Did a Horrifying Real Satanic Sex Abuse Case Inspire True Detective?

In a recent interview, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto told Entertainment Weekly that his hit show's fictional inspirations range from high literature to low pulp. But it seems the show drew inspiration from elsewhere as well — an incredibly horrifying real case of satanism and sexual abuse in rural Louisiana in… » 2/28/14 5:15pm 2/28/14 5:15pm

Woody Allen Responds to Dylan Farrow's Sex Abuse Allegations

Last Saturday, Dylan Farrow wrote an op-ed for the New York Times' blog detailing the (alleged) sexual abuse she experienced by Woody Allen. Farrow described what had happened to her in harrowing detail and also implored both those that worked with Allen as well as the general public not to ignore children whose lives… » 2/08/14 11:30am 2/08/14 11:30am

Watch This Anita Hill Documentary Trailer and Remain Calm, I Dare You

On March 21, Anita, the documentary depicting Anita Hill's struggle while accusing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual abuse in 1991, hits theaters. If you're like me, just watching the trailer will probably piss you off all over again, until you remember that Thomas actually did make it to the Supreme… » 1/28/14 12:51pm 1/28/14 12:51pm

Penn State Doles Out Almost $60 Million to Sandusky Abuse Victims

On Monday, Penn State University announced that it would awarding $59.7 million to 26 men who were abused by Jerry Sandusky, a settlement that came after a year of negotiating. The Sandusky scandal has been an expensive one for the college; that nearly $60 million is in addition to more than $50 million they've spent… » 10/28/13 4:20pm 10/28/13 4:20pm

Now There's a Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Database

The Los Angeles Times just launched a database that holds around 1,200 previously unpublished files from the Boy Scouts of America which document suspected sexual abuse incidents that the organization tried to keep private for nearly a decade. The victims' names and other identifying info have been redacted, but some… » 12/26/12 2:05pm 12/26/12 2:05pm

Senate Passes Amendment Barring Sex Offenders From the Military

It looks like there's at least one positive side effect of the summer's exposé of the sexual assault and harassment of 48 female trainees at Lackland Air Force Base—that attention's being drawn to the myriad problems and legal loopholes in the U.S. armed forces when it comes to the well-being of their female troops.… » 12/01/12 1:00pm 12/01/12 1:00pm

Married Couple Propositions 13-Year-Old Girl For Sex, and Naturally,…

A couple in Gurnee, Illinois was arrested and charged with attempting to facilitate sex with a 13-year-old girl, which is completely messed up on its own. But the story becomes more of a symphony of WTF when you scroll on down past the article about the couple's arrest, into the comments, where everyone and their… » 8/06/12 6:30pm 8/06/12 6:30pm

Another Religious Organization Accused of Covering Up Child Rape

What wouldn't Jesus do? Try not to act surprised, but another out-there group of holy rollers have been accused of trying to cover up the rape of a child. This time, the organization in the crosshairs is the big-haired Jesusophiles at Trinity Broadcasting Network, an evangelical Christian media group that owns five… » 6/27/12 2:45pm 6/27/12 2:45pm

Prep School Teacher Admits He Had Sex With Students, Doesn't See What…

After allegations of ongoing sexual abuse at the elite Horace Mann School surfaced several weeks ago, a longtime teacher at the school has come forward and admitted that he did have sex with several of his students. Tek Young Lin was a beloved English teacher who was also a chaplain and a cross-country coach at the… » 6/25/12 1:05pm 6/25/12 1:05pm

When Reporting Sexual Abuse Makes Your Life Worse

As anyone who's attended a freshman orientation rape prevention seminar can tell you, sexual victimization is much more common than most people are comfortable admitting, and most sexual abuse goes unreported. And while profiles of sexual abuse victims are more diverse than fast food restaurants' Kidz Klub mascots,… » 6/22/12 6:00pm 6/22/12 6:00pm

Horrifying Details From a Decades-Long Prep School Sex Scandal

Horace Mann, one of New York City's most prestigious high schools, has an idyllic 18-acre campus in the Bronx, a hefty list of influential alumni including Robert Caro and Eliot Spitzer, and — according to this weekend's New York Times Magazine cover story — a long, secret history of sexual abuse. » 6/06/12 2:10pm 6/06/12 2:10pm