“Denim Day” Counts All the Ways We Excuse Sexual Assault


It is often believed that sexy or suggestive clothing invites wanted male attention, positive or negative. Regardless, wearing revealing clothing does not invite sexual assault. In fact, women and girls have been raped in everything from jeans to business suits to pajamas. This belief reinforces the myth that women and girls invite assault by their clothing choices and shifts the blame for the crime to the victim and away from the perpetrator, where it belongs.

via “Denim Day” Counts All the Ways We Excuse Sexual Assault – The Sexist – Washington City Paper.


Metro – Teacher, 3 priests charged in assaults

Three Roman Catholic priests and a parochial school teacher were charged Thursday with the sexual assaults of two young boys. An archdiocese monsignor also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the cases involving a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome’s Parish in Northeast Philadelphia and a 14-year-old from another parish.

via Metro – Teacher, 3 priests charged in assaults.

Lara Logan Speaks Out About Assault In Egypt

CBS correspondent Lara Logan is speaking out for the first time since her brutal sexual assault in Egypt.

Logan was attacked by a mob near Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, the day that President Hosni Mubarak was finally driven from power.

via Lara Logan Speaks Out About Assault In Egypt: ‘They Raped Me With Their Hands’ (VIDEO).

Rapes of women in military ‘a national disgrace’

Women in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed by enemy fire. I know what you’re thinking – it sounds too unbelievable to be true. But it’s not.

via Rapes of women in military ‘a national disgrace’.

Angry Army Wife | Braley bill targets military sexual assaults

In introducing legislation that prevents the destruction of records relating to sex crimes, Iowa congressman cites a report that 23% of women in combat areas are victimized. TELEGRAPH HERALD

Congressman Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at helping victims of sexual trauma and assault in the military.

The Support for Survivors Act would require the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure life-long storage of all documents connected with reports of sexual assaults and sexual harassment across the military branches. The legislation also would prevent the military from destroying any records relating to sexual assault.

“The men and women who serve our country need to know that their government is standing up for them,” said Braley. “Just earlier today, I heard testimony from Linda Schwartz, the president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. She cited reports showing that 23 percent of women serving in combat areas report being victims of sexual assault perpetrated by other members of the military. That’s simply unacceptable, and we cannot allow it to continue.”

via Angry Army Wife | Braley bill targets military sexual assaults.

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“Rape is rape is rape,” says Biden.

On April 4, Vice President Joe Biden addressed Sexual Violence in a speech at the University of New Hampshire. Biden shared the experiences of Jenny (not her real name), a college freshman who was raped last year, New Hampshire Public Radio reported:

He said she’d been drinking at a party. And when she sought justice through the school, she was asked what she was wearing, how she was dancing, and whether she was sober.

“The student judicial panel said they didn’t find Jenny credible because she had been drinking. They decided her rapist was a nice kid and didn’t deserve the punishment under the circumstances,” Biden said….

But whether someone is drunk or sober doesn’t matter. As Biden put it, “Look folks – rape is rape is rape.”..

That’s one message that Biden hit hard: “Look guys – no matter what a girl does, no matter how she’s dressed, no matter how much she’s had to drink, it’s never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent. This doesn’t make you a man. It makes you a coward.”

via bibliofeminista — “Rape is rape is rape,” says Biden..

(bolded for emphasis) I know we’ve already discussed Biden’s talk and linked to more info, but we just can’t get over how good it was. “This doesn’t make you a man. It makes you a coward.” Preach.


Feds Launch Inquiry Into Sexual Harassment At Yale : NPR

April 6, 2011 from WNPR Warning: There is language in this story that some people may find objectionable.

Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

The inquiry comes just Washington spelled out higher education’s new legal obligations to respond to sexual violence.

Vice President Biden announced the federal guidelines during an April 4 speech at the University of New Hampshire. He said when it comes to sexual abuse, it’s quite simple.

“No means no, if you’re drunk or you’re sober. No means no if you’re in bed, in a dorm or on the street. No means no even if you said yes at first and you changed your mind. No means no,” Biden said.

But Yale students pledging to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chanted this about rape as they marched around campus last year: “No means yes, yes means anal. No means yes, yes mean anal.”

The incident was posted on YouTube, and, according to Yale junior Alexandra Brodsky, is just the latest in a string of female harassment incidents on the Ivy League campus.

Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

via Feds Launch Inquiry Into Sexual Harassment At Yale : NPR.

Moving beyond fear

Some know it immediately; for others, it takes time — lots of time.

Five local women related their life-altering and often graphic accounts of the moment they first experienced acts of sexual assault and the moment they realized how much those experiences had changed them. Often, it took months or even years for these women to come to terms with what they had been through.

“I never told anybody,” said Linda, a victim of rape. “I stayed silent. … It wasn’t until recently that I realized I hadn’t been living life fully.”

Full Article The Diamondback Online

Army recruiter charged with sexual assault had contact with other victims, police say | The Blotter

A U.S. Army recruiter charged with sexual assault in a 2009 incident involving a Atkins High School student had contact with “several” more victims, Austin police said Thursday.

Now, police are asking anyone who has information about Staff Sergeant Roland Benavides, an Army recruiter since 2008 and worked in an Austin office, or any potential victims, to come forward.

As a recruiter, Benavides, 35, had access to high schools throughout Central Texas, said Austin police detective Michael Crumrine.

“It’s incredibly troubling,” he said.

Benavides was charged Tuesday after a woman came forward claiming she was assaulted when she was an Atkins High School student and considering a career in the military, police said.

via Army recruiter charged with sexual assault had contact with other victims, police say | The Blotter.

Sexual Violence on University Campuses

“I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue — the rape — was just kind of swept under the carpet,” Lietz, 22, told AOL News in a phone interview. Lietz’s attacker pleaded guilty and is serving jail time. But the university, she says, never told her if he received any disciplinary action from the school, where she first reported the crime.

via Obama Administration Addresses Sexual Violence on University Campuses.

Further Reading re: sexual assault on college campuses go to Sexual Assault On Campus, A Frustrating Search for Justice  Artices and key findings from the Center for Public Integrity