Texas Mostly Agrees to Comply with Federal Anti-Prison Rape Laws

In a remarkably civil letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state would comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act “wherever feasible.” That’s a big step from previous Governor Rick Perry, who called the law “counterproductive” and “unnecessarily cumbersome.” Texas is… » 5/21/15 2:15pm Thursday 2:15pm

Posters on Columbia Campus Call Emma Sulkowicz a 'Pretty Little Liar'

As Commencement Week continues at Columbia University, someone spent last night hanging large posters featuring a photo of Emma Sulkowicz and the words “Pretty Little Liar,” “#fakerape,” and “#rapehoax.” They’ve also created a Twitter account, Fake Rape. Guess everyone has to have a gross hobby. » 5/20/15 9:05am Wednesday 9:05am

Emma Sulkowicz and Friends Carried Mattress During Columbia Graduation

Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who accused fellow student Paul Nungesser of rape and then carried a mattress all year in protest of the administration’s handling of her claims, carried that mattress onstage during Tuesday’s commencement exercises. Sulkowicz was helped by several friends; the audience cheered as they… » 5/19/15 1:45pm Tuesday 1:45pm

Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation

A new report says that military service members who report sexual assault face a very high risk of retaliation, including threats, harassment, and loss of promotions and work opportunities. The report says military sexual assault survivors are twelve times more likely to be retaliated against than their attackers are… » 5/18/15 2:30pm 5/18/15 2:30pm

Tristen Killman-Hardin Pleads No Contest to Raping Unconscious Teen

Tristen Killman-Hardin, the Norman, Oklahoma man who was accused of rape by three high school classmates, entered a no contest plea today on charges that he raped one of them while she was unconscious. Killman-Hardin, 18, admitted to the rape in an audio recording obtained by Jezebel in November. » 5/18/15 12:45pm 5/18/15 12:45pm

Indonesia Still Using Humiliating 'Virginity Tests' on Female Soldiers

Human rights groups are calling on Indonesia to end the practice of requiring “virginity tests” for female military recruits, in which a doctor visually and manually checks for the presence of a hymen. An Indonesian military official told the Guardian the practice was necessary to weed out “naughty” women, while Human… » 5/15/15 7:00pm 5/15/15 7:00pm

Watch Bill Cosby Incoherently Ramble About Rape Allegations on GMA

In an interview with Linsey Davis this morning on Good Morning America, Bill Cosby responded to questions about the sexual assault allegations that have been made against him over the past few months. Cosby’s responses were far from artful dodges, and frequently bordered on incoherent. “Listen to me carefully. I’m… » 5/15/15 9:30am 5/15/15 9:30am

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

Uber Took Nearly a Week to Give Police Name of Sexually Harassing Driver

On April 30, a 31-year-old New York woman took an Uber home around 2:30 a.m. from her DJ gig on the Lower East Side. The woman, who we’re not identifying by name, says she fell asleep in the car and awoke to find her driver caressing her face. The woman says the driver then jumped in the back of the car and tried to… » 5/06/15 5:00pm 5/06/15 5:00pm

Can a Frat Lose Their Right to March Against Sexual Assault? 

The latest university dustup between the correct and the permissible comes at Appalachian State, where a junior on campus named Julia Grainger has blasted the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity for their plans to hold a march against sexual assault—and subsequently received a heaping of personal backlash in return.
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Applauding a Convicted Rapist for Lip Syncing 'Push It' Seems Weird

I’m as indifferent to Spike’s new reality show Lip Sync Battle as I’m ambivalent about think pieces (which is to say very indifferent and very ambivalent), which is why I’m going to (disingenuously) phrase this as a question instead of a statement: Does Spike truly think it’s a good idea to have Mike Tyson, a… » 4/24/15 4:50pm 4/24/15 4:50pm

Here's the Full Complaint in the 'Mattress' Lawsuit Against Columbia

Columbia University senior Paul Nungesser filed suit against the school yesterday, alleging that it refused to protect him from the harassment and hostile learning environment created by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz’s rape allegations against him, and her “Carry that Weight” performance art piece. Nungesser’s… » 4/24/15 11:10am 4/24/15 11:10am

Accused Rapist in 'Mattress Girl' Case Sues Columbia University

Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of rape by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, whose mattress-carrying protest drew national attention, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the school. Nungesser accuses the university of failing to protect him from what he calls Sulkowicz’s “harassment… » 4/24/15 10:15am 4/24/15 10:15am

CBC "Condoned" Jian Ghomeshi's Sexual Misconduct: Report

According to a damning report released Thursday by internal investigators of workplace practices at the CBC, management at the Canadian broadcaster "condoned" the "intimidating, humiliating, hostile, or offensive work environment" Q host Jian Ghomeshi created.http://gawker.com/jian-ghomeshi-... » 4/17/15 10:01am 4/17/15 10:01am

Columbia Student Protesters Project 'Rape Happens Here' on Library

No Red Tape, the anti-rape activist group at Columbia University, projected the words “Rape happens here” and “Columbia has a rape problem” across the facade of the campus library Sunday night. The demonstration was timed to coincide with prospective students visiting the campus. An administrator reportedly physically… » 4/13/15 3:00pm 4/13/15 3:00pm