Rape Culture

Women in protest circle

Pu**y Grabs Back Protests Spread Nationwide

The grassroots day of action says #GOPHandsOffMe ahead of the final presidential debate.

Women protesting

#GOPHandsOffMe Protest Co-Organizer: 'This is Just the Beginning'

We spoke to co-organizer Jodeen Olguín-Tayler about why it was important to bring together a multiracial group of women—including sexual assault survivors—to protest the Republican presidential nominee.

Anita Hill speaks on a stage, seated

Anita Hill on Donald Trump's 'Predatory' Language

“At virtually every dinner table this weekend, people talked about what should happen to Donald Trump’s political ambitions. But little consideration was given to what impact the brutish behavior he claimed to have had on the women he victimized.”

Gabrielle Union in black patterned dress

Gabrielle Union Hopes Nate Parker Case, Movie Will 'Open Up The Conversation'

Union, an actress and rape survivor who stars in “The Birth of a Nation,” addressed her co-star Nate Parker’s 1999 case in a candid new op-ed.

Harry Belafonte in black tuxedo with blue background; Nate Parker in black tuxedo with orange background

Harry Belafonte, Penn State Alums Stand By Nate Parker

“It’s interesting because it’s coming out the same time the film’s coming out,” said Belafonte of the renewed attention to Parker and Jean Celestin’s 1999 rape trial. 

Nate Parker in beige suit and white shirt with dark striped tie

From Support to Horror, The World Reacts to Nate Parker's Resurrected Sexual Assault Case

Revived focus on a 17-year-old sexual assault case involving Parker and his “The Birth of a Nation” co-writer Jean Celestin—and the revelation that their accuser took her own life in 2012—has initiated a public conversation about rape and race.

Nate Parker with a noose made of the American flag, the word "Rapist?" is below him.

On Nate Parker, Rape and the Perils of Double Consciousness [Opinion]

Writer and women’s rights advocate Tarana Burke on how her identity informs her view of “The Birth of a Nation” auteur’s 1999 rape case.

Hip-Hop Activists Speak Out on Afrika Bambaataa Allegations Via Petition

“As a community we need to facilitate a process for those who are victims/survivors of abuse to help them heal and be made whole again.”

Three More Men Accuse Afrika Bambaataa of Sexual Abuse

The men came forward after former music industry executive Ronald Savage accused the hip-hop pioneer of molestation earlier this month. 

7 Women Sue Oklahoma City for Not Stopping Convicted Rapist, Ex-Cop Daniel Holtzclaw

The suit alleges that the city and police force ignored previous complaints that could have taken the officer off the streets sooner.

New Book Helps Native American Girls Cope After Sexual Assault

A full 34.1 percent of Native women reports being assaulted at some point in her life.

Convicted Serial Rapist Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years

Judge also rejected the former Oklahoma City police officer’s last-minute request for a new trial.

Why is Daniel Holtzclaw's Fate Being Decided by an All-White Jury?

Holtzclaw, a former Oaklahoma City police officer, is on trial for the sexual assault of twelve women and one teenager—most of whom are black. 

REPORT: Nearly 1,000 Police Officers Lost Badges for Sexual Assault, Misconduct

A year-long Associated Press investigation uncovered a staggering number of police officers accused of sexual assault and misconduct—including Daniel Holtzclaw, whose trial begins today. 

Ebony Editor Kierna Mayo Spills on the Instantly Infamous #CosbyVsCliff Cover

Editor-in-chief Kierna Mayo gives us an inside look at how the new Ebony cover came to be and what she hopes folks will gain from reading the issue.

Three More Women Come Forward, Accuse Bill Cosby Of Sexual Assault

The new accusations coincide with a strange story from Kenan Thompson about his own interactions with Cosby. 

A&E to Air Special Featuring Cosby’s Alleged Victims

The show will be broadcast tomorrow, September 17, 2015, at 9 p.m. ET.

Damon Wayans on His Defense of Bill Cosby: ‘Stop Twisting My Words’

Damon Wayans says Cosby is being targeted by media because the black community stopped supporting him.

'Anti-Rape Wear' Reinforces Every Rape Myth You Can Think Of

Yes, that’s right–rape-resistant underwear.

Sexy Female Video Game Avatars Can Negatively Affect Women

A new study shows that hypersexualized female avatars in video games can cause negative body image and promote rape acceptance in women.