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Richard Dawkins defends the indefensible

*Massive trigger warning for sexual abuse and related crimes* There I was sitting in a waiting room, scrolling through my twitter feed when I happened upon the Salon article reporting on how celebrated atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins has decided that “mild pedophilia” does not cause “lasting harm.” Say what?! In a recent interview with…

The sweet sound of ‘Guilty’

**TRIGGER WARNING** While I did write about it early on, like many survivors of sexual violence, I have been keeping a distance from the proceedings surrounding the trial of Jerry Sandusky — the former Penn State defensive coordinator who was accused of sexually abusing multiple children over a span of years. The case turns my…

Year in Review: A look back at stories of sexual violence in 2011

**TRIGGER WARNING** 2011 was a year full of intense stories about sexual violence across a wide spectrum. My hope is that some of the discussion and dialogue here on The Siren has been beneficial in shining a light on an ugly problem and, perhaps, offering hope, clarity, or insight for those struggling with this issue…

Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Today Fem2pt0 is trying to turn the web — or at least Facebook (is there any difference anymore?) — purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Sweet Love Because Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaign is going strong in DC today, but we can all get in on the action and post pics of ourselves…

Mid-week news round-up: military at pride parade, the sexist dairy campaign and more!

It’s hot out there, and I don’t just mean the weather: Have you been watching the week-long series on sexual violence airing on My News 3’s Healthline segment? It features Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence Executive Director Andrea Sundberg speaking on a variety of issues related to sexual violence. (Full disclosure: I am on the…