Tag Archives: Steubenville

The perils of representing rape

TweetLast week, Rehtaeh Parsons died from injuries sustained when she hanged herself in her bathroom. A year and a half earlier she had been gang-raped, images from the assault had been circulated, and she’d been ceaselessly harassed. A few days later the police arrested three teens for raping and then distributing photos of Audrie Pott, [...]
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Quick Hit: How to not be Trent Mays

TweetOne of the strangest things I encounter in anti-violence work is the number of people (usually young men) who are desperately afraid that, if we start really cracking down on rape, they will end up in jail. Their concern doesn’t seem to be that they’ve already raped someone, but that they might in the future [...]
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Steubenville teens are found guilty but rape culture remains alive and well

Tweet*Trigger warning* Yesterday, the verdict was handed down in the Steubenville rape case. The defendants, Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, were found guilty. Mays will serve at least two years in the state juvenile system; Richmond was sentenced to at least one year. And the attorney general may also bring charges against others who turned a blind eye [...]
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Steubenville text messages and the confusion over consent

TweetI was on Democracy Now! this morning to talk about rape culture, Steubenville, and consent. Check out the segment below. The first two days of testimony in the Steubenville rape trial are proof positive that we need to teach young people about consent. The testimony about the text messages the defendants sent and received that [...]
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Weekly Feminist GIF

TweetWHEN A DEFENSE ATTORNEY TRIES TO ARGUE THAT AN UNCONSCIOUS RAPE VICTIM CONSENTED BECAUSE “SHE DIDN’T AFFIRMATIVELY SAY NO.” Tweet
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