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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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Sexual Harassment Reporting Site Asks Users to “Pin the Creeps”

It maps out incidents across India and the rest of the world.

A community-based platform is helping women document and map out incidents of sexual harassment, and it just received a major investment to continue its work. SafeCity, which was founded after the horrific 2012 gang rape of a student on a South Delhi bus, allows users to “pin the creeps” and report their experiences of assault anonymously. Although their current focus is on India, the organization has been receiving responses from all over the world. Each contribution is geo-tagged and placed on an interactive map. Founder Elsa D’Silva says she hopes the website will provide a more accurate representation of how frequently incidents of sexual harassment and assault occur on a geographic basis.

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Freshman Year Video Game Challenges Victim Blaming

The new video game that deconstructs victim blaming. Trigger warning.

Programmer and game designer Nina Freeman is using video games to tell deeply personal stories. Her latest, Freshman Year, is a short, groundbreaking work that tells the story of sexual assault and questions victim blaming.

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A Post to Facebook: End Pages that Glorify Rape

A letter to Facebook calls for an effort to “recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech."


In December, three male teenagers allegedly filmed themselves raping a 12-year-old girl while holding her at gunpoint. The video was then posted to Facebook, which led to prosecutors filing sexual assault charges on the three Chicago area teens. Sadly, this isn't the first story of this kind. In August of 2012, after a high school girl was sexually assaulted in Steubenville, Ohio, pictures and messages about the attack were posted to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as the county reacted in horror.

The most recent episode has prompted a letter in response from Women, Action, & the Media, the Everyday Sexism Project, and writer Soray Chemaly in asking Facebook to take action. More than 40 other groups and agencies have signed on to the letter, which calls on Facebook to “recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech,” and “train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech,” among other items aimed at quieting an environment where content making light of or encouraging domestic violence or rape has found a standing.

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How 'Take Back the Night' Keeps Some Victims Silent

After I attended my own college's Take Back the Night, I didn't feel empowered. I felt shaken and shamed.


If you don't live on a college campus, you may not be aware that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you do live on one, you probably haven't gone a day without a reminder—in the form of a lecture, art exhibit, poetry slam, speakout, and, most prominently, a "Take Back the Night" march.

It makes sense for colleges to pay special attention to the epidemic of sexual violence—the Department of Justice estimates that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during their college years. But "raising awareness" is a well-established institutional trick to avoid addressing a problem head-on. In SAAM's case, that strategy can backfire, shaming sexual assault victims further. I know because that's what happened to me.

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20 Quotes About DSK That Reveal How We Think About Rape DSK Rape Case Explained in 20 Quotes

For a month and a half, cultural commentators have raced to place their personal spin on the facts of the DSK rape case.



It's been a month and a half since a 32-year-old hotel maid accused then-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in his swanky Manhattan suite. And each time a new fact trickles into the public record, commentators race to place their personal spin on the new evidence. A brief timeline of the media response to the DSK case:

MAY 15, 2011

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