Critic’s Pick: Sexual Assault Policies and LGBTQ-Inclusive Language

This post was written by SAFER’s awesome intern Avanti and originally published at Change Happens

After thinking about what consent means for people with disabilities, I want to explore other often marginalized identities and discuss how campus sexual assault policies use (or don’t use) lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer transgender and gender non-conforming inclusive language.

Let’s begin with some unfortunate news: I’ve searched a heck of a lot of these policies, and I have only found ONE that explicitly mentions LGBTQ people. Recently reviewing a student submission, I came across this statement in University of Akron’s policy:

Sexual misconduct and sexual assault is a serious crime that can affect men and women, whether gay, straight, ...

This post was written by SAFER’s awesome intern Avanti and originally published at Change Happens

After thinking about what consent means for people with disabilities, I want to explore other often marginalized identities and discuss how ...

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Quick Hit: Rick Santorum blames abortion for Social Security problems

Oh, Rick Santorum, you slay me. First you compare abortion to slavery, now abortion is responsible for current threats to Social Security. He said on a radio show yesterday in New Hampshire:

“The social security system in my opinion is a flawed design, period. But, having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends. … The reason social security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.”

If I had a dime for ...

Oh, Rick Santorum, you slay me. First you compare abortion to slavery, now abortion is responsible for current threats to Social Security. He said on a radio show yesterday in New Hampshire:

“The ...

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Sign the petition calling on the FDA to end restrictions on EC. Tell the FDA to stop stalling and expand over-the-counter access to EC to women of all ages. Sign the petition to say that contraception is prevention. Speak out to help ensure that comprehensive contraceptive care, including EC, is covered free of charge under the preventive care provision of health care reform.

There are a dozen other ways to spread the word, ...

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Trigger warning

CNN reports that Hena Akhter, a 14 year old girl who lived in the Shariatpur district of Bangladesh, was being harassed by her cousin Mahbub Khan, who was three times her age. Hena’s parents reported this to the village elders, who fined Khan but told Hena’s family to drop the matter. Months later, Hena’s cousin gagged and raped her. Khan’s wife found them and beat Hena. The next day the imam pronounced a fatwa: both were found guilty of adultery. Khan was sentenced to 201 lashes – he escaped shortly after the beating began.

Hena was sentenced to 101 lashes. She collapsed after 70 and died later in the hospital.

The initial autopsy pronounced her death a suicide. Following ...

Trigger warning

CNN reports that Hena Akhter, a 14 year old girl who lived in the Shariatpur district of Bangladesh, was being harassed by her cousin Mahbub Khan, who was three times her age. Hena’s parents reported ...

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From RH Reality Check comes word that Operation Rescue, the extreme anti-choice organization that leads protests against clinics that perform abortions, along with Maryland Coalition for Life, has rented the building across the street from Dr. ...

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Of course, this being a profile of an exceptionally talented female athlete, ...

At the height of my soccer career, I could juggle the ball 107 times in a row. Indi Armstrong Cowie, the 16 year-old-soccer star profiled in the recent New York Times Magazine, could ...

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