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Freedom from Sexual Violence

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In the News (Dec. 7, 2013- Dec. 13, 2013)

Michigan legislators have passed what some new outlets are calling “rape insurance” – a law regulating that women need separate riders on their insurance plans for abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. At The Nation, Jessica Valenti discusses why this terminology is problematic (the short version: the legislation hurts all women).

A Michigan state representative revealed that as a woman, a survivor, and the mother of two girls, she found the debate around abortion insurance troubling. This was the first time she’d spoken publicly about her rape during college.Michigan

In Montana, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 75 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl in October 2012. The boy has a history of assault, but it’s interesting that this boy gets 75 years, but a teacher who raped a student (initially) only got 30 days.

A woman in Minnesota was scrubbed with bleach after being raped by a man impersonating a police detective.

A bill that includes many provisions for the safety and security of troops, including two dozen provisions that deal with sexual assault in the military, was passed by the House and has moved on to the Senate. While a lot of the coverage of this problem has dealt with female survivors, here you can watch a short video of men recounting their experiences with sexual assault while serving in the military.

This photographer is taking pictures of survivors of rape and sexual assault, in “symbolic landscapes.” However, the pictures featured in this article suggest that rape and sexual assault only happen outside of the home.

In Wisconsin, a man was sentenced to 145 years for sexually assaulting six children.

UConn is now under federal investigation for the way it handled cases of sexual assault. Uconn Husky

Tomorrow, the Heisman is awarded. Today, Jameis Winston’s accuser plans to make a statement through her attorney.

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