From #CuffCosby to Dennis Hastert, Larry Wilmore is the late night comedian who has our backs

When it comes to comedy, it’s rare that survivors of sexual violence aren’t served up as the punch line. Even otherwise smart, feminist comedians get tripped up with how to crucify the ones who deserve it – the rapists – without stumbling into the low-hanging fruit of blaming the victims. (It’s actually not that hard…

[TW] Where’s the public outrage about Las Vegas’ high rate of sex crimes in schools?

[Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse] In this week’s Vegas Seven I wrote about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the good work happening at the Rape Crisis Center. One program in particular, the Enough Abuse Campaign, resonates with me personally as a survivor of sexual abuse. The program is designed to teach adults how…

[TW] Why ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ are progress, not fascism

[Trigger Warning] Dear Steve Sebelius, I was disheartened to see your opinion piece, titled Beware of the ‘safe space’ movement. In the decade we’ve known each other, I have seen your usually unfailing support for the oppressed. Despite your occasionally borderline sense-of-humor and brash public persona, I know you to be kind and (probably hard…

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,…