Bill Cosby Allegedly Had an NBC Employee Paying Off Women for Years

Frank Scotti, a former NBC employee who worked with Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show, is claiming that he delivered payouts to various women on Cosby's behalf throughout the late '80s and early '90s. Scotti also states that part of his job was to stand as guard when young women (often delivered from modeling agencies)… » 11/24/14 12:50pm Today 12:50pm

On Camille Cosby and the Problem With Asking, 'Why Did She Stay?'

Every time a wife stands by her scandal-mired celebrity husband, we eventually reach a point in the ensuing, endlessly looping discussion where we ask ourselves why she stayed, how much she knew, and whether her refusal to leave him is a reflection of her own shortcomings. If it were me, naysayers say triumphantly, … » 11/20/14 4:00pm Thursday 4:00pm

Don Lemon Non-Apologizes for Thickheaded Rape Comments

Don Lemon has responded to the deeply ignorant comments about rape that he made last night on his CNN show. His solution to the controversy is a non-apology that is almost as stupid as his original question of, hey girl, why didn't you just bite down on Bill Cosby's penis so you could prevent yourself from being… » 11/19/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

Amanda Palmer Cancels Onstage Interview with Jian Ghomeshi

Now that nine women have come forward with detailed sexual abuse allegations against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, musician Amanda Palmer announced on her blog today that Ghomeshi will no longer be a guest during her book tour. He was due to join her in an onstage conversation in Toronto on November 25. Palmer… » 10/31/14 5:40pm 10/31/14 5:40pm

College: Protecting Students From Rape Is Not Our Responsibility

In the fall of 2012, a woman enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. Just three days into the school year, she says, she was raped in her room by a member of the lacrosse team after being given a shot she believes was spiked with some kind of drug. This month, the woman, identified as Jane Doe in… » 10/31/14 2:20pm 10/31/14 2:20pm

Consent Laws Are Ruining Sex, Says Writer Who Probably Has Awful Sex

California's affirmative consent law requires affirmative consent to be obtained before a sex act qualifies as "consensual." Practically applied, it means that during a collegiate rape investigation, the onus will be on the assailant to prove that he obtained consent, rather than on the victim, who in the past has to… » 10/08/14 4:30pm 10/08/14 4:30pm

Lena Dunham 'Spent So Much Time Ashamed' Following Her Rape

In her new memoir Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham reveals that she was sexually assaulted while she was an undergrad at Oberlin College. "I was at a party, drunk, waiting for attention. And somehow that felt like such a shameful starting off point that I didn't know how to reconcile what had come after," she… » 10/02/14 12:40pm 10/02/14 12:40pm

Colleges Rarely Expel Students Found Responsible for Sexual Assault

By now, it's well established that colleges are pretty deplorable at responding to and adjudicating sexual assault cases. Of course, the institutional negligence and ineptitude doesn't end there: a new report shows that even when students are found responsible for sexual assault, it's very unlikely they'll be kicked… » 9/29/14 2:20pm 9/29/14 2:20pm

​Woman Bravely Confronts and Forgives Rapist in Court

Eleven years ago, Jane Piper was raped, beaten, and carjacked in broad daylight in the parking lot of a supermarket in Los Angeles. Her brutal case initially went cold, but on Tuesday, her attacker 58-year-old Gilbert Lozano Trejo was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Piper herself took the stand, and looking directly… » 9/27/14 3:15pm 9/27/14 3:15pm