Posts Tagged ‘rape’

I’ve been reading

February 4, 2010

Jezebel: Guys Who Grope

In Canada: Time to End Pelvic Exams Without Consent (*& Performed on unconscious patients) I can’t believe this was ever allowed.

A Study on Fibromyalgia & Trauma/Victimization



February 3, 2010

Sexual Assault AwarenessIf you are a victim and/or survivor of sexual assault, you are far from alone.  I wanted to share what resources I could and hope that this list will grow and possibly help someone out there.



“The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at, and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.”

RAINN also hosts a confidential, volunteer run, online chat hotline which I can recommend first hand.

Pandora’s Project

“Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.”

After Silence

After Silence is designed to help victims become survivors, and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Our mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of our organization is a support group, message board, and chat room where victims and survivors come together online in a mutually supportive and safe environment.

Information on PTSD via WebMD

“PTSD was first brought to the attention of the medical community by war veterans, hence the names shell shock and battle fatigue syndrome. However, PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. People who have been abused as children or who have been repeatedly exposed to life-threatening situations are at greater risk for developing PTSD. Victims of trauma related to physical and sexual assault face the greatest risk for PTSD.”

For “Secondary Survivors”: It’s Your Duty to Respond Well to Your Friend’s Sexual Assault Disclosure

I intend to keep a link to this post docked in the future and to update it as I find more resources. (Feel free to post your suggestions as well.)

Reading Recommendations and Updates

December 28, 2009

Roman Polanski sent heartfelt thanks to his supporters.  What a hard time he must be having in his chalet.  Anyone else disgusted by the amount of sympathy a man who raped and sodomized a 13 year old girl is receiving? (Oh, but he’s an artist, and rich, so it’s okay.)

Melissa McEwin on the progress of same-sex marriage rights

El Cerrito School On Edge After Alleged Rape  A principal continues to defend her school. In the past she has claimed there was no rape (in which a boy trapped a girl in a stairwell and assaulted her), and other administrators have spoken against the victim.  Many defend the school, but this isn’t about an attack on the school. It’s about protecting children, so however “good” the school is it needs to be better, and in no case should school officials be engaging in victim blaming like this, thus inviting the rest of the community to do so.

Why is it that alleged sexual assaults are always spoken about with such speculation? He couldn’t have done that.  If you knew the sort of girl she was… I don’t think it was “rape-rape” and so on…

It’s your duty to respond well to your friend’s sexual assault disclosure (From feministing community)


December 4, 2009

I’ve been short on words and overwhelmed with work the last few weeks, but here are a few more links to share as I’m still doing a lot of reading:

Sainsbury’s shopworker refuses to sell pregnant woman Cheddar cheese

This one is just ridiculous.  Since when are grocers and deli workers health experts?  And since when do they have the right to pry because they have visually detected a woman is pregnant? Especially when they don’t even know what they are talking about…I understand the worker may have had good intentions, but she had no right to go on patronizing the customer and making her vow not to eat the cheese if she was “allowed” to purchase it.

“Ask Amy” Doles Out Some Terrible Rape-Related Advice

This one makes me ill and the “Ask Amy” response is full of the same old victim blaming seen every day, now complete with even more “credibility.”

Self Explanatory

November 13, 2009

Watch Jon Stewart tackle the guys who voted against the Franken amendment (all Republicans) and who are more interested in protecting Halliburton than rape victims.  Stewart says it all.