So much about James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his communications with President Trump seem like completely uncharted territory in politics. But as the former FBI director revealed more details of what happened before he was fired last month, some came up with an unexpected analogy for the situation: that it had vibes similar to a post-date-rape discussion.
New research only further reinforces what many experts on sexual violence have long believed: that when it comes to sexual violence, a victim’s response might not be fight or flight, but rather “tonic immobility,” or a state of involuntary paralysis.
Almost 90% of college campuses reported zero rapes in 2015, according to a new report from the American Association of University Women, and something is just not adding up here. The idea that 89% of the about 11,000 campuses included in the report actually had no rapes or sexual assaults is ridiculous, and that fact isn't lost on the researchers who collected the data.
Sexual assault wasn’t even something on my radar because it had never been talked about, especially by my school. All I was taught was that a sexual encounter was a sexual encounter — I had no way of distinguishing between consensual sex and rape.
Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. Using the self-defense techniques she had learned just weeks earlier in a Fighting Chance Seattle class that her workplace, the cosmetic surgery community RealSelf.com, had sponsored for employees, she fought off the attacker and was able to escape with treatable injuries. RealSelf has teamed up with Fighting Chance Seattle to offer a free live stream of the self-defense class the marathon runner credits with saving her life for free.
A New York Police Department captain is in the hot seat after making a public statement regarding the issue of date rape. Essentially, the officer downplayed a series of recent sexual assaults. The department and Mayor Bill de Blasio are distancing themselves from the chatter.
The Donald Trump campaign has faced numerous calls for him to step aside after a recording from 2005 revealed lewd comments Trump made about women. Since the video aired late last week, public reaction to his lewd and offensive commentary has been loud and visceral.
Nov. 14 – 20 of this year (2015) is Transgender Awareness Week; and one major issue facing those in the trans community is the process of accessing healthcare that is inclusive, respectful, and knowledgeable of non-binary gender identities. (Yahoo Health) Cazembe Jackson of Atlanta, Georgia, has lived one of the most difficult, traumatic iterations of needing healthcare as a trans person. While a junior in college, and out as a gender non-conforming person, Cazembe was raped, became pregnant – and quickly found himself in the acutely painful situation of being someone other than a woman in need of abortion care. Cazembe ultimately found the care he needed at a Planned Parenthood health center.
(Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie was sentenced to one year in jail following a highly publicized trial for raping a then-15-year-old student. The unnamed victim said Labrie had asked her to meet up with him as part of a long-standing tradition at the prep school called the “Senior Salute,” — where graduating seniors earn “points” by having as many sexual encounters as possible with underclassmen before graduation — and later pushed her to have sex with him; Labrie said the sex was consensual. Labrie had been acquitted of rape, but found quilty of felony computer assault, as well as three misdemeanor charges of sexual assault and one misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.
UK student George Lawlor took exception to a class on consent for male students offered by his university, posting this picture that’s quickly gone viral and sparked intense debate. After George Lawlor, along with all other male students, at Warwick University in England was invited to attend a class on consent, Lawlor took to student publication The Tab to protest and claim offense at his being invited to such a class and such a class even existing.
“Colleges have a brand and they put a lot of money into building their brand — and the last thing they want is a rape conviction on their campus,” Aspen Matis, author of the memoir Girl in the Woods, tells Yahoo Health. Matis, a rape survivor, writes in her book about being raped her second night of college while a freshman at Colorado College and her journey, both physical (she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail) and mental, to healing that followed. Aspen Matis (Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Matis) Matis is also donating 5 percent of all proceeds from her book to RAINN, the Rape, Assault, Incest and Abuse National Network.
Owen Labrie looks around the courtroom during his trial, in Merrimack County Superior Court, on Aug. 18 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool) (Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Late last week, a New Hampshire jury found Owen Labrie, a recent graduate of the elite St. Paul’s boarding school, not guilty of felony rape of a teenager known only as Jane Doe (her identity is being protected because she is a minor). Labrie was, however, found guilty of a misdemeanor sexual assault charge as a result of having had a sexual encounter with a minor. The case focused around a long-standing tradition at the prep school — the “Senior Salute,” where graduating seniors earn “points” by having as many sexual encounters as possible with underclassmen before graduation. Jane Doe alleges that Labrie made contact with her to schedule such an encounter.
Undergoing questioning as a rape victim is difficult, but even more so if the victim is made to feel her recollections are untrustworthy—a reaction that’s more probable if she was intoxicated during the assault.
The academic path of sought-after college basketball player Brandon Austin is riddled with recruitment, scholarships, and sexual assault allegations. The University of Oregon reached an $800,000 settlement last week with a student who says she was gang-raped by three members of the school’s basketball team. The student filed a suit against the university in January for violation of her Title IX rights, for having recruited to its basketball team a student who had been charged with sexual assault at another college — who then, along with two of his teammates, she says, went on to rape her at the University of Oregon.
On Monday evening, the Daily Beast reported that mogul and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump allegedly raped his former wife, Ivana Trump. Ivana Trump’s claim from 1989 — which she later dismissed — came in a deposition that was part of their divorce case in the early ’90s, and was detailed in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, by reporter Harry Hurt III. When asked for comment on this incident by the Daily Beast, and after vehemently disputing the claim and threatening the reporter, the special counsel at the Trump Organization, Michael Cohen, said, “And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.
A male student at UC San Diego who was accused of sexual assault and suspended after a campus investigation filed a countersuit — and won. Experts say a new ruling in a sexual assault case involving two students at UC San Diego should be a wakeup call to schools across the country that sexual misconduct processes can be flawed.
Somnophilia is a clinically diagnosable fetish. And a new motion filed by Cosby’s first accuser uses this word as a possible reason to why he allegedly drugged and raped women.
A new program aimed at helping college women avoid rape reduced the risk of rape by nearly 50 percent during participants’ freshman year, a new study finds.