Tag Archives: Sexual Assault

Stories About Rape Matter

TweetEven though the movement to end sexual assault on campus is running strong, rape remains a difficult topic to talk about. Inevitably, it brings up high emotions and debate often devolves into fear and hate. So, it is more important than ever that we have deep human stories about what it feels like to live [...]
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Seeking transformative justice in the aftermath of the New Delhi rape case

Tweetby Ruth Messinger and Javid Syed On September 13th, ten months after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old Indian woman in New Delhi, the four men accused of the crime were found guilty and sentenced to death. Importantly, this case has garnered international attention and sparked meaningful dialogue among human rights activists, lawmakers and [...]
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Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball,” and Intimate Partner Violence

TweetAfter Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, people were all about slut-shaming her (not much was said about Robin Thicke’s participation). The mainstream media appeared scandalized by her performance – a young woman exhibiting sexuality? *Gasp!* Richard Cohen, of the Washington Post, seemed particularly appalled – at least once he looked up the word twerk. He thought [...]
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Victim Doubting: Another Product of Rape Culture

TweetTrigger Warning: This post contains a discussion of sexual violence. We have all heard of the terms “victim blaming” and “rape culture.” Both are pretty self-explanatory. Victim blaming consists of attributing responsibility for an attack to the victim or questioning the victim’s actions that preceded the attack. Rape culture reminds us that the concept of [...]
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A Community for Survivors: Why Survivors of Sexual Violence are a Folk Group and Why It Matters

Tweet[cross-posted from Groupthink] Let’s start at the very beginning. You may well be asking: What is a folk group? What do we really mean when we say “folk”? In 1846, British writer William Thoms proposed the term “folk” as the English-language counterpart to the German “volk.” Thoms coined the term “folklore” to describe the arts, [...]
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