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Victim Blaming

9 Absurd Justifications For Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Males

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, protests have spread across America in response to multiple grand juries declining to indict police officers responsible for the ...

Fight for the Right to Take Nude Photos

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The surest way to avoid ever having your most private photos shared publicly is to not take them in the first place. This is the philosophy behind the most common advice given to teens, among whom the rates of "sexting" continue to rise. Trust no one. Share nothing. Even better: Take nothing. It's ridiculous logic.

If People Talked About Stolen Wallets The Way People Talk About Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women

Rape is a crime where people often blame the victim in a way they wouldn't had another crime occurred -- for example, the theft of a wallet. Caitl...

Tyler Kingkade

It Really Matters When College Officials Say Terrible Things About Rape. Here's Why. | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.20.2014 | College

When Tom Hogan, the district attorney for Chester County in Pennsylvania, heard about a local college president's remarks in September about campus ra...

Football Players Accused of Sexual Assault; Fans Worried About Season

Madison Lawson | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
Madison Lawson

In the South, college football reigns. And with a program as storied as that of the University of Tennessee's in Knoxville, football is second to nothing. And in the eyes of the fan base, second not even to the respect and safety of women.

Stop Calling It 'Hazing' -- Call It 'Rape'

Mike Mennonno | Posted 10.21.2014 | College
Mike Mennonno

And as long as we continue to call it a "hazing scandal" or "football controversy", we signal our willingness as a society to let it slide. Let's call it what it is.

LAPD Is Helping to Make It Safe to Rape in Los Angeles

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime
Maxwell Kennedy

A significant number of LAPD Detectives feel "stranger rape is the only 'real' rape," according to a report published by the Justice Department.

Anyone Scoffing at 'Active Consent' Is Missing the Point

Shannon Deep | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Active consent policies exist to change hearts and minds about how we think about sexual boundaries. They are not meant to entrap drunk college students with unfounded rape accusations, which under active consent are no easier to "prove" than before. The policy of active consent is a banner, not a barrier.

Dr. Phil Gets Honest About Shame And Domestic Abuse

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.06.2014 | Dr. Phil

Following the Ray Rice scandal, which caused a firestorm both within and outside the world of professional sports, Dr. Phil says that a “window of f...

UVA Student Hannah Graham Didn't Disappear Because She Was Drunk

Bustle | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women

You may wonder how feminism pertains to a missing-persons case, but it has both everything and nothing to do with Hannah Graham's disappearance. It has nothing to do with how we respond to Hannah's disappearance: We need to locate her and bring her home. But it has everything to do with our reaction to, and perception of, the case.

The Dangerous Myth Of The Crazy, Easy Drunk Woman

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Frezza's outrageous article is hardly an outlier. It's just the latest example of people demeaning drunk women and blaming them for anything that may happen to them while in said inebriated state. Meanwhile, men who get hammered are just fun-loving bros with wild stories.

If You Don't Want People To Steal Your Nude Photographs, Then Don't Be Nude (or: The Sociology of the Celebrity Cell Phone Hacking Scandal)

Galanty Miller | Posted 11.08.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Coincidentally, I post a similar tweet whenever I hear about a kidnapped child. "If you don't want your child to be kidnapped, then don't have kids!"

'The List Of Rules For Women,' As Explained By A Guy Who Gets It

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.03.2014 | Women

"Does anyone have a complete, up-to-date list of everything that women are supposed to do and not do so that they qualify for having their humanity re...

I Can't Believe I'm Writing This: Street Harassment Is Not a Compliment

Shannon Deep | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Letting someone know you find them desirable does have a time and place; say, flirting at a bar or party. Or maybe on a date. Or how about in bed? The difference is simple and monumental: Consent.

Dear Daughters: 'Because You Can' Is a Reason to Drink to Excess -- Just Not a Very Good One

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Is advising women going off to college -- or out dancing, for that matter -- to be as safe as they can be given what we know about our dangerous world, filled with dangerous people, a way of condoning victim-blaming? Or is it simply encouraging good common sense?

Hitting Home: No One Has a Right to Be Violent

Mike Cruse | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Mike Cruse

As a man trying to raise another man, I refuse to continue or cultivate a culture of, "Well, she was asking for it" or "Well, she shouldn't have provoked me." I will instead raise my son to make the CHOICE to be a good man.

My Secret: I Was One of Those Girls Who Had Sex With Older Men on the Internet

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Yes, there was something wrong, but it wasn't with me, and my cyber sex was nothing more than a symptom of something bigger. It was my way of showing that I felt out of control and helpless.

Institutions That Minimize Abuse Share the Blame

Kim Gandy | Posted 10.01.2014 | Sports
Kim Gandy

It's time for our institutions to scrap their crisis communication plans when it comes to violence against women, and replace them with real plans to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.

ESPN Host Defends Comments About Women Provoking Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 07.25.2014 | Sports

While many were expressing outrage at his comments about domestic violence, Stephen A. Smith let his followers on Twitter know that he was also ANNOYE...

No, Thought Catalog, My Short Hair Cut Still Isn't the Same as Rape

Kelsey Bain | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Kelsey Bain

In a culture where women's bodies are constantly objectified, where men such as yourself seem to think that they have some kind of claim over them, a post such as this only serves to further the idea that consent is some silly slogan those "crazy feminists" throw around, rather than something that is essential for safe and healthy sexual encounters.

WaPo Suggests Women Stop 'Taking Lovers' To Protect Themselves From Violence

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women

According to a Washington Post op-ed, there's a simple way to end violence against women -- have all those single ladies get married and stop "taking...

A Perfect Takedown Of 'She Was Asking For It'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women

"Stop asking people's clothing to have sex with you, and start asking people." That's the message behind Anna Binkovitz's slam poem, "Asking For It...

Sexual Assault and U.S. News College Rankings: Did He Just Say That?

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

My daughter told me she can't believe she is expected to GO to college in a country where 55 colleges and universities are facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases, and one in five girls will be assaulted before graduation.

Judge's Light Sentence for Convicted Rapist Sparks Outrage for the Legal Community

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

The line between what is acceptable and what is not as it pertains to shaming in the legal arena is murky at best. In the interest of not just those in the legal profession, but more importantly victims and the accused, it is time we get some clarity on these issues.

Objection, Your Honor

Ellen Magnis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Ellen Magnis

Victim blaming has absolutely no place in the courtroom, especially by a judge.