Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

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As part of the “No More” campaign, the NFL will air this ad will air as a PSA during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015. This is the first-ever Super Bowl ad to address domestic violence and sexual assault.

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What the U.S. Could Learn About Military Sexual Assault From an Australian General

The top general in the U.S. Armed Forces warned President Obama in May, that sexual assault is a growing "epidemic."

The powerful documentary The Invisible War gives a face to some of the 20 percent of all active-duty female soldiers who are sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. military. We learn about a few brave rape victims who take their cases to court, and we watch the U.S. government swiftly deny their claims.

The film puts into startling perspective what is happening to men and women in the service—what the top general in the U.S. Armed Forces called an "epidemic" in May. So far, there has been no action around the issue, even though the military released a report last month that unwanted sexual contact complaints involving military personnel jumped 37 percent, to 26,000 in 2012 from 19,000 the previous year. And that only includes those who come forward. Many are silenced through intimidation.

We recently learned that in Australia, where such occurrences are also an issue, it's not being dealt with so quietly. Australia's Lieutenant General David Morrison went public Tuesday in a scathing diatribe against perpetrators who engaged in such wrongdoing. "There is no place for you amongst this band of brothers and sisters," he seethed. It would be great to see someone in the States take such a passionate stance to ensure some change takes place. Until then, check out Morrison's ball-busting in the video below.


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Can Two New Apps Help Women Avoid Sexual Assault?

The Obama administration has harnessed mobile technology to help combat sexual assault among young women.

Back in July, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the "Apps Against Abuse" challenge. Because women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most likely to be raped or sexually assaulted, Sebelius and her staff wanted to support the development of something to help those women via the handheld devices they use every day. Apps Against Abuse was a call to developers to come up with novel uses for mobile technology in the fight against sexual abuse. Yesterday, Sebelius announced the winning apps.

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