​Kesha Is Suing Producer Dr. Luke for Alleged Sexual Assault & Battery

Kesha has filed a lawsuit against popular producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, according to TMZ. Her allegations include physical abuse and drug coercion. Update: Dr. Luke has responded with a lawsuit of his own, claiming that Kesha made up the accusations to get out of her contract. » 10/14/14 1:10pm 10/14/14 1:10pm

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

Army Quietly Grants Gropey General a Cushy Retirement

Last year, the Army demoted and retired a two-star general after he allegedly felt up a female advisor in Djibouti in 2012. Former Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker’s hushed departure is a far cry from the public trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair earlier this year, though their punishments are similar: demotion with… » 10/02/14 2:00pm 10/02/14 2:00pm

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

'UChicago Electronic Army' Targets Sexual Assault Survivor

After a list of students "known to commit varying levels of gender-based violence" began circulating on campus at the University of Chicago and on the internet, the individuals responsible denied the list was intended to shame rapists specifically. Even so, a sexual assault survivor was targeted by the "UChicago… » 9/24/14 9:15pm 9/24/14 9:15pm

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

Jon Hamm, Questlove Star in New White House PSA Against Sex Assault

In May, as part of their campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses, the White House released a PSA starring Daniel Craig and others encouraging men to prevent sexual assault. They've now created a whole new website about the endeavor, as well as a new commercial starring Jon Hamm, Questlove, Kerry Washington… » 9/19/14 10:00am 9/19/14 10:00am

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

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 9/11/14 2:40pm