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Horror Film 'Del Playa' Too Close To UC Santa Barbara Tragedy, Critics Say

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.09.2015 | Entertainment

An effort is underway to stop the release of a horror film that closely resembles the 2014 killing of six people in a California college town. The tra...

California Mass Shooting Victims' Families File Lawsuit

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2015 | Crime

By Curtis Skinner March 2 (Reuters) - The families of three victims slain during a southern California rampage last year that left dea...

California Mass Shooter Was Into Nazis, Torture Devices: Police

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Crime

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A 22-year-old California man who killed six college students last year before taki...

Tyler Kingkade

UC Santa Barbara Gets New Help For Mental Health From Shooting Rampage | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.13.2015 | College

The Education Department announced Tuesday it will give the University of California, Santa Barbara a grant of nearly $570,000 to assist with mental h...

The 2014 Best and Worst Sex List

Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Women
Alexandra Katehakis, M.F.T.

A lack of robust and healthy sex education is a set-up for the worst sexual issues we can imagine in society. We need to celebrate the fact that sex comes in every style, and experts agree that there's a wide range of sexual feelings and acts worthy of exploration, as long as they're consensual and don't harm anyone.

David Lohr

Top 10 Crime Stories Of 2014 | David Lohr | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime

In the past 12 months, Americans have met violent death at the hands of spree killers, haters of law enforcement, disturbed young men and police offic...

How We Can Make Violence Against Women Unacceptable in 2015

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 02.22.2015 | Women
Phoebe K. Schreiner

"The fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way our society treats women is a proposition on which there is now general agreement," Yale Law School military justice expert Eugene R. Fidell recently told the New York Times. That's huge.

NRA Uses Gun Violence to Maximize Profits

Harlan Green | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

How can we believe the National Rifle Association opposes gun violence when every mass murder committed with guns is answered by the NRA's call to buy more weapons, which increases their profits?

Is The Ridiculous Way I Talk About Sex A Key To Fixing Our Country's Issues With Consent?

Ravishly | Posted 11.08.2014 | Women

The way most of us talk about sex is rather messed up if you take a step back and let it all marinate in your mind for a minute. We speak about sex like it's some consumptive act -- like we're getting frozen yogurt or something.

'Beach House Full of Girls' Proves Street Harassment Is Okay

Shannon Deep | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Victim-blaming, sl*t-shaming, skepticism, deflection and insults, this perpetual "Not my problem!" mentality... it's all of a piece and it's all part of why some men harass, sexually assault, beat, rape, and kill women.

Overwhelmed By Bad News? You're Not Alone

Eric Mink | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Eric Mink

When bad news becomes overwhelming, as it does with some regularity, the cable news channels are not your friends. Your need for clear understanding is incompatible with their on-air and online business plan, which depends on you being anxious and staying tuned in. Giving them up is easier than you think.

Misogyny, or Not Misogyny? That Is the Question

Shannon Deep | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Having a feminist boyfriend doesn't mean that he sees the same production of Hamlet you do; it means that when you call out misogyny, he knows enough to say, as mine now does, "I believe you."

Santa Barbara Shooter's Father: 'We Have to Stop This'

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.27.2014 | Crime

The father of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger has penned an open letter calling for an end to mass shootings. Peter Rodger's letter, which was ...

Could a LA-Style Threat Assessment Team Have Thwarted the Isla Vista, Seattle or Oregon Shooting Sprees?

Art Levine | Posted 08.21.2014 | Crime
Art Levine

the department still grapples with the reality that at least half of seriously mentally ill people receive no treatment at all, a situation of possible danger to the entire community and, far more often, to themselves.

Please Help Our Boys

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

"The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying ...

Student Threatened To Kill Women, Said Isla Vista Massacre Was 'Justified': Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime

A University of Washington student, who authorities say idolized Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill ...

Gun Control: Getting Taken In by a Wedge Issue

Michael Goldstein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Decrying those who don't agree with our solution doesn't lead to change. It contributes to polarization, putting gun owners on the defensive in a way that makes it harder for moderates among them to join us in the little that could actually be done via a gun-control policy.

More Mental Hospitals, HIPAA Reform Needed

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Whitcomb

While we know a lot about Elliot Rodger, the young man who murdered six, injured 13 others and then killed himself on a rampage in Isla Vista, Califor...

How the U.S. Entertainment Industry Helped Create Elliot Rodger

Dr. Katharine E. Heintz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Katharine E. Heintz

As far as we know, Rodger was not "obsessed with" or "addicted to" a particular media product. He didn't need to be; just being a "normal" kid exposed him to repeated stories about violence, aggression, and dominance. It is not surprising that his reaction to personal frustrations was to act aggressively; he'd seen it done so many times.

The Danger Of Blaming National Tragedies On The Gay Community

Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices

By Rob Watson | The Next Family As a dad, when I see news stories of young people and children being killed, my heart breaks wide open. If such an...

Stop Misappropriating Tragedy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Melody Moezzi

Why? It's the first thing people want to know when tragedy strikes. Why us? Why here? Why now? Why this? Perhaps if we know the cause of a given tragedy, then we can prevent similar ones from happening in the future.

Another Massacre, Another Distracting Blame Game

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.05.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy we always look for someone or something to blame. In the case of the Isla Vista, California massacre in which s...

The One Four-Letter Word You Won't Find in Obvious Child

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Leora Tanenbaum

The new romantic comedy Obvious Child is about Donna, a young bawdy comedian who has a one-night-stand and becomes pregnant. Unprepared for parenthood emotionally or financially, she has an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Although Donna and her friends live and breathe four-letter words, there's one they never mention.

Why More Men Need to Stand With Women

James Michael Sama | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
James Michael Sama

We cannot stay quiet when our sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, and friends are being harassed. When our girlfriends have been harassed or abused in the past. When our peers and fellow men are the ones doing the abusing. It should cause absolute outrage in us. It is unacceptable.

This Is What Male Feminists Look Like

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.04.2014 | Women

All men can support women and fight to end inequality, and a new hashtag is an inspiring look at the guys out there doing so. Driven by the respon...