→ Madison County School Board: Sparkman Middle School Rape Bait Incident of 2010, Fire Jeanne Dunaway and Ronnie Blair and launch legal and criminal investigation of SChool Administration

middlemarching:

middlemarching:

eldanildiel:

elfgrove:

eldanildiel:

middlemarching:

making a separate post for the Change.Org petition because I’m not sure my addition to my original post is going to reach everyone

My two daughters are currently zoned to attend this school, so it’s especially important to me that this issue gets the attention and the corrective action it deserves.

Oh no. I don’t want your girls anywhere near a school run this way. Please tell me the locals are raising hell with the school board and city council?

People are starting to, but the fact that this happened in 2010 and this is the first media coverage of it that I’ve seen scares the crap out of me. If they successfully swept this under the rug for 4 years, what else are they ignoring or downplaying? In a middle school!

In the original news article I linked to, it states explicitly that this is not the first time that Sparkman has used selective language in its incident reports. It doesn’t go into detail about just what information was fudged, but the fact that we know for certain that they have covered shit up before makes me feel sick to my stomach.

y’all there are only 59 signatures on this petition :/ We need 9,941 more. Please, please, please spread this.

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1 week ago (via)

9/20/14
10:51
#child abuse #rape #ableism

stars-like-little-fish:

newmiu:

useless-worthless-nobody:

intoxifaded:

Save this to your phones or computer and post it on other websites like twitter too!

Why would you NOT reblog this?

so impt

My friend did 7 of the above things that mean ‘no’ and her rapists still got away with it.

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1 month ago (via)

8/13/14
11:17
#rape-culture #rape #consent

ohcastielmycastiel:

tyleroakley:

random-clarity:

theoddoneouut:

ellosteph:

A game of Never Have I Ever that takes a twist, and will leave you with chills at the end. 

that is not what i expected, woah

I thought this would be fun, but I got bitch slapped with life

watch and learn

jesus

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2 months ago (via)

7/16/14
3:11
#rape #rape culture #scopophobia #youtube #video

prokopetz:

prokopetz:

Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

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4 months ago (via)

5/22/14
3:33
#rape #rape apology #rape culture

red3blog:

* Men who don’t respect consent don’t have a special right to keep that private.

* Men who threaten violence against women don’t have a special right to keep that private.

* Men who disregard a woman’s sexual agency to objectify her don’t have a special right to keep that private.

* Men who abuse women don’t have a special right to keep that private.

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5 months ago (via)

4/24/14
10:52
#rape #sexual assault #sexual abuse

hoodethicist:

Shit is fucking sickening

(Source: energy53)

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5 months ago (via)

4/17/14
8:28
#rape #rape culture #pregnancy mention/

gutterprince:

This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life.

(Source: bonitabreezy)

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6 months ago (via)

3/30/14
1:39
#rape #rape culture

anogoodrabblerouser:

The odds of being attacked by a shark in the US are 1 in 11,500,000, but no one gets mad at people who want to avoid the ocean.

The odds of a woman being sexually assaulted in her lifetime are 1 in 6, but if she doesn’t feel safe around strange men she’s a stereotyping bitch.

Strange old world we live in.

(Source: lettuceiscurrentlyinmyasshole)

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6 months ago (via)

3/20/14
6:03
#sexual assault #shark #victim blaming #gendered slurs #abuse #rape #rape-culture

→ 5 Things More Likely To Happen To You Than Being Falsely Accused Of Rape

pandoradeloeste:

casey-lawrence:

brutereason:

A man is 631 times more likely to become an NFL player than to be falsely accused of rape.

"We end on a serious note. Because 1 in 33 men will be raped in his lifetime, men are 82,000x more likely to be raped than falsely accused of rape. It seems many of us would do well to pay more attention to how rape culture affects us all than be paranoid about false accusers.”

that last paragraph

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6 months ago (via)

3/18/14
8:53
#rape culture #rape

abcdefg8en:

for those wondering what’s going on in the youtube community at the moment, regarding sexual assault and several high profile male youtubers, here is a very brief summary of events:

- eddplant admitted he was in an 8 month long, sexual relationship with a fan where he was extremely manipulative and emotionally abusive. the post can be found here and should be avoided by anyone triggered by sexual assult)
- a while back, tom milsom had a relationship with a girl called olga, a fan. their relationship was sort of public on tumblr but fairly discreet otherwise. it’s recently come to light that tom milsom was rather abusive during the relationship. olga wrote a post (tw: sexual abuse, emotional abuse etc.) in which she talks, rather frankly, about this relationship and the abuse she suffered.
- hank green made this post about the situation. tom milsom’s products were removed from the dftba store as a result.
- three accusations against alex day were made (here, here and here), with varying levels of severity. again, TRIGGER WARNING.
- alex day responded to this with a post here, stating that “at no point in my life have I ever had a sexual relationship with someone under the age of consent” and “at no point in my life have I ever undertaken any romantic activity, sexual or otherwise, without being sure the other person wanted it”.
- in response to the second quote, and alex’s post in general, lex croucher made this post stating that she disagreed with alex’s statement based on her personal experience.

obviously, all of the posts directly concern issues of consent, sexual assault, rape culture etc. so be careful if you’re triggered by that kind of stuff. repeat, all the shit in this post is triggering.

also, for all those immediately dismissing the claims of potential victims because the abuser is a famous youtuber: stop what you’re doing, like right now. it’s really important that you treat accusations like this with respect, especially when the victim is making the accusation against a subscriber base like alex day’s.

oh, also, eddplant’s family’s address ended up getting released publicly as a result of this, i think. his actions are not an excuse to harass his family.

(Source: valiumd)

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6 months ago (via)

3/14/14
8:48
#rape #rape culture #sexual assault #consent #victim blaming #good to know Hank has at least said One Thing #we'll see where this shit goes

(Source: marfmellow)

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6 months ago (via)

3/8/14
1:35
#rape culture #rape #sexual harassment

lifehackprofessional:

wasdplz:

drtanner-sfw:

newvagabond:

HEY IMPORTANT THING. I just got this email: 

BIG NEWS: President Obama just announced that he is taking major action against sexual assault by creating a presidential task force to fight rape on college campuses.1

Having the President on our side is huge at a moment when sexual assault on college campuses has reached an epidemic level. Right now, 1 in 5 women will be assaulted or raped during college.2

For over a year now, the UltraViolet community—that’s you!—has been taking action together to tackle rape culture and stand up for survivors. Together with our allies, we’ve helped bring the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses into the spotlight and called on the Administration to address it.

That’s why the White House wants to know what solutions YOU want to see. As an advocate who has spoken out for survivors before, your input is valuable. This is a major opportunity to be heard by the President and White House.

Can you take 3 minutes to fill out a short, easy survey about what you think the Presidential Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault should do? We’ll deliver your response to the White House next week.

Presidential commissions have a mixed record—some have faded into historical footnotes, while others have changed the course of our country’s history. For example, President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS task force led to increased funding for drug trials and an end to federal discrimination against those who are HIV-positive.3

We know that searches for solutions to sexual assault and rape can end up victim-blaming instead of holding attackers accountable. It’s why we’re bombarded by media figures that blame alcohol, twerking, and teenage naivete for rape instead of the rapists.4 And just last year, campus after campus—from Yale to USC—was called out for mishandling rape cases.5

When colleges don’t take rape accusations seriously, it discourages survivors from reporting. Only 12% of survivors report the assault, and it’s more often the survivors rather than their attackers who drop out of school.6

A federal task force will create uniform guidelines that colleges should follow to stop sexual assault and punish rapists. Data and research is helpful, but input from citizens who care and know about the problem is critical to finding the right solutions.

Last year, Ultraviolet members spoke out and demanded the Department of Education start holding campuses accountable for failing to uphold Title IX—the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in education, including sexual assault. From Steubenville, Ohio, and Maryville, Missouri, to Yale University, you’ve spoken out time and again to demand justice for survivors who have been swept aside by school authorities, law enforcement, and their communities. Now the President himself is demanding more be done, and he wants to hear from you.

Take 3 minutes to let the White House know what you want the student sexual assault task force to work on.

Thanks for speaking out.

—Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team

This is super big! 

Share any stories, even from friends or even if you haven’t actually been assaulted. Like I was actually stalked by and sent very vulgar and graphic messages from a male classmate more than twice my age when I was in college, and the school did nothing to protect me other than tell the man to stop talking to me, and it was the third time he’d done that to female classmates. I literally had to have someone chaperone me to and from my car because I was so scared of this guy.

HOLY SHIT, SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING IN AMERICA!?

SIGNAL BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS.

Please do this. It’s super quick.

(fixed the link, because it was one that was signed in under someone else’s name)

Important enough that I want reblog on here. 

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7 months ago (via)

3/4/14
11:20
#rape #rape culture #petition #important #signal boost

“[TW: Rape] According to statistics from the United States Department of Justice, for every white woman who reports a rape, there are at least five black women who are raped but do not report it. For every black woman who reports her rape, at least 15 black women’s sexual assaults go unreported.”
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7 months ago (via)

2/27/14
9:42
#misogynoir #racism #rape #rape culture #sigh

“To Alyssa Royse, a sex and relationships blogger, for saying that she hated The Dark Knight: “you are clearly retarded, i hope someone shoots then rapes you.” To Kathy Sierra, a technology writer, for blogging about software, coding, and design: “i hope someone slits your throat and cums down your gob.” To Lindy West, a writer at the women’s website Jezebel, for critiquing a comedian’s rape joke: “I just want to rape her with a traffic cone.” To Rebecca Watson, an atheist commentator, for blogging about sexism in the skeptic community: “If I lived in Boston I’d put a bullet in your brain.” To Catherine Mayer, a journalist at Time magazine, for no particular reason: “A BOMB HAS BEEN PLACED OUTSIDE YOUR HOME. IT WILL GO OFF AT EXACTLY 10:47 PM ON A TIMER AND TRIGGER DESTROYING EVERYTHING.””

Amanda Hess, Pacific Standard. Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.

Find time. Read this:

But no matter how hard we attempt to ignore it, this type of gendered harassment — and the sheer volume of it — has severe implications for women’s status on the Internet. Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower our emotional bandwidth, take up our time, and cost us money through legal fees, online protection services, and missed wages. I’ve spent countless hours over the past four years logging the online activity of one particularly committed cyberstalker, just in case. And as the Internet becomes increasingly central to the human experience, the ability of women to live and work freely online will be shaped, and too often limited, by the technology companies that host these threats, the constellation of local and federal law enforcement officers who investigate them, and the popular commentators who dismiss them—all arenas that remain dominated by men, many of whom have little personal understanding of what women face online every day.

Take, for example, the case of Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing:

When rape and death threats first started pouring into her inbox, she vacated her apartment for a week, changed her bank accounts, and got a new cell number. When the next wave of threats came, she got in touch with law enforcement officials, who warned her that though the men emailing her were unlikely to follow through on their threats, the level of vitriol indicated that she should be vigilant for a far less identifiable threat: silent “hunters” who lurk behind the tweeting “hollerers.” The FBI advised Valenti to leave her home until the threats blew over, to never walk outside of her apartment alone, and to keep aware of any cars or men who might show up repeatedly outside her door. “It was totally impossible advice,” she says. “You have to be paranoid about everything. You can’t just not be in a public place.”

Along with the psychological, emotional and professional toll such trolling takes, Hess’ article also explores the role technology platforms (could) play in alleviating abuse, law enforcement issues around cyberstalking, the sociology of online and offline spaces and much much more.

(via futurejournalismproject)

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7 months ago (via)

2/25/14
7:25
#long post #misogyny #online harassment #sexual harassment #death threats #rape

When I was seventeen and preparing to leave for university, my mother’s only brother saw fit to give me some advice.
“Just don’t be an idiot, kid,” he told me, “and don’t ever forget that boys and girls can never just be friends.”
I laughed and answered, “I’m not too worried. And I don’t really think all guys are like that.”

When I was eighteen and the third annual advent of the common cold was rolling through residence like a pestilent fog, a friend texted me asking if there was anything he could do to help.
I told him that if he could bring me up some vitamin water that would be great, if it wasn’t too much trouble.
That semester I learned that human skin cells replace themselves every three to five weeks. I hoped that in a month, maybe I’d stop feeling the echoes of his touch; maybe my new skin would feel cleaner.
It didn’t. But I stood by what I said. Not all guys are like that.

When I was nineteen and my roommate decided the only way to celebrate the end of midterms was to get wasted at a club, I humoured her.
Four drinks, countless leers and five hands up my skirt later, I informed her I was ready to leave.
“I get why you’re upset,” she told me on the walk home, “but you have to tolerate that sort of thing if you want to have any fun. And really, not all guys are like that.”

(Age nineteen also saw me propositioned for casual sex by no fewer than three different male friends, and while I still believe that guys and girls can indeed be just friends, I was beginning to see my uncle’s point.)

When I was twenty and a stranger that started chatting to me in my usual cafe asked if he could walk with me (since we were going the same way and all), I accepted.
Before we’d even made it three blocks he was pulling me into an alleyway and trying to put his hands up my shirt. “You were staring,” he laughed when I asked what the fuck he was doing (I wasn’t), “I’m just taking pity.”
But not all guys are like that.

I am twenty one and a few days ago a friend and I were walking down the street. A car drove by with the windows down, and a young man stuck his head out and whistled as they passed. I ignored it, carrying on with the conversation.
My friend did not. “Did you know those people?” He asked.
“Not at all,” I answered.
Later when we sat down to eat he got this thoughtful look on his face. When I asked what was wrong he said, “You know not all guys do that kind of thing, right? We’re not all like that.”
As if he were imparting some great profound truth I’d never realized before. My entire life has been turned around, because now I’ve been enlightened: not all guys are like that.

No. Not all guys are. But enough are. Enough that I am uncomfortable when a man sits next to me on the bus. Enough that I will cross to the other side of the street if I see a pack of guys coming my way. Enough that even fleeting eye contact with a male stranger makes my insides crawl with unease. Enough that I cannot feel safe alone in a room with some of my male friends, even ones I’ve known for years. Enough that when I go out past dark for chips or milk or toilet paper, I carry a knife, I wear a coat that obscures my figure, I mimic a man’s gait. Enough that three years later I keep the story of that day to myself, when the only thing that saved me from being raped was a right hook to the jaw and a threat to scream in a crowded dorm, because I know what the response will be.

I live my life with the everburning anxiety that someone is going to put their hands on me regardless of my feelings on the matter, and I’m not going to be able to stop them. I live with the knowledge that statistically one in three women have experienced a sexual assault, but even a number like that can’t be trusted when we are harassed into silence. I live with the learned instinct, the ingrained compulsion to keep my mouth shut to jeers and catcalls, to swallow my anger at lewd suggestions and crude gestures, to put up my walls against insults and threats. I live in an environment that necessitates armouring myself against it just to get through a day peacefully, and I now view that as normal. I have adapted to extreme circumstances and am told to treat it as baseline. I carry this fear close to my heart, rooted into my bones, and I do so to keep myself unharmed.

So you can tell me that not all guys are like that, and you’d even be right, but that isn’t the issue anymore. My problem is not that I’m unaware of the fact that some guys are perfectly civil, decent, kind—my problem is simply this:

In a world where this cynical overcaution is the only thing that ensures my safety, I’m no longer willing to take the risk.

r.d. (via vonmoire)

(Source: elferinge)

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7 months ago (via)

2/25/14
1:36
#long post #rape #rape-culture #sexual assault #privilege #oppression