Sexual Violence

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Suzan-Lori Parks, Rashid Johnson Cut Violent Scene From 'Native Son' Remake

The new cinematic version of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel addresses contemporary racial and social justice issues—and changes a major plot point.

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This Is a Defining Moment for Women of Color Who Survived Sexual Violence [OP-ED]

“We saw an educated White woman with financial, legal and familial support testify about being sexually assaulted, and then face the emotionally exhausting experience of being cross-examined for hours and disbelieved by many Senators. We got the message: If they won’t listen to her, it will be even worse for us.”

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Lyric Cabral to Direct R. Kelly Documentary

The “T(error)” filmmaker’s upcoming documentary draws from BuzzFeed News’ reporting on the singer’s alleged sexual abuse of Black women and girls.

What Would it Take to Actually End Intimate Violence?

Transformative justice activist Mia Mingus reflects on responding to sexual assault without creating more harm.

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Seriously, Why Are Some of Us Still Defending R. Kelly?

The explosive Buzzfeed piece about R. Kelly running a “cult” of young women whom he abuses and controls has triggered familiar defenses from fans. Jamilah Lemieux calls bulls**t on all of them. 

Report: Girls of Color Who Survive Abuse Frequently End Up in Prison

Study shows that sexual abuse makes girls more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system.

CeeLo Booted From Military Base Performance

But don’t feel too bad for him.

Congress to Consider Military Rape Legislation

Military servicewomen are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted than non-military women.

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

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

Hundreds of Teens Behind Bars Report Sexual Assaults by Staffers

Rape and sexual assault are frighteningly prevalent in the juvenile justice system.

Senate Approves Defense Bill That Authorizes Abortions at Military Facilities

In 2010 alone, there were at least 19,000 intra-military sexual assaults, according to the Defense Department.

The Big Military Story No One Wants to Talk About Right Now: Rape

The General Petraeus sex scandal is all the rage. But we need to focus our attention on how the military is handling routine rape and retaliation against survivors in service.

Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue

A year and a half later, squalid camps remain the only homes for hundreds of thousands of people, and reports of sexual violence inside them are rising.

The NY Post Makes DSK's Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

In its lust for a salacious scoop, Rupert Murdoch’s chronically race-baiting tabloid has made both the alleged victim and her community into the villains.

Lara Logan Speaks on Sexual Assault

It’s an important time to tackle the real threat of violence that many women, especially those of color, face while reporting abroad.

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

Taylor’s case has been a symbol of the sexual violence black women suffered for decades.

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

The 91-year-old’s family still wants a formal apology for the failure to investigate and prosecute her rapists for nearly 70 years.

After Cleveland, Texas: Eight Ways Black Men Can Fight Rape

Anti-rape activist Dr. R’Leureux Lewis gives black men simple (and not-so-simple) ways to interrupt rape culture–and break down the negative stereotypes that help fuel it.

Federal Civil Rights Suit Challenges Louisiana's Felony Sex Work Law

Jordan Flaherty follows up on last year’s report of an archaic anti-gay law that puts sex workers in child molestation registries.

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

She was one of literally uncounted black women who were assaulted without justice in Jim Crow’s South.