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Woman Sues Scientology, Claims They Forced Her to Have an Abortion When She Was 17

A woman is suing the Church of Scientology, claiming the organization forced to have an abortion when she just 17 years old. Laura DeCrescenzo says she signed one of the organization’s notorious“billion-year contracts” in 1991, when she was 12 years old. She alleges she was forced to abort while part of the “Sea Org,”…

L.A. Vegan Restaurant Owners Say They're Facing Death Threats For Killing and Eating Animals At Home 

The owners of a vegan mini-empire in Los Angeles are facing outrage and protests over news that they’ve been raising and slaughtering animals at their Northern California farm. Matthew and Terces Engelhart, who run the Cafe Gratitude chain, say they’ve received death threats over their private meat-eating.

Bill Cosby's Long-Overdue Downfall May Be Empowering More Rape Victims to Report Their Assaults

By now, over 50 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, and according to The Washington Post, the public vindication of these women’s stories may have contributed to a shift in progress: more victims are coming forward to police departments, who are in turn listening to more women, and altering…

LA County Spent 5 Years and $400,000 Trying to Discredit a Woman Raped by an On-Duty Cop

An estimated 68 percent of rapes go unreported. It’s hard to go a day in the news without another horrible reminder why this is the case—why women correctly assume they’ll be dragged hard in the process of attempting to secure justice—and Katie J.M. Baker’s latest story at BuzzFeed is another example, particularly…

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'Savage' Teacher Makes Students Submit Final Papers From Home During LA Terror Threat

For students and teachers all over the country, we’re currently at the tail-end of the semester before a much-needed winter break. It’s the home stretch, no doubt, but before our weeks off, every student must buckle down and finish finals season, whether that student is an AP eighth grader or home at sick with the…

Tinder Confidential: The Hookup App's Founders Can't Swipe Away the Past

Ashley Terrill was in hiding the first time I heard her voice, splitting time between her Los Angeles home and a $600-a-night room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Terrill had locked her laptop and phone in a secret vault, and would only contact me on disposable phones—all because, she claimed, the estranged co-founder…