Social Media Posts Just Cost 10 Harvard Freshmen Their Admittances

Harvard College administrators rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after they posted messages joking about child abuse, sexual assault, pedophilia, and the Holocaust in a private Facebook group chat. The group, titled, at one point, “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens,” also featured speech directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. … Continued

“Knees Together” Comments from Rape Trial Judge May Cost Him Big

Robin Camp, a Canadian Federal Court Justice, should be removed from the bench after he asked a 19-year-old rape survivor why she didn’t do anything to protect herself during the alleged attack, according to the Canadian Judicial Council’s committee of inquiry. The case in question took place in 2014 after the young woman accused Alexander … Continued

As Stanford Rapist Gets Early Release, California Legislature Responds

The California Assembly has unanimously approved AB 2888, a measure that will close a loophole in the state’s sexual assault laws. The new legislation––which passed 66-0––would require at least a three-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting an unconscious person. Current California law imposes a prison sentence on people convicted of sexual assault, but not if … Continued

Finally Some Real World Consequences For The Stanford Rapist

[DIGEST: Jezebel, USA Today] Brock Turner’s Olympic dreams are no more. Turner, the 20-year old former Stanford University student and varsity swimmer who was convicted for the rape of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster during a fraternity party, has received a lifetime ban from USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the governing body for professional swimming … Continued

Democrats and Republicans Show Rare Unity on New “Bill of Rights” For Rape Survivors

[DIGEST: 114th Congress, Huffington Post, The Guardian] On Monday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors Act. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy and seven other Democratic, Independent and Republican senators sponsored the legislation, which was included in the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act to continue federal funding for tracking sex crime offenders. … Continued

Things Just Got Very Bad For Bill Cosby

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been amended to reflect recent updates to the story. [Digest: NYTimes, CNN, ABC, USA Today] Update: 4:00 PM At about 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Cosby, 78, was escorted into a courtroom in Elkin Park, Pennsylvania by his attorneys. Cosby pleaded not guilty to a charge of second degree aggravated indecent assault; a conviction for … Continued

How Do You Stop Serial Rapists? Test the Hundreds of Thousands of Backlogged Rape Kits

The federal Department of Justice and New York City officials recently announced grants totaling nearly $80 million to help clear the massive backlog of rape kits languishing, untested, in police evidence rooms across the country. The funding will enable the processing of more than 70,000 untested kits in more than 40 law enforcement jurisdictions, making … Continued

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