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Howard Students Protest On Behalf Of Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual assault on college campuses is a rampant issue across the country. But the way these issues are handled on campus – by school officials, faculty and students, alike – is just as concerning.

After a Howard University student came out on social media and said she was raped by another student, students took to Twitter and scheduled a public protest where they would stand around a dorm and chant “No means No!”

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Why it’s important that men are writing about rape

On Wednesday, the Women’s Media Center released research findings which suggest that – even though 20 percent of women versus 2 percent of men will be raped in their lifetimes, stories about rape are usually written by men. This gender discrepancy affects not only who continue to write about rape but also how these stories are told.

Rape of Teen Inmates Is Prevalent

From Alternet:

A horrifying new story from the Marshall Project tells the story of John, a 17-year-old, 140-pound inmate in Michigan, who was raped by his 200-pound cellmate after being housed in an adult prison. It was not the last time he would be sexually assaulted. The piece is titled, “A Boy Among Men: What happens when you throw a teenager into an adult prison? Guess.”

John was repeatedly victimized, and permanently traumatized. His ordeal is not unusual for younger inmates, especially in states—and there are many of them—where strict laws have been passed to try juveniles as adults. The younger inmates become prime pickings for prison predators.

Twelve years after the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003, the horror of prison rape has not been eliminated. Inmates under 18 in adult prisons are said to be five times more likely to be attacked than their peers in juvenile facilities. Worse, prison guards are sometimes complicit in these rapes and are sometimes even the perpetrators.

Read more at Alternet

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Over at the Hairpin, writer Hannah Giorgis has penned a moving essay on sexual assault and police response:

But if this predictable, formulaic depiction of justice is Law & Order: SVU’s greatest comfort, it is also its greatest deception. The show has managed to convince a generation of viewers that cops are largely benevolent workaholics who will always do their best to seek justice for victims, that their occasional forays into unconstitutional behavior are always justified. But law enforcement officers routinely ignore sex crimes altogether, commit inconceivable sexual violence themselves, and face little (if any) retribution

Arrests made in #IAmJada rape case

 

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Two suspects have been charged in the brutal gang rape of a teenage girl in Texas who went public about the crime after discovering the attack on social media.

The girl, known as Jada found out she had been sexually assault via the #JadaPose tag.