In Ohio rape case, ‘never said no’ does not mean consent

The trial involving two teenagers accused of raping an intoxicated teenager has divided the small community of Steubenville, Ohio, as some rally behind the accused perpetrators, stars of the local football team, while others say the victim was too drunk to protest.

The issue has been further complicated by the fact that some 40 high schoolers looked on as the girl was carried from party to party, snapping cell phone photos and taking cell phone videos but never intervening, calling authorities or even putting an end to the abuse.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Beth Presswood, host of the Godless Bitches podcast, to discuss the case.


TV analyst threatened with rape via social media after discussing rape prevention

Television news analyst Zerlina Maxwell has received racist abuse, death threats and threats of rape online after a Fox News appearance in which she suggested that guns and arming women is not the solution to rape.

Instead, she said that teaching men and boys to not rape, instead of placing the responsibility upon women to ensure they are not allowing themselves to be victimized is a better plan.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Rhett Walker, a campus training coordinator with Men Can Stop Rape, Amanda Marcotte, a journalist with RH Reality Check and Pandagon, and Pia Glenn, an actor and Twitter activist, to discuss the myriad issues that this unfortunate backlash against Maxwell raises.

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New Report Reveals Routine Mishandling of Rape Cases by DC Police

A new report by Human Rights Watch called “Capitol Offense” has found that D.C. police officers routinely and profoundly mishandle cases of sexual abuses and in light of recent advances which help rape victims report abuse and to seek help, the HRW findings are even more deeply troubling.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Rachel Friedman, deputy director of the non-profit organization Men Can Stop Rape, to discuss the report.


Rape Terminology Proves Challenging to Victims, Courts

Despite the FBI changing 80-year-old language in its crime codes to make it so that men could be victims of rape and the mandate to finding “force” to be necessary, many jurisdictions have not followed suit.

Depending upon where you live in the country, a sexually-based attack may or may not be called “rape,” and victims report that being unable to say legally they were victims of “rape” is hurtful in itself.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Stephanie Hughes to discuss her story for Salon.com “When the law won’t call it rape” which details the language of laws describing sex crimes.

Grasping the Role of Sexual Violence Remains A Challenge Worldwide

Women Under Siege is an initiative documenting the ways that rape and other forms of sexualized violence have been and are still being used tools in genocide and conflict.

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, joins Women Under Siege director Lauren Wolfe to talk about the work that is being done to put sexualized violence in conflict onto the radar of world leaders.