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Amber Heard Addresses J.K. Rowling’s Defense of Johnny Depp’s Fantastic Beasts Casting

So long as we're picking out individual lines and quoting them out of context, there's another sentence I'd like to focus on.

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J.K. Rowling Releases Statement on Depp’s Casting: “Conscience Isn’t Governable by Committee”

"The huge, mutually supportive community that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the greatest joys of my life. For me personally, the inability to speak openly to fans about this issue has been difficult, frustrating and at times painful."

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R. Kelly’s Victim Speaks Out on Years of Abuse

For years it has been very much and open secret that R. Kelly is a sexual predator and it has been turned into a joke. From the Dave Chappelle’s “Piss on You” skit to The Boondocks episode “Trail of R. Kelly” there has been a serious lack of consequences about how R.Kelly has spent his adult life preying on adolescents girls. Now, in a Rolling Stone’s article “Surviving R. Kelly” Kitti Jones, a former girlfriend of R.Kelly is telling her story about abuse at the hands of the R&B idol.

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Women Are Having to Drop Domestic Abuse Cases for Fear of Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

How does this protect anyone?

ICE is preying on women's vulnerability in the most heartless ways.

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Things We Saw Today: YouTube Series Shows How Cabaret Used Music to Warn Against Fascism

The awesome installment of Musical Hell's "Know the Score" series after the jump shows us how chillingly relevant the musical Cabaret still is, considering our current political climate. If you've ever wondered why art is so important, wonder no more.

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Feminism Around the World: Canadian Burlesque Dancer Tracks Down Fat-Shaming Internet Troll…a 15-Year-Old Boy

Jessica Davey-Quantick is a Canadian burlesque dancer who has a prolific Instagram. Now, it's already kind of a big deal for a woman to be online at all with, you know, a life or opinions, as evidenced by the trolls many of us suffer on a daily basis. Layer on top of that the identity of "burlesque performer," and you bring out all the specifically appearance-focused and/or "morality" focused sexism. Add the fact that the burlesque dancer in question is fat? You've hit the trifecta.

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Feminism Around the World: French Woman Pardoned After Having Killed Abusive Husband

One day in 2012, Jacqueline Sauvage's husband woke her from a nap by hitting her in the face, then demanding that she make him dinner. Instead, she got their hunting rifle and shot him dead. In 2014, she was charged with murder, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Yesterday, French President François Hollande pardoned Sauvage.

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Feminism Around the World: #NiUnaMenos Protest in Argentina Highlights Epidemic of Violence Against Women

Every 30 hours, a woman is killed in Argentina, and according to The Guardian, of the Top Ten countries for femicide, seven are in Latin America.

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Surviving Compton Trailer Puts Dr. Dre’s Domestic Abuse at the Forefront

Straight Outta Compton chronicled NWA’s tumultuous rise to the top, but the film also glossed over a key element during that time: Dr. Dre’s abuse of former fiancée Michel’le Toussaint.

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On Domestic Abuse, Lindsay Lohan, and the “Perfect Victim/Survivor” Myth

About a week or so ago, a violent fight between Lindsay Lohan and her ex-fiancé Egor Tarabasov got captured on camera, with the footage making the rounds on social networks.

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Media Response to Amber Heard’s Allegations of Abuse Reveals Staggering Biphobia

Last week, Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp. On Friday, the news broke that Heard had also filed a restraining order against her soon-to-be-ex-husband, alleging domestic abuse. Outlets like The Daily Mail and The Sun wasted no time reporting on the case, and Heard's allegations also received play in mainstream media outlets that don't always focus so intensely on celebrity news.

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Zoe Quinn Explains Her Decision to Drop Her Charges Against Her Ex

It's been a year and a half of constant misogynist abuse - from people she knows and people she doesn't know - and Zoe Quinn is tired.

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#OneHitMeansOut Calls for the NFL to Stop Tolerating Domestic Abuse

Mildly NSFW

This PSA from Made By Woman Media titled "Topless Women Talk NFL" calls for the NFL to stop tolerating domestic violence.

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Comedian Beth Stelling Reveals Abusive Relationship, “It’s Not Simple”

"I ask you to have the courage to listen and accept it, because I’m trying."

Comedian Beth Stelling posted a series of photos on Instagram on Monday, revealing the details of a verbally, physically, and sexually abusive relationship she's been in the past year.

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Chris Brown’s Controversial Daily Show Appearance Cancelled

Brown's scheduled visit had understandably "caused some controversy" among staff at the Comedy Central show.

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Steve Harvey Talks to Lorena Bobbitt, Woman Who Cut off Husband’s Penis; Makes It About Him

Steve Harvey had a "Where Are They Now? Lovers Who Lost It" segment on his show, where he spoke to Lorena Bobbitt who gained notoriety in the '90s for cutting off her husband's penis.

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“Not a Victim, But a Victor” — Roc Upchurch’s Wife Speaks Out Against Abuse, Silencing

John "Roc" Upchurch, formerly the artist for Rat Queens, has quietly returned to the comic book world; he first went on hiatus following his arrest for domestic abuse a year ago. Upchurch's wife, who has asked us to refer to her as "Reese U." in this piece, reached out to The Mary Sue, as well as several other media outlets, to share her thoughts about what's happened since John Upchurch began his comics career again in earnest.

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#ThatsNotLove Campaign Shows How Abusive Relationships Can Escalate

"Because I love you..."

One Love, "a student-led movement to activate, educate, and empower others to change the statistics around relationship violence" created a video called "Because I love you" to show how "a simple phrase can take on a different meaning in an unhealthy relationship."

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Domestic Violence Protesters “Escorted” From Suffragette Premiere in Painful Reminder That The Fight Isn’t Over

Laying across the red carpet, chanting, and releasing smoke flares, activists arrived at a Suffragette premiere earlier today to protest funding cuts for domestic violence help services. The protest was not as well received by everyone as you'd expect a feminist protest to be at the premiere of a movie about historic feminism.

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Let’s Look Back With Grim Sadness At Ill-Conceived Domestic Abuse Plotlines in Comics

The cringe-worthy page above comes courtesy of a piece over at Comic Book Resources today that describes Spider-Man's regrettable "Clone Saga" storyline written in 1995. In issue #266, Peter Parker accidentally hits Mary Jane while in the midst of a fight with his clone.

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