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In the News (Feb. 8, 2014- Feb. 21, 2014)

This is two weeks of “In the News…”

Ann Friedan on why she believes Dylan Farrow, and also why who you believe might depend on whose story you recognize. Also, sometimes children who are surviving sexual assault are believed by the authorities.

Who thought it would be a good idea to name a drink after a systematic act of sexual assault? Or to make a joke on a sandwich board outside a restaurant about chloroform? This is rape culture.

Is educating people about acting – instead of being a passive witness — if they see a potential sexual assault going to make a difference in people’s behaviors?

Why do so many people graduate high school thinking rape is funny?

Dear Montana, what’s going on? The mother of a 5-year-old sexual assault victim allegedly told by the prosecuting attorney, “boys will be boys.”

A 17-year-old boy receives a 26 year prison sentence for his part in the aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

House of Cards doesn’t stay within the common TV troupes of either sexuality or surviving sexual assault (or coming to terms with someone you love being a survivor), and that’s a good thing.

Want to learn about how rape played a role in the Civil War? There’s a book for that.

Comments surrounding former NFL player Darren Sharper bring to light more (wrong) ideas about who rapes, and who doesn’t.

Despite books like Alissa Nutting’s Tampa attempting to shed light onto why a teacher might decide to prey upon a student – and the damages this can cause: Teachers having sex with (or sexually assaulting) students still isn’t okay.Tampa

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