rape

CeeLo Green: It's Not Rape If the Victim Is Unconscious

The singer decided to make a bad situation even worse.

SNL's Leslie Jones Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Slave Rape Joke

It just wasn't funny.

French Media Outlets Report Strauss-Kahn, NY Maid Settle for $6 Million

The two largest French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro are reporting Strauss-Kahn and Diallo are expected to meet on December 7 to "sign a financial agreement ending the civil proceedings."

Too $hort Calls XXL Video Debacle a Blessing in Disguise

Bad publicity, an enlightening conversation with activist dream hampton and "karma" produce an a-ha! moment for the rapper who instructed middle school boys to "turn out" their female classmates.

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

Ways to regroup and do better after the debacle of Too $hort's violent, rape-celebrating XXL.com video.

Film Reveals "The Invisible War" on Women in Our Military

A documentary premiered at Sundance that shines light on the ugly secret of rape inside the U.S. military. It's time we all pay attention, writes Rinku Sen.

FBI Gets Closer to Calling Rape What It Is

The new working definition of rape may become official in December. Thankfully, it doesn't include the words "carnal" or "forcible," and it doesn't exclude victims who aren't female.

More Thoughts on SlutWalk: No Attention is Better Than Bad Attention

I was ambivalent about SlutWalk--until I saw this picture.

FBI to Revise Hopelessly Narrow Definition of Rape

It only took 80 years for the federal agency to acknowledge that "carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will" excludes a whole lot of victims.

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 8: So-Called Credibility Trumps Justice

As expected, Nafissatou Diallo's inconsistencies have compelled prosecutors to abandon her sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. It's a sad day in so-called justice.

Judge Dismisses Sexual Assault Charges Against Strauss-Kahn

A Manhattan Judge has dismissed all charges at the prosecution's request.

Is the SlutWalk Movement Relevant For a Black Feminist?

What started among college activists in Toronto has exploded into a global movement, with some fuzzy racial politics. But feminist filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons explains why she's taking the stage at her hometown's SlutWalk tomorrow.

A Few Thoughts About 'Paying' Rape Victims

The Beautiful Struggler asks why rape victims who seek compensation are less believable than those who don't. Good question.

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number 7: Alleged Victims Are People, Too

With her credibility in question and the prosecution wavering, Nafissatou Diallo, the Sofitel maid at the center of the DSK rape case, has joined the media circus. Brace yourself for a rape culture extravaganza.

Violence Against Migrant Women Won't End After DSK Case

From Indonesia to the Congo--and back to the U.S.--migrant laboring women are attacked systematically and with impunity.

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 6: Alleged Victims Can Change the Script

The Guinean hotel housekeeper drew the line with the New York Post. I say good for her.

Who's Really on Trial in the DSK Rape Case? [Reader Forum]

A very rich, powerful man is accused of raping a woman of color. So why is his accuser's past on trial? Readers chime in.

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 5: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim

The prosecution that was once so sure of its case against former IMF chief Dominique Strass-Kahn is wavering. Score one for victim-blaming.

DSK Rape Case Takeaway No. 4: Discuss at Your Own Risk

What do you do when a group discussion about a touchy-but-ubiquitous subject gets dangerously personal?

Takeaways from the DSK Rape Case

Hotel housekeepers are catching hell, plus two other lessons we've learned from the coverage of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.