When You're a Black Woman, You're Never Good Enough to Be a Victim

It has been confounding – heartbreaking, actually – to see how, after each tragedy involving white violence and black bodies, so much of the national conversation has focused on image. Not the image of the shooter, of course; if the last few killings have taught us anything, it is that he is not on trial here. » 9/11/14 2:40pm Thursday 2:40pm

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

Columbia Student Will Carry Her Mattress Until Her Rapist Exits School

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz (whom we have written about before) has taken her experience attending college with her rapist and turned it into her senior thesis project. "It's endurance performance art piece," Sulkowicz told the Columbia Daily Spectator about the endeavor, for which she will carry her… » 9/02/14 3:50pm 9/02/14 3:50pm

GWU Community Embarrassed By Buffoon Ex-President's Rape Remarks

Earlier this week, former George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg told listeners of The Diane Rehm Show that women need to be "trained" to drink less so that if a guy tries to rape them ("misbehaves") they can soberly "punch him in the nose." Unsurprisingly, students and alumni are displeased. » 8/28/14 5:20pm 8/28/14 5:20pm

Ex-GWU President Knows Why Rapes Happen: Drunk Chicks

On yesterday's episode of The Diane Rehm Show, the venerable radio host gathered a diverse group of expert voices to discuss the role of fraternities and sororities on campus. Conversation quickly turned to the role of Greeks in promoting rape culture. And then the Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and… » 8/27/14 2:45pm 8/27/14 2:45pm

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

Stop Drinking, You're Ruining Your Rape Case

In Oxford, England, Judge Mary Jane Mowat said women drinking too much is keeping the country’s rape conviction rate low at just 24 percent. This could also be read as women out living their lives and having a good night out should stop living their lives and having a good night out to prevent rape. So, where are the… » 8/26/14 12:50pm 8/26/14 12:50pm

Post Prom Rapist Jocks Facing Hundreds of Years in Prison

The Calhoun, Georgia case of three star high school athletes who allegedly sexually assaulted a girl at a post-prom party has taken a decidedly un-Steubenville-like turn, as instead of getting slaps on the wrists, the three defendants face hundreds of years in prison. Georgia prosecutors are not fucking around. » 8/06/14 6:20pm 8/06/14 6:20pm

This Country Song About Date Rape Was Inspired by Steubenville

Earlier this year, country artist Kira Isabella released "Quarterback," a radio friendly country song that takes some tired modern tropes of pop country — a nerdy freshman girl who plays trumpet in the marching band pining after the quarterback she never thought would notice her — and turns them on their head when the… » 8/02/14 2:15pm 8/02/14 2:15pm