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 Monday 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 Friday 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

Date Rape Drug Detecting Nail Polish Will Not Possibly Work

If you thought it smelled a bit like acetone and bullshit, you were right. That innovative nail polish that promised to detect date rape drugs has been the subject of both praise and scrutiny over the last week, but this tidbit should change the tenor of the conversation a bit: an exasperated-sounding pharmaceutical… » 8/27/14 12:45pm 8/27/14 12:45pm

Ex Cop Who Tried to Rape a Woman With a Gun Gets His Gun Back

Adding to recent weeks' increasingly pervasive "holy shit, cops are monsters!" narrative is a recent resurfacing of the case of Dennis Krauss. Krauss was a police officer who, after having his gun taken away due to the fact that he allegedly threatened to anally rape a woman with it while he was in the process of… » 8/25/14 12:00pm 8/25/14 12:00pm

Columbia Unveils New Sexual Assault Policy, Students Are Not Impressed

After provoking student ire by fighting campus rape by, uh, canceling a concert, the Columbia administration has finally come out with a revised and updated sexual assault and harassment policy. It's a marked improvement from the previous policy — I mean, it would be hard to get much worse — but on-campus activists… » 8/15/14 1:20pm 8/15/14 1:20pm

76 Colleges Now Being Investigated For Mishandling Rape

In May, the U.S. Department of Education first released its list of 55 schools under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault allegations. Since then, student activists and survivors have continued taking their college administrations to task for not giving a shit about their health, their safety and their… » 8/14/14 2:10pm 8/14/14 2:10pm

Canceling a Concert Won't Solve Columbia's Rape Problem

Like so many colleges and universities in America, Columbia has an egregious sexual assault problem. Fortunately, the administration has come up with a totally sufficient and effective means of eradicating sexual violence on campus once and for all: they're canceling a semi-annual concert over "safety concerns… » 8/12/14 12:50pm 8/12/14 12:50pm

California Legislature Considering 'Yes Means Yes' Campus Rape Bill

If there's one thing we know for certain about sexual assault at institutions of higher learning, it's that far too many college administrators have no fucking clue what they're doing. In far too many cases, schools' sexual assault policies even lack a clear definition of what constitutes consent. Legislation… » 8/11/14 3:20pm 8/11/14 3:20pm