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American Women Pay an Average of $1,000 in Medical Bills After Being Sexually Assaulted

In a study of 1,355 privately insured women who went to the hospital after being raped, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that the average victim had to pay $948 in medical bills.

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NM City Councilor Responds to Women’s March With Domestic Violence Joke, Is Example of How Trump Has Normalized Misogyny

The Women's March was an event that gave voice to the voiceless, united women of different backgrounds, and sent a clear message of protest. For many others, like J.R. Doporto, it was an opportunity to release the inner misogynist.

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HBO Chief Somehow Unprepared To Face Questions About Sexualized Violence on Shows

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour yesterday, new HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys took the stage in a question and answer session on behalf of the network. Moments into the Q&A, though, Bloys seemed unable or perhaps incapable of answering the questions that were posed regarding the decision of the network's shows to equip the plot device of sexualized violence against women.

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India Mandates Cell Phone Panic Buttons in Response to Widespread Violence Against Women

India's Telecommunications Ministry has made it mandatory that mobile phone companies implement a panic button on their phones in response to the slew of reported cases of sexual assault and violence against women.

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Dee Barnes and Michel’le Respond to Dr. Dre’s Apology for His History of Violence

"Treat us like we have names" - Michel'le

After an apology Dr. Dre gave to The New York Times about his violence toward the "women [he] hurt," two of those women - Dee Barnes and Michel'le - have responded to that apology.

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Dr. Dre Apologizes for His Violence Against Women in Light of Straight Outta Compton‘s Erasure

OK...good?

Well, it seems as though the noise surrounding the erasure of violence against women from Straight Outta Compton got loud enough for Dr. Dre to say something about it.

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Dr. Dre’s Attack on Dee Barnes Was in Original Draft of Straight Outta Compton

So, what happened?

And the Straight Outta Compton train just keeps on going. According to a story in the L.A. Times, Compton screenwriter, Jonathan Herman, did include a scene depicting Dr. Dre beating Dee Barnes in his original draft of the film. (Trigger Warning: The scene is described very briefly, so if you're not comfortable reading depictions of violence, skip the next paragraph)

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When Seeing Straight Outta Compton, Remember the Women

Listen. Remember. Discuss.

We all enjoy problematic things. Sometimes, we don't even realize that the thing we love is problematic until someone else points it out, because the problems with it don't affect us personally. And yes, it is possible to like something, while simultaneously recognizing that there are things it could've done better, or that there are ways in which it harms an already maligned group.

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On Its 25th Anniversary, the Montreal Massacre Is Still Far Too Relevant

Time has passed, right?

A lot has changed, and a lot has progressed for women. And yet.

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Germany Honors Woman Murdered For Defending Teens From Harassment

An incredibly upsetting story, but one deserving of global recognition. Trigger warning for violence and harassment.

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[UPDATED] Major Video Game Associations Condemn #Gamergate’s Harassment Of Women

Over the last two months, the Gamergate movement has consistently harassed women out of both the gaming industry and their homes. After Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a speech in Utah due to terror threats, she called for the media and the gaming industry to take a strong stage against the "movement" - and now, one of gaming's biggest players is taking up the charge.

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Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Speaking Engagement After Threats Of Campus Shooting

Well, it's finally happened. Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian, who's long been a target of harassment and abuse for her work on how women are portrayed in video games, was forced to cancel a public appearance due to safety concerns in light of a threat against her and the institution where she was scheduled to speak. Trigger warning for violence, particularly violence against women.

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Things We Saw Today: New Star Wars Writer and Director Meet the Big Boss

Things We Saw Today

I feel comfortable that a Star Wars spinoff is in the hands of such dorks. (Collider)

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Things We Saw Today: #YesAllWomen

Things We Saw Today

#YesAllWomen rose to trending on Twitter this past weekend after the world learned of a shooting spree on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The suspect, now dead, killed six and left behind horrifying video evidence in which he credits his hatred for women as motivation for murder. We've collected a few essays and personal declarations made by individuals online in the wake of the news.

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The U.S. Armed Forces Are Going To Use Video Games To Teach Sailors Sexual Assault Prevention

The Future Is Now!

The United States are about to start utilizing a technology already being used by the Australian government to train and educate soldiers. While the interactive video game may be used for a wide variety of training, the Navy is thinking of using it to teach sailors about preventing sexual assault. I wonder if this gives gamers in the military an unfair advantage in passing their training?

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New Study Says Teenage Girls Are Sexualized On Network Television

Consider the Following

No, Penny from the Big Bang Theory is not a teenager but frankly, this illustrates the point rather well, don't you think?

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Remember When Deep Silver Apologized For Selling A Woman’s Dismembered Body With Dead Island? They’re Still Selling It.

Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Back in January we were made aware of a special edition of Deep Silver's Dead Island: Riptide which came with a headless, armless torso of a woman in a bikini along with the game. We were not amused. Deep Silver then issued an apology for offending so many people but decided, "What the heck? We're going to continue selling it anyway." Also, boobs.

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UPDATED: The Makers Of Dead Island Would Like You To Purchase This Woman’s Dismembered Torso (Really)

what is this I don't even

Dead Island: Riptide is the sequel to Dead Island, the survival horror video game that has players stranded on a tropical island with a zombie outbreak. To promote the game, publishers Deep Silver are offering a special “Zombie Bait Edition” which includes the console game, artwork, a weapons pack, and a statue of a woman's bikini-clad torso with her head and arms chopped off. And so help me god, they're comparing it to the Venus de Milo. The graphic image is after the jump and probably NSFW. [UPDATE: Deep Silver issues apology. More below]

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Tomb Raider Developers Deny Existence of Sexual Assault In Game, Miss The Point Entirely

Consider the Following

In response to the growing controversy surrounding the upcoming Tomb Raider game and sexual assault allegedly being included in Lara Croft's origin story, Darrell Gallagher, studio head of Crystal Dynamics, has issued a press release denying the existence of  rape as a theme in the game:
"In making this Tomb Raider origins story our aim was to take Lara Croft on an exploration of what makes her the character she embodies in late Tomb Raider games. One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game, which has incorrectly been referred to as an 'attempted rape' scene is the content we showed at this year's E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled 'Crossroads'. This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time. In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game."
[Warning: This post will contain a discussion of rape and violence against women.]

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