“It Happens” Photo Series Challenges the Stereotypes Associated with Sexual Assault

By Olivia Heersink

(Trigger warning: the following post contains images and dialogue related to sexual assault.)

From the innocence of adolescence through adulthood, women in our society are internalizing fear and silence. Most women begin their preparations for sexual assault at a young age, and are well-versed in the precautions they must take before they reach adulthood. In fact, avoiding being raped is an epidemic for women in our society. On average, there are 288,820 victims of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, alone.

We teach women how not to be raped rather than teaching men about consent, respect, and mutual sexual expression. Not surprisingly, this strategy is ineffective at best. Every two minutes another American is sexually assaulted.

Sex crimes are unique because they are extremely private yet prevalent. Every sexual assault is unique to the victim; yet so many women, and sometimes men, have had similar experiences. Falling victim to a sex crime is an experience that makes the victim feel ashamed of something that happened to their own body.

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The (Not So Honorable) Honor Code

Universities should have the right to implement their own forms of rules, guidelines, and punishments. If it is a religious-based school then they should have the opportunity to operate under religious constitutions and freedoms. If students sign this contract or attend this university, than they are aware of what they are agreeing to. Seems pretty straightforward and reasonable, right?
Well, unfortunately, this honor code can cause a mess of problems when it comes to unforeseen “consequences” of breaking this honor code. Although I am sure there are many such consequences of this, the one that’s causing the most headlines is rape.

Brigham Young University is currently under fire for its honor code and its lack of 572a8a74091d3.imageintervention for rape victims. Multiple students have come forward saying that when they went to the school about rape allegations, they were threatened with suspension or expulsion for violating the honor code.  Sophomore Madi Barny, who ended up drafting a petition to protest the honor code at Brigham Young University, is one of these many victims. One of her arguments is that the logic of the honor code says that if a victim hadn’t been drinking, hadn’t been in a male’s dorm room, or hadn’t been engaging in other sexual activities, perhaps the rape wouldn’t have occurred. Needless to say, I was horrified when I heard about these cases.
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Rape IS a hate crime

By Tess Fox

The story continues. No, I’m not talking about the continuation of Star Wars. I’m referencing the continuing saga of Kesha’s mistreatment by the broken U.S. legal system.

If you missed the beginning of Kesha’s legal fight, you should read more about it.

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The singer Kesha, formerly known at Ke$ha

On April 6, the judge presiding over her rape case against her producer dismissed it. The statute of limitations had run out on the events she included in her lawsuit. The judge also believed that the charges involving hate crimes could not stand, adding an interesting comment: “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Okay. Let’s all take a deep breath and try to be calm. I’m struggling with this statement too, it’s alright.

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And the Oscar goes to– changing the awards show status quo

By Madison TeuscherChris Rock holds an Oscar award on a poster with text reading "We all dream in gold".

The most highly sought-after recognition an actor, director, editor, or film musician can achieve is an Oscar. The 88th annual Academy Awards were certainly more subversive than in past years—but, truthfully, this is a welcome change.

Throughout the evening, there were many direct statements about social change, from Leonardo DiCaprio’s comments on the issue of climate change, Kevin Hart’s remarks on diversity, Chris Rock’s monologue about racism in Hollywood, and Lady Gaga’s performance about sexual assault. Continue reading “And the Oscar goes to– changing the awards show status quo”

Black Women Find a Voice

By Tess Fox

This story may contain triggers for survivors of sexual assault or rape.

“The saddest fact I’ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody.” – Jim DeRogatis

Between Sandra Bland, whose mysterious suicide following a traffice violation resulted in protests, and the countless young women who have been victimized by R. Kelly, it is clear that society does not view black women as a priority. But there is a possibility that’s changing.

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Sandra Bland

Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer with Oklahoma City Police, was sentenced in January to 263 years for the rape and sexual assault of 13 women while he was on duty.

Holtzclaw preyed on women who lived in high-crime areas with rap sheets and a fear of police. Some were convicted felons, sex workers, drug abusers with histories of lying to the police. He used the police database to find women who would be considered unreliable witnesses and would be afraid to report him.

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Losing my Vagina Monologues V-Card

By Madison Griffin 

The UI Women's Center presents The Vagina Monologues

As the Vagina Monologues celebrates its 20th birthday in 2016, many people are asking—is the play still relevant to women today?

The Women’s Center at the University of Idaho will be performing its 14th annual production of the Vagina Monologues this year. The show caps off our Body Positive Week—running from Thursday through Saturday at the Kenworthy Theater downtown. Tickets can be purchased at the door or (for a little less) in advance at the Women’s Center or at Eclectica—in the Safari Pearl Comic Shop on 3rd and Jefferson. The money raised from ticket purchases will go to benefit Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, which works to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Latah and Whitman Counties.

Check out the show February 18th-20th at 7 pm.

Whether you’re a “Vagina Monologues-Virgin” like myself, or a Vagina Monologues-Veteran, the show still has something to offer. It acts as a rite of passage for many women in college, it benefits a local nonprofit, it brings awareness to the worldwide problem of sexual violence, and it unites women globally through campaigns such as One Billion Rising.

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Porn Taught Me Everything I Know About Sex

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Yup, you read the title right. I’ve learned everything there is to know about sex because of porn… just like everybody else.

Pornography has become a teacher in today’s society, thanks to the internet and the increasing use of the “sex sells” attitude within the media. But are we learning the right things from porn?

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