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Wednesday 26 July 2017
Featured

forty-five years later, U.S. still needs to fight for Title IX progress

Danika Kimball
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Forty-five years ago, Title IX legislation, which prevented gender-based discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded educational spheres in the United States, was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. This landmark legislation ensured that women were allowed access to education spaces that may have not been available previously. Title IX is still important in…
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Monday 10 November 2014
Featured Film

my big fat gypsy wedding: the sad truth about gender stereotypes that still exist in britain today

Sarah McGhee
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If you live in England, you would undoubtedly have heard of the Channel 4 documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, which explores the lives of gypsy travellers all over Great Britain. The series follows various teenage girls in the weeks and months leading up to a big event in their young lives, whether it’s their…
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Tuesday 9 September 2014
Featured

common rape myths we’re all sick of hearing

Emilie Bertsch
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**Trigger warning** Discussion of rape and sexual assault Rape myths are harmful. Not only can they seep into a society’s collective cultural consciousness but they can seep into law and policy too. Moreover, instead of holding a rapist to account, myths about rape seek to, in some way, hold a victim of rape to account…
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Wednesday 16 April 2014
News

In brief: new study finds girls view sexual violence as normal

Matilda Mornane
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A new study titled ‘Normalising Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harrassment and Abuse’, published in Gender & Society, has found that girls and young women will rarely report incidents of sexual violence because they view them as ‘normal.’ The study analysed interviews conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center with 100 young women between the…
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Tuesday 8 April 2014
News World

sexual assault victim’s letter to Harvard goes viral in time for sexual assault awareness month

Bridget Conway
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**Trigger warning: discussion of  rape and rape culture** This just makes me incredibly angry. In an open, anonymous letter to Harvard, a student has shared her story of sexual abuse by a fellow schoolmate that has, at this stage, been ignored by the school itself. The student, who has been diagnosed with depression and has…
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Saturday 26 October 2013
News

the link between binge drinking and sexual assault

Claire Jansen
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Should we tell women to stop binge drinking in order to protect them from being sexually assaulted? Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column at Slate thinks so, and has attracted the ire of the Internet since having her piece published. Yoffe makes the case that binge drinking is closely related to sexual assault…
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Friday 5 July 2013
World

in brief: reports of rape amidst egypt’s revolt

Farz Edraki
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  Women have been raped and assaulted during this week’s protests in Tahrir Square — a reality that is in stark contrast to images of women fiercely demonstrating alongside men during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Egypt’s Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, a crisis hotline for sexual assault victims, has reported over 100 incidents of sexual violence against…
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Monday 24 June 2013
News Opinion World

serena williams on steubenville rape victim: ‘she’s 16. why was she drunk?’

Alexandra Van Schilt
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  The Steubenville rape case of August 2012 was given international attention and exposed many of the darker elements of America’s – and the world’s – reaction to and further creation of rape culture. The well-documented incident involved sixteen-year-old students and budding football stars Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, and the repeated rape and sexual…
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Saturday 22 June 2013
Opinion

would you wear these tights as an anti-rape device?

Siobhan Chapman
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An image originating from China’s version of Twitter of what appears to be a woman wearing hairy leg tights, which are intended to protect women from perverts, hit the internet by storm this week. Described as ‘super sexy, summertime anti-pervert full-leg-of-hair stockings, essential for all young girls going out’, it’s not actually clear whether this…
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
News

in brief: adrian bayley sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of jill meagher

Amy Nicholls-Diver
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Adrian Bayley, the man who raped and murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher  has today been sentenced to serve at least 35 years in jail. Justice Geoffrey Nettle sentenced the 41-year-old to life for the murder, and 15 years for what he described as ‘a savage violent rape of the worst kind’. Bayley would be eligible…
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
Featured News

violent crime, the justice system and the jill meagher case

Danielle Scoins
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The rape and murder of Jill Meagher has shocked the Australian people. Now, as the trial against the accused, Adrian Bayley, unfolds and with sentencing set for today, it has become apparent that not only was Bayley known to police, but he held a significant criminal history. This history includes charges of rape, attempted rape,…
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Friday 7 June 2013
News

in brief: senator McCain advises women not to join the US armed forces

Claire Gallagher
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US Republican Senator John McCain has lost faith in the US armed forces’ ability to respond to the sexual violence perpetrated against women. Senator McCain admitted he can no longer in good conscience advise women to join the service and during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing said, ‘Just last night, a woman came to…
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Friday 17 May 2013
News

sexual assault against women rife in australian psychiatric healthcare system

Audrey K. Hulm
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I am not one for particularly conflated language or hyperbole – but when half the population, of any group of people, is having their life negatively impacted on by an outside entity, which forces its way on or into your person, causing grief, sickness, or even death, that is what we call an epidemic. The…
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Friday 22 March 2013
Featured Opinion

the daily telegraph – thanks for contributing to victim blaming

Kaylia Payne
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  Last week I was unlucky enough to come across an article in the Daily Telegraph entitled ‘More women are getting drunk on Sydney streets than ever before’. It was the usual article about women and sexual assault, i.e. how women can avoid getting assaulted if they simply stop being so darn silly and reckless…
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