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

​Swedish Man's Rape Conviction Overturned Because of "Sexsomnia"

Earlier this month, a Swedish appeals court overturned conviction and two-year prison sentence of Mikael Halvarsson, a man who allegedly assaulted a woman while he was asleep, citing that he was fully asleep when the attack happened. This isn't the first time someone was acquitted for "sexsomnia," a condition similar… » 9/20/14 4:36pm 9/20/14 4:36pm

Tufts Students Nominate Sexual Assault Activist for Honorary Degree

The human cost of college administrations' negligence and ineptitude when it comes to handling rape allegations is monstrously high. In far too many cases, the victim, denied a fair hearing process, drops out while his or her assailant graduates unscathed. This is something we should keep in mind even as activists,… » 9/19/14 4:50pm 9/19/14 4:50pm

Reminder: Police Suck At Handling Campus Rape Allegations, Too

By now, it's an established fact that college administrations are utterly inept at handling sexual assault allegations. For all those well-intentioned humans out there who think the best solution is to leave such cases in the hands of local law enforcement: turns out, the police are pretty damn terrible at… » 9/15/14 6:00pm 9/15/14 6:00pm

Columbia Students Drag Mattresses Onto Campus to Support Rape Survivor

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz is carrying her mattress to class every day until her rapist leaves school. In an incredibly poignant act of solidarity, other Columbia students have begun walking with her, helping her carry the load. And today, they dragged several mattresses of their own in front of the… » 9/12/14 5:40pm 9/12/14 5:40pm

'Yes Means Yes' Laws Will Not Ruin Sex Forever, Despite Idiotic Fears

On August 28, the California State Assembly passed a comprehensive campus rape bill, which is a very, very good thing. We need laws like this one because it's clear that most colleges will not actually give a shit about helping rape survivors unless they're forced to. Predictably, of course, this decision has been… » 9/08/14 5:00pm 9/08/14 5:00pm

CDC Study: 1 in 5 Women in the United States Have Been Raped

A comprehensive study recently released by the Center for Disease Control has found that nearly 1 in 5 women in America report that they were raped. Not just during their time in college, which is a statistic we're all depressingly familiar with — the CDC found that 19.3 percent of women in the United States have been… » 9/05/14 7:45pm 9/05/14 7:45pm

Area College Guy Thinks Ladies Should Prevent Their Own Rapes

Women, rejoice! We've finally solved rape, thanks to the brilliant and groundbreaking words of Rob, a University of Arizona senior who has written an op-ed in his school newspaper entitled "Only Responsibility Can Stop Rape." In it, he urges women to consider preventing their own rapes by simply taking responsibility.… » 9/05/14 3:50pm 9/05/14 3:50pm

New Details Emerge in Case of Horrifying British Sex Abuse Ring

It's been a week since a horrific report was released detailing the systematic child sexual abuse of approximately 1400 girls in Rotherham, England, between 1997 and 2013. The damning report, investigated by Professor Alexis Jay OBE, highlighted the failure of community leaders, council leaders, and of course police… » 9/02/14 12:45pm 9/02/14 12:45pm

Misogynistic Trolls Drive Feminist Video Game Critic From Her Home

Here's your daily reminder that Internet misogynists are vile, horrible creatures and that women face threats and harassment on a daily basis just for having opinions and voicing them: feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been driven out of her own home after receiving an outpouring of death and rape threats on… » 8/28/14 4:05pm 8/28/14 4:05pm