rape culture

  • Why Didn’t I Know I’d Been Raped? My School Didn’t Teach Sex Ed.

    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.

  • This Restaurant Wants Patrons to Order a ‘Shot’ If They Feel Unsafe on a Date

    The sign then goes on to lay out a code that patrons can use to get subtle intervention from the restaurant’s staff to help circumvent a possibly dangerous situation. An angel shot neat means someone will escort you to your car, an angel shot with ice means the bartender will call the patron an Uber or taxi, and an angel shot ordered with lime means the restaurant will immediately call the police. Iberian Rooster owner Russell Andrade tells the Tampa Bay Times, “The goal for this place was to be a safe place where people can go on a romantic date.” He adds that he and his staff decided to implement their safe space strategy after seeing the news from earlier this year about an East England rape crisis center that encouraged area restaurants and bars to notify patrons through a poster campaign that if patrons felt in any way unsafe, they could ask the staff for “Angela,” and would thus alert the staff that they were in need.

  • Student Creates Protest Art Using Donald Trump’s Demeaning Quotes About Women

    The student’s project highlights the vulnerability of women who bear the words of Donald Trump on their bodies. Aria Watson, now 18, was two weeks shy of being old enough to vote in November’s U.S. presidential elections. Regardless, Donald Trump’s victory affected her deeply, and the Clatsop Community College student felt compelled to express her disgust and disappointment via a (NSFW) photo project for her photography class, according to BuzzFeed.

  • Sexual Assault Survivors Share Fear, Disbelief Over Trump Presidency

    In the final months of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump faced allegations of sexual assault, groping, and sexual harassment. These charges caused the largest spike in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline to date, as well as an unprecedented outpouring on social media as survivors of sexual and gender-based violence shared their own personal stories, often under the hashtag #notokay.

  • This woman live-tweeted her experience after being groped on a plane and it’s not okay

    When getting on a plane for a flight, hopefully one of the last things you’d expect to happen would be for you…

  • #TrumpTapes Cause Major Spike in Calls to Sexual Assault Hotline, Sharing of Survivor Stories

    After the leak of the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape on Friday, in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is heard describing sexual assaults that he has since dismissed as “locker-room banter,” the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network saw an increase in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline of 33 percent over the weekend.

  • Millennial Activists Left Unimpressed With Trump’s Stance on Sexual Assault

    An hour before the second debate began, Donald Trump had several women who'd accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault seated near him to recount their allegations.

  • ‘Locker Room Banter’ or Far Worse? Trump’s Lewd Language, Analyzed by Psychologists

    Trump's bro-talk dehumanizes women, experts say. And they fear its repercussions if he's elected president.

  • An Essay Titled ‘Why I’ll Never Date a Feminist’ Is Bothering a Lot of People

    A writer is in hot water for declaring that he’ll never date a feminist — and then gives some ridiculous reasons why.

  • Why Victims of Sexual Assault Are Never to Blame

    Victim-blaming only reinforces the utterly false message that a victim holds some level of responsibility for her own assault.

  • Should Consent Classes Be Mandatory for University Students? Depends Who You Ask.

    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.

  • ‘A Rape Was Not the End of My Life, But the Beginning of Something Bigger’

    “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.

  • 1 in 4 Women Face Sexual Assault in College: Study

    Several of the most respected universities have some of the highest rates of sexual assault by force or incapacitation for undergraduate women. This spring, a study released in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 18.6 percent of college women are victims of rape or attempted rape by the end of their freshman year, with that number rising to 26 percent for incapacitated rape and 22 percent for forcible rate by the beginning of their sophomore year.

  • How 1 Student Can Be Accused of Rape at 2 Colleges — and Receive a Scholarship to a 3rd

    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.

  • Lots of Men Don’t Think Rape Is Rape

    Pollsters have long known that the phrasing of a question can significantly affect how respondents answer it — think about the language battle over “pro-life” and “anti-choice.” So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that this applies to sexual assault: Both men and women will offer different responses to questions about rape depending on whether you use the word rape itself or describe the act in question.