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I was asked if it was fair to say I liked to have a drink. That’s all I need to say on the matter.

-SWP member

The SWP recently had an allegation of rape. Their dispute committee conducted an ‘investigation’ in which questions about personal relationships and non-sequiturs like alcohol were asked. You can read more about the dispute and the SWP’s disgusting reaction to it in the transcript for disputes committee report.

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Denver Police Refuse to Test 44% of Rape Kits

Trigger Warning for Rape

Colorado police departments are collecting hundreds of rape kits, but a CALL7 Investigation found many of those are not tested. And experts and victims tell us that is a problem because those kits may allow police to identify serial rapists by putting any DNA into a national database.

Kelly Binder says she was drugged and raped two years ago by a man she met at a bar in downtown Denver. She is upset police didn’t test her rape kit because she is concerned her attacker could still be raping other people.

"He physically restrained me," Binder said.  "And while he was raping me, I said ‘No.  I don’t know you. I don’t want to do this.’"

Within hours of the assault, Binder contacted the Denver Police Department. The officer recommended she go to the hospital for a rape kit.

"You’re lying on this white sheet under these bright lights.  Every intimate part, they’re taking photographs, and pulling hair out of your head," Binder said.

She says the four-hour process felt like a second assault.

"The experience was just a nightmare," she said.

Her rape kit was given to police. But just a few weeks later, Binder says the DPD detective assigned to her case told her it would be too hard to prove that she didn’t give consent. She says the detective told her that her rape kit would not be tested to see if her attacker had raped anyone else.

"I was raped. This man raped me. And they did nothing, they did nothing at all," Binder said.

The CALL7 Investigators found hundreds of others rape kits remain on the shelf, untested. Since 2008, DPD has received 1,064 rape kits, but 44 percent of those kits have never been tested.

This is unacceptable and frankly disgusting. How can DPD let these assaults go without proper documentation? They are directly responsible for any recidivism in any of these assailants from here on out.

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As soon as I reached the OR, the staff began prepping me for surgery. I stated that I did NOT want a c-section. I demanded to see my husband and stated that IF I was to receive a c-section my DH & I would make that decision together. I was told that my husband was on his way. I was also told that my baby needed more oxygen & I was told to breathe deeply in a new mask because it had a better seal on my face (the oxygen I was breathing before was thru a smaller mask). The new mask wasn’t oxygen, I was gassed against my will. I am unaware of what was done to me from the time I was gassed up until I awoke in recovery. I am assuming that I only had a c-section. Any further details have not been shared with me.
Mother forced to undergo surgery during birth without complications against her consent.

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Just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminist.

And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.

Liz Trotta, explaining how women in the military should have ‘expected’ to be raped and that it’s really the feminists to blame.

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Being born a woman is an awful tragedy… Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars - to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording - all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night…
Sylvia Plath, on rape culture (via orcrist)

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dionthesocialist:

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dionthesocialist:

pearlsinmysoup replied to your post: I’m sorry, but if my choices are sing about rape or be poor all my life, I’m taking option #1.

Why can’t you just sing? I wish I could sing about rape and tell people how it hurts us all - men and women. Why would you use a talent to make thing worse? How rich are you when you promote the idea it’s okay to hurt those you love?

Haha, I’m sorry, but this sounds so privileged. “Why can’t they rap about happy things?” Because they ain’t seen happy shit they’re whole lives.

You’re excusing the use of rape as a tool of humor by a man, and you’re accusing other people of being blinded by privilege?!

You’re equating a work of art that includes rape references to a rape joke. They’re different things.

It is a piece of music that contains a joke about rape. Every reason that makes joking about rape immoral applies to his lyrics.

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dionthesocialist:

pearlsinmysoup replied to your post: I’m sorry, but if my choices are sing about rape or be poor all my life, I’m taking option #1.

Why can’t you just sing? I wish I could sing about rape and tell people how it hurts us all - men and women. Why would you use a talent to make thing worse? How rich are you when you promote the idea it’s okay to hurt those you love?

Haha, I’m sorry, but this sounds so privileged. “Why can’t they rap about happy things?” Because they ain’t seen happy shit they’re whole lives.

You’re excusing the use of rape as a tool of humor by a man, and you’re accusing other people of being blinded by privilege?!

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So in the DSK rape case, we’re supposed to believe that an African immigrant housekeeper suddenly decided to have sex with a wealthy white man 30 years her senior for 3 minutes on a bathroom floor in the middle of her work shift. To believe this story, you must know nothing about race, class, power and rape.
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Sex Positivity is Rape Culture in Disguise

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[Trigger Warning: Rape, Rape Culture discussed at link]

Or, in which I attempt to alienate all my followers.

Mostly it discusses ways in which rape culture and sex positivity intersect, especially for people who are less sexual then is normative, such as asexual people, gray-asexual people, people with sex related triggers, people with autism who get completely overwhelmed by sex, etc.

READ. THIS.

Please give this a shot before getting defensive over the title - it’s not about supporting sex shaming or sex negativity or anything of the sort, but about the issues of how mainstream sex positivity has manifested as a movement, issues which can’t just be written off as part of a “fake” sex positivity and ignored, similar to how the issues with mainstream feminism can’t be written off as “racist feminism” or “cissexist feminism” and ignored - there isn’t a fake movement and a real movement, and distancing yourself from the oppressive parts of your movement might make you feel better but they don’t make the movement as a whole any less harmful and oppressive.

Please, please read this post, it is so important.

"It logically follows from the idea that sex is a good thing that you’d want to encourage people to have more sex, and from there its only a short hop to telling people they must consent to sex they don’t want."

No, that doesn’t follow at all. Claiming that sex positivism is the same as insisting that sex be had without consent- that’s changing the definition and scope of sex positivism to the point where it is unrecognizable. The tag of the sex positive movement has long been “an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation”. Removing consent drastically changes that definition.

There is absolutely no connection between encouraging consensual sex and encouraging rape.

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Despite being raped twice by the same person, a 7th grade girl was blamed, demonized and punished by school officials

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Heartbreaking: 7th Grade Girl Raped Twice, Blamed and Punished By School Officials Both Times

The first time she was raped, school officials told her she was lying. They even demanded she write and hand-deliver an apology letter to her attacker.  Twisting the knife a little deeper,  the school expelled her for the rest of the year. The devastating sequence of events that followed suggests that school officials may actually have wanted the girl to have been attacked, or punished for speaking-out, once more  She was raped by the same boy in the library the following year. 

According to the Springfield News-Leader, the 7th grade special education student at Republic Middle School in Springfield, MO reported her rape in the spring of 2009. School officials refused to believe her, and after suffering through “multiple intimidating interrogations,” she recanted the claim.  What’s more, a school psychologist’s report said the girl “would forego her own needs and wishes to satisfy the request of others around so that she can be accepted.” In other words, the already victimized twelve-year-old might have taken back her statement after school officials demonized her for being raped.

When she returned to school the following year, the school refused her mother’s request for extra monitoring and did not separate her from her rapist who, thanks to the apology letter, knew she had told. If the school wanted the girl to be victimized a third time, they got their wish. In February 2010, the lawsuit says her attacker “was able to hunt [her] down, drag her to the back of the school library, and again forcibly rape her.” This time, she and her mother reported the rape to the police, and a rape kit tested positive for her attacker’s semen. He plead guilty to charges in juvenile court. 

The school’s next move made it clear that it was not lack of evidence fueling officials’ accusation that she was lying, but a deep-seeded hatred for women: Incredibly, the twelve-year-old rape victim was suspended for for “Disrespectful Conduct” and “Public Display of Affection” - two absolutely disgusting ways to categorize rape. The school had victimized the girl a fourth time, slut-shaming a rape victim for an attack that happened on school property, and one her mother sought to prevent by requesting their separation.

Her lawsuit requests damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees, in addition to “punitive damages to deter School Officials and others from similar conduct in the future.”

But the school district denied every one of the girl’s allegations, as well as responsibility for the attack,  the same way they denied her rape.

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