Is Rape” onto US Capitol Sunday
Stories of sexual violence, punctuated by the words “RAPE IS RAPE,” were projected onto the U.S. Capitol building last night in Washington, D.C. Activist groups Luminous Intervention and FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture organized the action with the intent of drawing attention to the discourse around rape culture, noting that “American culture is uncomfortable to the […]