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Despite change in law, rape victims still paying medical bills related to assault, study finds

Rape victims are still paying medical bills related to their assaults, despite federal efforts to lift that burden, reported PBS. A new study funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, found that rape victims are still paying for prevention and treatment…

MO lawmaker: Force 3-day abortion wait on rape victims — it’s ‘same thing’ as my bad knee

The Missouri Senate on Tuesday voted down an amendment that would have exempted rape victims from a proposed three-day waiting period for abortions, three times the current 24-hour wait. The Guttmacher Institute told KBIA that Missouri lawmakers have proposed so many abortion restrictions during this session that experts are having…

Argentina court rules 14-year-old rape victim can have abortion

A court in Argentina ruled Friday that a 14-year old rape victim could have an abortion, overturning a lower court decision barring the girl from seeking the procedure which had triggered outrage. The teenage girl discovered early last month that she was pregnant after being raped by her mother’s partner.…

Men’s rights activist explains why it’s OK to not care about female rape victims

The leader of an online men’s right group defended comments made by his hand-picked successor, who said he lacked empathy for rape victims. Paul Elam, founder of the website A Voice For Men, complained that feminists had conspired to underreport incidences of male rape and promote the victimhood of female…

New Men’s Rights Movement’s leader ‘doesn’t give a f**k about rape victims’ when they’re women

This weekend, R. Tod Kelly wrote a damning profile of the new online leader of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), John Hembling, currently the editor in chief of A Voice for Men (AV4M). Hembling is a combative, controversial figure, who frequently makes untenable arguments, as when he claims women are…

Watch: Sponsor of Texas anti-abortion bill claims rape kits ‘clean out’ pregnancy

A Texas Republican state representative pushing legislation that would enact one of the nation’s strictest bans on abortion claimed in floor debate Sunday night that exceptions for the victims of rape and incest are not needed because emergency rooms offer rape kits that “basically clean her out.” “If a woman…

Gun Industry Profits Will Not Stop Rape

You are not a big man because you can scare a woman. Zerlina Maxwell has the right’s number on this whole push to sell guns by offering them as effective rape prevention: It’s a form of rape apology and denialism. As I noted before, it’s telling that the organization spearheading…

Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts

JAKARTA — Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing “provocative” clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape. “We know there have been a lot of rape cases and other immoral acts recently, and this…

Victim-blaming and social control

Tracy Clark-Flory has an awesome piece up at Salon about the proliferation of "how not to get raped" tips, and why they are so messed up. And yes, she quotes me in it, but that's only one reason (along with quotes from other feminist bloggers) that I liked it. She…

Rep. Jackie Speier: U.S. military punishes rape victims

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) for the ninth time on Tuesday called on Congress to address the pervasive problem of sexual harassment and rape in the U.S. military. To call attention to the problem, she has been telling the stories of woman who were sexually harassed and assaulted while serving in…

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