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International

Here’s What’s Worrying About Indian Laws Regarding Sexual Crime

Recently, on April 21, 2018, the Indian government approved the death penalty for crimes surrounding the rape of children under the age of 12. This new order came to light after the public backlash the government faced in regards to its inaction and silence over the horrifying rape of an 8-year-old girl, Asifa, in Kashmir. As India takes steps to combat such tragedies with its laws, it is important to keep in mind that the world’s largest democracy still faces

Tech

A Controversial New App Creates “Legally-Binding Contracts For Consensual Sex”

As movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo are making a breakthrough in 2018, women from all over the world who have been assaulted in one way or another by people in power are taking a step forward to tell their stories. But with every positive step ahead, there is always something wiping out the footprints from behind. With more than 120 renowned celebrities of Hollywood like Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Duncan, Morgan Spurlock, Ben Affleck

Feminism

Sexual Harassment in UK Parliament Proves What Women Have Been Saying All Along

Over the past week or so there have been numerous allegations of sexual harassment and even rape made against male MPs from both the Labour and Conservative party. Interestingly, these have come soon after the many allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood big shot, signifying a rare moment in history where women are less fearful of coming forward to shame their abusers. Allegations range from inappropriate comments and touching of female co-workers to

Real Life

Five Ways You Might Be a Rape Apologist

With this recent rush of sexual assault allegations made against big Hollywood names, from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Roman Polanski, the topic of rape and molestation has been circulating heavily throughout social media and the non-digital world. Alas, as many of us know, when the discussion of this topic comes up, there are just as many people noting how disgusting this is as there are people making sense of it. Excuses like these

Feminism

#MeToo Sparks Up Overdue Conversation On Sexual Assault

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. This rising statistic doesn’t come close to accounting for the countries in which sexual assault is even more common, and little is done about it. This statistic doesn’t account for place after place in this world where sexual assault is still an issue that isn’t talked about. This statistic doesn’t shed light on the many cases that aren’t reported, aren’t talked about, and are kept hidden out

Feminism

A Shoutout to Everybody Finding It Very Hard to Read About Harvey Weinstein

The news isn’t getting any nicer, especially that about Harvey Weinstein, and sometimes it gets a bit much, hearing about assault after assault, and then hearing the long list of people he’s assaulted. It’s hard and it can trigger the memory of bad experiences and bad people, like a sinking ship that gets another hole ripped into it with every new story. Harvey Weinstein is a cruel man that abused his position of power to

Feminism

Get Involved During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and while that may not sound as fun as National Soft Pretzel Month or National Straw Hat Month (which are also real observations in April), it is important for us to take time to address serious issues of this kind.  Being a productive part of conversations about sexual assault starts with understanding the issue. Sexual assault includes rape and any other sexual contact that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. And

Feminism

Two Time Rape Victim Sues Columbia University For Neglecting Her Case

Many are aware of the high academic prestige that goes hand in hand with Columbia University: an Ivy League in New York; however, not everyone is as familiar with its history of sexual predators. For Amelia Roksin-Frazee, that statistic hits close to home. The sophomore is taking matters into her own hands and suing Columbia University for their failure to support her after she reported being raped twice in her very own dorm room. Amelia

International

Derrick Rose, Who Couldn’t Define Consent, Is Acquitted of Rape

On October 19th, 2016, Derrick Rose, the man who couldn’t define consent, was acquitted in a civil trial in which he was accused of rape. It’s not that he had an inaccurate or outdated definition of consent; the man literally said he didn’t know what the word consent means. In case you are like Rose and cannot define this very simple word, here is the Merriam Webster definition: “to agree to do or allow something:to

Feminism

Stop Walking Out Of Consent Classes Provided By Your University

According to ‘Rape Crisis’  around 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in both England and Wales each year. Based on a Telegraph survey approximately one in three UK female students are sexually abused or assaulted on their university campus each year. Whether you live in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, it is more than likely that your college/university will be providing a workshop on sexual consent. However, it is only recently that there has been an

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