After a battle in Congress over reauthorization, the updated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama this afternoon. Originally passed in 1994, VAWA helps fund programs aimed at preventing and prosecuting sex crimes against women and intimate partner violence. More
Topic: sexual violence
When we see domestic violence and rape statistics, we are almost always shown them in groups divided by gender, income, age or race. These are all important factors to look at, as they can be extremely telling about which people are being targeted more than others. However, it’s rare that people talk about sexual orientation when it comes to rape, possibly because sexual assault has so little to do with orientation (since it’s a crime of power, not sex). In the first nationwide one its kind, a study by the CDC has been released examining the links between sexuality and sexual violence. More
Well, this is disturbing: A recent study coming out in the British Journal of Psychology found it’s hard to distinguish between descriptions of women found in popular men’s magazines and those spouted by convicted rapists asked to explain their acts. For anyone who doesn’t understand what the term ‘rape culture’ means—well, this is a pretty fine example. More
By now you’ve heard about the hot water Amazon.com is in over this new self-published e-book: The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-lover’s Code of Conduct by Phillip R. Greaves II. During the initial onslaught of criticism and frenzied demands to remove the book from the online seller, Amazon resisted, saying that while they don’t condone criminal activity, they do support their customers’ rights to make their own purchasing decisions. And they also don’t support censorship. But late last night, after online shoppers took to Facebook and Twitter to organize a global boycott, Amazon caved to pressure and pulled the book from its Kindle shop.
We certainly don’t support pedophilia or any other type of criminal activity. But we’re not big fans of censorship, either.
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