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10.18.17 - Men's response to the #MeToo campaign must be more than hashtags (Chicago Tribune)
Men need to do more than fire off a tweet with a hashtag.

10.17.17 - Let's talk about Cosplay and Consent (Critical Hit)
Discussion of the #MeToo movement, "Cosplay is Not Consent," and harassment in con culture; the author appears to believe that that more CiNC signs might have stopped harassment at the con they attended.

10.11.17 - Consent, Intent, and Problematic Convention Culture (Nerd Caliber)
This is a great example of how plastering "Cosplay Is Not Consent" IS NOT ENOUGH to protect people from STILL experiencing harassment, stalking, abuse, and assault.

10.10.17 - Michigan rapist gets joint custody (The Detroit News)
"This is insane," said Kiessling, who filed objections Friday with Ross. "Nothing has been right about this since it was originally investigated." Editorial note: this is deeply disturbing and contains a victim under the age of 18 and anti-abortion comments.

10.10.17 - From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories (The New Yorker)
This article features some of Weinstein's accusers going into detail regarding their experiences; it may be highly triggering for some.

10.09.17 - How the "Cosplay Is Not Consent" movement changed NYCC (
Editorial note: this article is incredibly offensive, including comments that "revealing, form-fitting outfits" often "make" women targets of harassment from their peers. It's rife with victim-blaming from both the author and other cosplayers quoted in the piece.

10.05.17 - Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades (New York Times)
The story that broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations.

09.27.17 - 'A feeble no may mean yes': Indian court overturns rape conviction (CNN - contains autoplay video)
Judge ruled that "a feeble 'no'" could still signal willingness

09.26.17 - YouTuber's 'Pennywise' makeup tutorial defended by cosplay influencer (Yahoo)
The scary Pennywise clown is going to be created over and over again this Halloween - which is why Alicia Marie has defended a makeup artist from critics on YouTube.

09.21.17 - He was convicted of rape. Then he gets a job guarding a rape counseling center. (Modesto Bee)
How Rodgers ended up guarding Rape Counseling Services in downtown Fresno is not detailed in the news release.

09.21.17 - Girl may have helped plot Maryland teen's rape by fellow classmates (ABC News - contains autoplay video)
A Maryland girl could face charges for allegedly helping plot an acquaintance's rape, police said.

09.21.17 - One Woman Is Walking Across India To Help Fight Her Country's Rape And Misogyny Problem (Forbes - autoplay video)
India's National Crime Records Bureau recorded a total number of 327,394 gender specific "Crimes Against Women" in 2015.

09.16.17 - Sexual Offender Alert: Michael C. Beuerlein (Ohio) (Tumblr/Facebook)
Former con chair of Anime Punch. This containts information from people who have come forward after Beuerlein's conviction; please note the stories may be extremely triggering, so use caution in reading.

09.09.17 - George Hook apologises for comments about rape case (Irish Times)
Broadcaster received backlash after remarks about woman's 'personal responsibility'

09.06.17 - Red Zone: a rise in sexual assault (The LA Loyolan)
A discussion of the "red zone" - the period when a college student is most likely to experience assault.

09.06.17 - Why Moms Whose Sons Have Been Accused of Campus Sexual Assault Are Banding Together (Time)
Editorial note: contains comments that may be upsetting to some, including quotes from rape apologists and the use of the word "triggered" in a dismissive manner.

09.05.17 - Baylor University reaches settlement in Texas gang rape lawsuit (Reuters)
"Under Briles, the culture of Baylor football and rape became synonymous," the lawsuit said, adding Baylor was doing nothing to stop it.

08.30.17 - Hurricane Katrina left survivors vulnerable to sexual assault. Here's how to protect Harvey evacuees. (Vox)
Aid workers have learned that evacuation doesn't always mean safety.

08.30.17 - 'Big Brother' contestant Jason Dent makes disturbing joke about rape (NY Daily News - contains autoplay video)
The Season 19 remarks were particularly troubling considering it isn't the first time Dent made a rape joke.

08.30.17 - Men May Suffer if Marital Rape Becomes Crime, India Government Says (Voice of America)
Editoral Note: this story contains arguments made by rape apologists.

08.21.17 - Hey Fox News: Harassment Isn't a Compliment (Feministing)
Hey Fox News - street harassment, and behavior like it, is neither "chivalry" nor "just a compliment."

08.16.17 - Jewellery designer Samantha Wills speaks out about sexual assault (9 Honey)
All my love to everyone, male or female, who has experienced a sexual violation. Do not be ashamed. It was not your fault. Spread love. Speak truth. Stand strong.

08.15.17 - Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ (The BBC)
Editorial Note: the BBC was one of the few outlets to identify it as an "assault" case as opposed to "groping".

08.14.17 - Jury Sides With Taylor Swift in Groping Trial, Orders DJ to Pay $1 (Rolling Stone)
As Swift's lawyer Doug Baldridge said during closing arguments, "By returning a verdict on Ms. Swift's counterclaim for a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation...You will tell every woman...that no means no."

08.14.17 - Jury rules in favor of Taylor Swift in groping case (CNN)
Swift's lawsuit against Mueller argued that the trial would "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."

08.14.17 - Taylor Swift: jury rules in favor of pop singer in groping case (The Guardian)
Swift testified the photo was taken just as she was groped by Mueller, who denied the allegation.