A FORCE to End Rape Culture

If you haven’t heard of the group FORCE, you are about to hear a lot more about them. In December 2012 they gained notice for their ingeniously timed mock Victoria’s Secret ‘Pink Loves Consent’ campaign during the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which raised awareness about the importance of consensual sex. As a result, the campaign went viral.

Now FORCE has started a new multi-year campaign called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. As part of this campaign the group is raising money for various projects including The Monument Project on Kickstarter. Their goal is to raise $25,000 to create a highly visible …read more

Overcoming the Prison Epidemic

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Baltimore City detention center has made headlines after a scandal revealed the inmates were running the show and had been employing guards to smuggle in cell phones, food and drugs. Mother Jones recently produced a list of the top 10 worst prisons and the horrors that occur within their walls. In Louisiana, one in 86 adults is in prison. After release, ex-offenders are 38 times more likely to be unemployed than non-offenders.

Violence in prisons is nothing new; any TV show from OZ to The Wire will tell you that. In 2003, Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act, …read more

Media Missteps in Steubenville

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There is a lot to be disappointed about when it comes to the Steubenville rape case. I think it goes without saying that the actions of the perpetrators that resulted in this trial were abhorrent, as well as the inaction of so many witnesses to their crime.

Post-conviction, the disappointment seems to be continuing, if not growing. The peanut gallery of professional and amateur commentators in the media and on social media who have openly attacked, showed careless regard for her privacy, or indirectly blamed the victim for the fall of her perpetrators is truly revolting. …read more