The recent Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was a high-profile example of how women's health can fall prey to politics. Considering this is an election year, we can expect reproductive rights rhetoric to heat up on both sides.
A survey that came out yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents some haunting statistics about rape, stalking and domestic violence. Over the course of a year, more than 12 million men and women are victims of these crimes, usually committed by an intimate partner, and more than 1 million women report being raped each year.
If you saw a child getting raped, what would you do? Mike McQueary had that very decision to make on March 1, 2002. He saw a 10-year-old boy getting raped in a locker room shower by, for all intents and purposes, his boss, Jerry Sandusky.
As we try to process all the sordid and unbelievable details of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal, it's hard not to wonder what his wife, Dottie, must be going through right now. I can only imagine she is as horrified and shocked as the rest of the world, as most any wife would be. But I also wonder if she is now looking back on the past 15 years and questioning how she couldn't have seen the clues more clearly.
Over the years, Johnny Depp has become one of America's most beloved celebrities, despite the actor's tendencies to lean towards more whimsical projects. The Alice in Wonderland star grossed $100 million last year and essentially has his pick of any Tim Burton movie ever created. But, in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the actor, for once, made a faux pas.
Why are prosecutors so quick to act on allegations of rape? So quick, it seems, that they often do so, especially in high profile cases, before they have a reasonable belief they can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt—the standard of proof required in a criminal case. When, as in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) and Duke Lacrosse cases, charges are brought prematurely and then dropped, it leads to a trial by pubic opinion. Did he do it? Did she lie? We may never know. That doesn't, however, stop people from taking sides and having strongly held beliefs about guilt or innocence.
Completing a stunning reversal of fortunes for the ex-IMF chief, a Manhattan judge on Tuesday dropped criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Strauss-Kahn made his first public statement since being charged with sexually assaulting hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo...
"YOU are going to Walk with the Philly SlutWalkers on August 6th , AND dress in a slutty way?" a very good and savvy friend asked me for the second time --- her voice incredulous. "Yes, I am -- in an age appropriate slutty way," I responded. "What's that?" she continued, still incredulous. "A slinky little black dress, purple boa and long purple gloves." (I had also bought purple sneakers that I did not mention.)
The question of whether porn is dangerous or harmless is one that society has had trouble answering for some time. A recent, rather controversial article in Newsweek suggested that men who buy sex, including pornography, are more likely to be criminals, including engage in violent sexual behavior. But the Scientific American says the opposite: porn could actually lower the amount of sexual violence.
A test for date rape drugs may soon be available so women can learn in real-time if their drinks have been spiked. All a boozer has to do is dip the test into the drink and the test tells you whether it's been roofied with either GHB or ketamine. The test works equally well on beer, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks and allegedly has a 100 percent success rate. Date rape drug tests, created by Israeli scientists, should be commercially available in a year and a half.
Nafissatou Diallo, or "Nafi," the 32-year-old black domestic who dared to accuse one of the most powerful men in the world of rape, has unexpectedly stepped forward to prove to us that her allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, are true. And further, that she is not guilty of the salacious accusations that have been made against her in the press since she accused Strauss-Kahn of rape two months ago.
Nafissatou Diallo claimed one of the world's most powerful men tried to rape her— and then found herself accused. In an exclusive interview in this week's Newsweek, Diallo tells vivid, gripping details of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged attack, and rejects accusations of being a sex worker.
Behold, woman's new best friend. Rapports Opus is a police dog in Sweden who has been training for over a year to help police nab rapists by sniffing out sperm. This pup has just closed his first case. Last month, a woman was forced to perform oral sex on a man in a Swedish park. To help police collect evidence, Rapports Opus was brought in to find any trace amounts of semen left at the scene of the crime.
We were fairly certain that domestic abuse would no longer be tolerated in any capacity, but it turns out there's still a large chunk of modern America who deems it acceptable.
There are few situations more terrifying than waking up to find that yourself having unsolicited sex with someone, but what happens when your attacker claims to have been unconscious during the encounter? That's the dilemma a Welsh court faced when 43 year-old Stephen Lee Davies cited his sexsomnia as the reason he raped a 16 year-old in his bed.
In a culture where polyamory is part of the national vocabulary, sex parties are no longer shocking, and Rihanna is singing about S&M on the radio airwaves, it would seem that kink has finally gone mainstream. Still, there are some things that are still taboo… at least until you peek into women's panties.
When it comes to raising awareness over sensitive issues such as rape, how far is too far? In her latest video "Man Down," Rihanna shoots her rapist in the head, leaving many angry and wondering if the video shouldn’t be banned from TV.