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From Gossip to Bragging, How Girls and Boys Are Talking About Sex Is a Problem

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Katie Koestner

f boys and men speak of the act of doing, conquest, teamwork, and if girls retell the story without commentary and proudly support the boys' team, how can we delude ourselves into movement toward sexual equality and respect?

We Have the Right to Bodily Integrity No Matter What We're Drinking

Emily Renda | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Emily Renda

I was a first year student out at a party drinking in the Fall, and a guy who insisted on walking me home invited me to hang out in his room. It's not unusual -- practically commonplace.

The Next Generation of Activists Is Keeping Us Honest

Claire N. Kaplan | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Claire N. Kaplan

From where I sit, today's youth are far more engaged, far more concerned and truthfully, more prepared to deal with roadblocks than my generation, and they expect to carry on that activism after graduation.

Why I Continue to Take Back the Night

Paulina Jones-Torregrosa | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Paulina Jones-Torregrosa

This will be my third year attending Take Back the Night. I go because as a woman, I am a target of gender-based violence. I go because I am outraged that these senseless acts continue to happen in my campus community.

Those Who Avidly Defend Manhood Are Often Its Biggest Traitors

Gordon Braxton | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Gordon Braxton

To let many men tell it, they are experts at deciphering the intentions of women and wooing them towards a mutual attraction, but this confidence quickly disperses when it comes to discussion of sexual assault.

Why Every College Student Should Know the Definition of Consent

Leah Bakely | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Leah Bakely

I would wager that many college students, including those on my campus, still don't understand the importance of communicating and, worse, still don't know the definitions of sexual assault or consent.

My Inbox Is Full of High School and Middle School Students' Stories of Sexual Assault

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

The email reads, "This fall he's been in one of my classes, and he won't stop touching me. I can't get him to stop."

The Real Reason Many Young Men Say They Won't Report Being Raped

Katie Koestner | Posted 12.29.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

You are perceived as weak -- in mind and body -- if you say that you've been raped. I assume he is providing an observation of societal expectation. He is not. He is telling us why he never told anyone.

Taking Back the Night in Chicago

Nancy A. Matthews | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Nancy A. Matthews

The violence that doesn't get much attention in Chicago is the routine and relentless violence against women and girls that occurs every day -- dating violence, date rape, intimate partner violence, stalking.

The Mixed Message I Have to Send My Daughter About Her Body

Kiranjit K. Longaker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Kiranjit K. Longaker

I nurture in my daughter a terrible mixed message: one, that she has full sexual self-ownership, and two, that the specter of violence ultimately robs her of sexual self-ownership.

A College Vice President Confesses to Rape, Promises to Do Better

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

I say nothing. I am in the passenger seat of the car of a rapist. I am wearing my seatbelt. I am firmly affixed to his car. I wonder if he moved 3,000 miles away from the divorce or his victim?

Speaking Out on Men's Role in Preventing Sexual Assault

Kevin Powell | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Kevin Powell

I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.

How It Feels When White Women Cross to the Other Side of the Street

Gordon Braxton | Posted 06.14.2014 | Black Voices
Gordon Braxton

I can relate to the experience of white women speeding up, altering their paths, clutching their belongings or casting wary glances in my presence.

The Gentleman Who Raped Me

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

I was born down South, and had heard the word "gentleman" a thousand times, but never as a descriptor for a rapist. I marveled as she spoke. It was her composure and perfect makeup that wowed me.

These Are the Places on Campus Where Sexual Violence Occurs

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

We stopped outside the fraternity house. One girl ran over to the front walk and crouched down about 20 feet from the front door.

Women Should Not Have to Live in Constant Fear of Assault

Maryna Bencharska | Posted 06.08.2014 | College
Maryna Bencharska

One in three women globally has suffered intimate partner violence including physical and sexual attacks. Nine out of 10 rape victims in the world are female.

This Is What Happened When I Reported My Rape

Katie Koestner | Posted 06.07.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

Maybe he had never interviewed someone who said she was raped by a guy who was really good looking, really rich, really smart and really talented.

It's Not Rape, If It's a Freshman: An Open Letter to Parents

Susan J. Goldstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Susan J. Goldstein

On September 8th, my daughter, an eighteen-year-old freshman, had been at college just three weeks when she called to tell me she had been sexually assaulted by a group of football players.

Justin Timberlake Debuts New Video

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Entertainment

After teasing the music video to his latest single "Take Back the Night" in a series of sneak peeks on Tuesday morning, Justin Timberlake finally debu...


Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment

Following threats of possible legal action over his new song "Take Back the Night," Justin Timberlake is safe from litigation's way. The women's-r...

Bad News For Justin Timberlake

Posted 07.15.2013 | Entertainment

Justin Timberlake may be facing legal action over the name of his new single, "Take Back The Night." Released Friday, "Take Back The Night" is Timberl...

New Justin Timberlake Song Takes MJ Worship To New Level

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.12.2013 | Entertainment

Just two days after teasing it in a short promo, Justin Timberlake has unveiled his new single "Take Back the Night." Using the same intro as the ...

Justin Timberlake Previews New Album

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

Justin Timberlake is edging his way toward unveiling the second round of his "20/20 Experience," this time teasing the launch with a new video promo. ...

The Nights I Couldn't Take Back

North by Northwestern | Posted 06.26.2013 | College
North by Northwestern

A group of students gathered in Dittmar Gallery on Thursday night for Take Back the Night, a yearly event in which survivors of physical or sexual assault speak out about their experiences.

Sexual Assault Awareness: Not Just a Month

Ethan Miller | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

How do we end rape culture? We have to make sure these messages of change reach everyone within our campus communities, not just feminist activists and allies.