You had me at James Bond: White House PSAs on sexual assault put onus on men

It seems the Obama Administration is making good on its campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses — and by proxy provide teachable moments about rape culture to the entire nation. Earlier this week, the White House released the first report (PDF) from the newly created sexual assault task force. In tandem with the…

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Rape culture means rapists never have to say they are sorry

[Trigger Warning: Sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, suicide, depression] Yesterday news broke that du Pont family heir Robert Richards IV will not be going to prison following a conviction of raping his three-year-old daughter. You read that right. A man who was convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting his daughter for at least two years,…

Sue Lowden campaign exploits rape story to attack GOP opponent

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault and gun violence Of all the dirty campaign tricks, this latest one from Republican lieutenant governor candidate Sue Lowden (or is it Chuck Muth?) has to be one of the vilest. Late Saturday, Steve Sebelius broke the news of a repugnant piece of propaganda released by Lowden’s camp. The six-page letter,…

Fell on Black Days: The GOP’s old tricks stir the pot before midterms

We’re not even a month into 2014 and it already feels like déjà vu all over again. Within a week’s time we’ve seen a veritable greatest hits of GOP base-stirring plays: the resurrection of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act in Congress (because that was so much fun in 2011); a bitter firestorm set…

The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering…