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After seeing some comments on recent posts on Facebook, we want to note that going through the process of pressing charges is extremely difficult and can be very traumatic for the survivor. We feel that it is important to not question someone’s decisions, as everyone is different in their healing process. Pressing charges may be the right decision for some, but not the right one for another.

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7 Steps You Can Take To Address Street Harassment I used to think that that sexual harassment in public was so entrenched, such a part of the fabric of our culture, that it was unchangeable. All I could do to address it was to cope – walk fast; avoid eye contact; pretend to be on the phone; wear headphones, and if it’s daytime, blast music so I couldn’t even hear what was being said to me. These are all completely legitimate ways of dealing with harassment, especially if you don’t feel safe responding. College rape survivor will carry her mattress around campus until her rapist is expelled On the first day of her sophomore year of college, Emma Sulkowicz was raped in her dorm room bed. The Columbia University senior says the perpetrator was a fellow student. He still is — and has been since he allegedly assaulted Sulkowicz and two other female students. As Sulkowicz reported in Time earlier this year, all three cases against her offender were dismissed.

'Even If You Don't Like It, You're Supposed to Appear That You Do' - Noah Berlatsky Writer and activist Feminista Jones talks about street harassment against black women and the #YouOKsis campaign. Amr Nabil/AP A recent survey found that 65 percent of women in the U.S. had experienced street harassment, with almost a quarter of all women being approached and sexually touched on the street.

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How Being A Feminist Monopolized My Rape Since I was a little girl I would consider myself a feminist. It didn’t take me reading Betty Friedan to know something was up. Even in what most people would consider a balanced relationship, it didn’t take long to notice something I didn’t agree with in my parents’ relationship. It would just take my Dad being mad for me to notice. He could yell and threaten, sometimes silently, and my Mom would shut down. Petra Collins On Censorship And The Female Body Petra Collins is an artist. She photographs, contributes to things, and curates — and in doing so, dissects girl culture. Her recent creation for American Apparel's online store; a tee with an illustration of a bleeding vagina, being touched, sparked interest online but ultimately wasn't allowed on TV. Likewise, her Instagram (with 25k followers) was just deleted. Here, she tells Oyster the story and why it pisses her off.

Apollo 15 Map and Image Library No copyright is asserted for NASA photographs. If a recognizable person appears in a photo, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. Photos may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead. Accordingly, it is requested that if a NASA photograph is used in advertising and other commercial promotion, layout and copy be submitted to NASA prior to release. How I Stopped Letting a Man Tell Me My Body Was "Too Wrinkled" For Him Originally published on The Huffington Post and cross-posted here with their permission. Naked, I stood at the closet doors with the lights on and made myself ready. I took a deep breath and positioned the mirrors so I could see all of me. I consciously worked to remove my self-believed inner image. I opened my eyes and looked very carefully at my body. And my heart lurched at the truth: I am not a young woman anymore.

Bullying: Can we teach kids to stop being bystanders? Photo by VBStock/iStockphoto/Thinkstock One of the most frustrating facts about bullying is this: In the vast majority of cases, it takes place in front of an audience of other kids—88 percent of the time, according to one study. And yet kids who are bystanders intervene only 20 percent of the time. When they do step forward, however, they stop half the bullying they try to head off. Bystanders, then, represent a major opportunity: Convert more of them into defenders or allies of the target of bullying, and you could take the sting out of one of childhood’s enduring harms. Except that it’s not so easy. Rapists Who Don’t Think They’re Rapists You know the guy who "accidentally" rapes women? The acquaintance who "misreads" the situation and "goes too far"? The longtime friend who genuinely thought you had consented, and is shocked when you tell him that, no, it was rape? Well, we're not going to take that guy's bullshit anymore. Thomas MacAulay Millar over at the Yes Means Yes! blog has crunched the numbers on "undetected" acquaintance rapists to figure out who this "accidental rapist" actually is.

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