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Billboard Is Polling Music Executives on Whether or Not They Believe Kesha's Abuse Allegations

A confidential survey recently sent by Billboard to top music executives asks participants to weigh in on a variety of gossipy issues, like what artists are secretly the biggest assholes, what Justin Bieber’s career will be like in a few years, and—most questionably—whether or not they believe that Kesha was sexually… » 8/21/15 11:55am 8/21/15 11:55am

The Small-Town Secret I Kept for 12 Years

When I was 17, I smiled constantly, still hiding the worst secret of my life. By that point, I was barely conscious of keeping it. Seven years earlier, when I was just 10 years old, a town scandal had unfolded, pitting girl against girl. I had determined, at that point, to forget all that had happened—the lie I’d told… » 8/15/15 3:30pm 8/15/15 3:30pm

Alice Glass Releases Song About Abuse, Donates Sales to RAINN

Alice Glass—the former Crystal Castles singer who formed the heart, soul, and public face of the group—has released a new single about an abusive relationship she had that started when she was a teen. And when it hits iTunes, she’ll donate all sales to nonprofits helping victims of domestic violence. » 7/17/15 10:45am 7/17/15 10:45am

Study: Domestic Violence Hurts Survivors' Finances and Work Stability

A study of nearly 4,000 Pennsylvania women suggests that domestic abuse can have a long-term and profoundly destructive impact on survivors' ability to earn money. The study authors looked at women who applied for civil orders of protection against their abusers between 1995 and 1996; they found for nearly all of… » 3/20/15 4:20pm 3/20/15 4:20pm

Storytime With Mom: A Genealogy of Rape

"If two people come together," my mother began, "who've never had any power except by the way of abuse, it's going to be bad. Both of us had power exerted over us as children. I eventually learned that as an adult, I was still doing the dance, seeking out abusive relationships. That doesn't mean it was my fault. But… » 3/01/15 3:13pm 3/01/15 3:13pm

Twitter CEO: 'We Suck at Dealing With Abuse And It's All My Fault'

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo just admitted something many people have been saying for a long time: Twitter is awful when it comes to abuse and harassment. But Costolo, who admits that the awful behavior of trolls is driving users away, is taking personal responsibility and plans to change how Twitter deals with users… » 2/04/15 11:35pm 2/04/15 11:35pm

Canadian Scientists Did Psychic Experiments on First Nations Kids 

A paper from 1943 unearthed recently in the Canadian national archives reveals that a quack scientist tested children at the Brandon Indian Residential School in Manitoba for psychic abilities. The children were already being used as test subjects in medical "experiments" as well as nutritional ones, which mainly… » 1/16/15 5:20pm 1/16/15 5:20pm

Phylicia Rashad Attacks Cosby Accusers: 'Forget These Women' 

Oh: actress Phylicia Rashad, Bill Cosby's one-time T.V. wife, has weighed in on the two dozen separate sexual assault allegations against him, telling an entertainment reporter "Forget these women." She implied that Cosby's accusers are all part of an orchestrated smear campaign. Clair Huxtable, what are you doing. » 1/07/15 9:30am 1/07/15 9:30am

CBC Plans to Scrub the Archives of Jian Ghomeshi's Old Show 

At this point, a whopping 23 women have accused former Q host Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault or harassment. Meanwhile, Ghomeshi's old employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, continues to relentlessly flub their handling of the situation. Earlier this week they announced plans to pull down the archived Q » 12/17/14 2:15pm 12/17/14 2:15pm

Dear Jian Ghomeshi: Keep Your Abuse Out of My Kink

On Monday morning, I woke up to a Facebook post by Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi defending his so-called BDSM sex. As an experienced kinkster and professional dominatrix, I was deeply offended by his apology. For years Ghomeshi has hosted a popular CBC show, Q, and has had a prominent role as a cultural gatekeeper… » 10/28/14 12:20pm 10/28/14 12:20pm

Makeup's Dirty Little Secret: Covering the Scars of Abuse

Two days before CoverGirl, the NFL's "official beauty partner," was forced to respond to the league's handling of the Ray Rice case, I helped three girls on the internet find concealer to cover up their bruises and self-harm scars. I often write about beauty and makeup, and sometimes women will email me and ask me… » 9/23/14 1:10pm 9/23/14 1:10pm