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The Small-Town Secret I Kept for 12 Years

When I was 17, I smiled constantly, still hiding the worst secret of my life. By that point, I was barely conscious of keeping it. Seven years earlier, when I was just 10 years old, a town scandal had unfolded, pitting girl against girl. I had determined, at that point, to forget all that had happened—the lie I’d told… » 8/15/15 3:30pm 8/15/15 3:30pm

New Study Finds That Sexually Abused Girls Get Prison, Not Help

A scathing new report critiques the “sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline,” in which girls under 18 who are raped or sexually assaulted are increasingly funneled into the juvenile justice system instead of receiving actual help. That’s particularly true for girls of color, who are disproportionately detained and committed,… » 7/09/15 1:15pm 7/09/15 1:15pm

Oklahoma Will Now Require Schools to Teach Sexual Assault Prevention

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a new bill into law that requires school districts in the state to develop rape and sexual assault prevention curriculum. The Safe Schools Act was promoted by the feminist knitting circle turned activist group who publicized the way Norman High School dealt with a series of… » 6/11/15 10:50am 6/11/15 10:50am

L.A. Times: Dennis Hastert Was Paying to Conceal His 'Sexual Misconduct'

When it was announced Thursday that former House speaker Dennis J. Hastert has been indicted on blackmail charges, nobody had any idea what the hell was going on. The plot has thickened rapidly: Hastert is accused of paying roughly $1.7 million in hush money since 2010, and the L.A. Times is reporting it was to cover… » 5/29/15 4:10pm 5/29/15 4:10pm

The Creepy Fundamentalist Homeschool Cult That Trained the Duggars

You know about the Duggars, the evangelical Christian family whose 19 children catapulted them to fame through Discovery Health specials and TLC show, 19 Kids and Counting, and you know about Josh Duggar, the eldest son, who admitted last week to molesting several underage girls as a teen—including his own sisters. » 5/26/15 6:28pm 5/26/15 6:28pm

Mike Huckabee Supports Josh Duggar, Whose 'Judgment Was Not Mature'

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who’s built his political career on moral uprightness and fulminating against the dangers of homosexuality, wants you to know that he’s here for the Duggar family at this trying time. Duggar admitted yesterday to sexually abusing five underage girls as a… » 5/22/15 1:10pm 5/22/15 1:10pm

All But Two Sexual Assault Charges Against Jian Ghomeshi Headed to Trial

Disgraced Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi is heading to trial on five sexual assault charges. The prosecution announced Tuesday that they’re dropping another two charges against him because they believe there is “no reasonable prospect of conviction,” according to several reports. » 5/12/15 12:50pm 5/12/15 12:50pm

Jian Ghomeshi Reporter's New Tell-All Book Upsets Victims 

It’s been seven months since the first allegations that Jian Ghomeshi is a sexually abusive creep surfaced, and six since he surrendered to police after being charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. Now, one reporter who investigated him is writing a “tell-all” book, which the second… » 5/06/15 11:30am 5/06/15 11:30am

Man Charged in 1995 New York City Rape and Robbery After DNA Match

The Manhattan District Attorney has charged Joseph Giardala, 44, with raping and robbing a woman in New York City’s West Village in 1995. New York couldn’t identify Giardala by name after the rape, but entered his DNA into a national database, where it matched with a case in Florida earlier this year. In the years… » 5/04/15 12:40pm 5/04/15 12:40pm

Ex-Legislator Denies Having Sex with Wife with Alzheimer's Disease

Testimony in the trial of former Iowa state legislator Henry Rayhons concluded Friday; Rayhons, 78, is charged with felony sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with his wife Donna while she was in a nursing home and in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. On Friday, Rayhons denied having sex with Donna, testifying,… » 4/20/15 12:50pm 4/20/15 12:50pm

Ex-Legislator on Trial for Sexual Abuse of Wife with Alzheimers

The trial of 78-year-old Henry Rayhons began last week; the former Iowa state legislator was arrested last year, accused of having sex with his wife Donna, who was in a nursing home and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Staff members told Rayhons eight days before the incident allegedly occurred that… » 4/14/15 12:50pm 4/14/15 12:50pm

Catholic Church Says It's Against Religion to Pay Sex Abuse Victims

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which owes victims of pedophile priests (including one, Think Progress notes, who was accused of assaulting approximately 200 deaf children) $17 million has decided to put that money into a fund reserved for cemeteries and claims that to pay the victims what they're owed is a… » 3/11/15 10:30pm 3/11/15 10:30pm

Politician Accused of 'Giving Away' Adopted Child to Sexual Abuser

An intense and disturbing investigative piece published by the Arkansas Times alleges that State Representative Justin Harris, a devout Christian who also owns a religious preschool, gave away two little girls he and his wife had adopted six months before. The little girls were "re-homed" with a former teacher at the… » 3/05/15 6:45pm 3/05/15 6:45pm

'Men Take Things': How to Get Away with Murder Addresses Sexual Abuse

Viola Davis already acts her ass off on How to Get Away with Murder, so it's a smart move pairing her with Cicely Tyson, who masterfully played Annalise Keating's mom on Thursday night's How to Get Away with Murder. The most intense moment in the episode was a scene where they addressed rape and molestation. » 2/20/15 1:15pm 2/20/15 1:15pm