law

sexual assault

Prosecuting R. Kelly Is More Difficult Than It Sounds

An attorney who worked on R. Kelly's child pornography defense team shares why it may be an uphill battle to prosecute the controversial singer.
Tiffany Walden
1.14.19
Interview

'On the Basis of Sex' Is a Rallying Cry for Radical Action

Director Mimi Leder talks "On the Basis of Sex" and why it's incredibly timely in today's political climate.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark
1.3.19
law

In These States, You Can Sue the Person Your Spouse Cheated With

In 2011, a North Carolina judge ordered a woman to pay $30 million to her husband's ex-wife because the more recent relationship began with infidelity. Despite criticism, a few states still allow for such "alienation of affection" lawsuits.
Kimberly Lawson
12.26.18
Gender

Germany Introduces a Third Gender Category on Official Documents

Its parliament just approved an option for gender non-conforming, intersex, or non-binary people on birth certificates.
Sirin Kale
12.14.18
politics

'Here, No Man Decides': Meet India's First Female Sharia Court Judges

In the country's Islamic courts, intimate family issues like divorce were usually decided by male clerics and judges—until a group of 15 women decided to take matters into their own hands.
Masuma Ahuja
1.3.18
gun violence

How Closing the 'Boyfriend Loophole' in Gun Laws Could Save Lives

Ninety-three percent of women killed by men in 2015 were murdered by someone they knew, and the most common weapon was a gun. But advocates say the ban that prevents convicted domestic violence abusers from purchasing guns doesn't go far enough.
Kimberly Lawson
11.7.17
sexual assault

Models Have No Real Recourse When They're Sexually Harassed On Set

In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, models have begun speaking out about sexual abuse in the fashion industry, where young and vulnerable women and men are too often exploited. A proposed law in New York would help change that.
Gabby Bess
10.23.17
sexual assault

As DeVos Rolls Back Protections, Dems Introduce Bill to Help Campus Rape Victims

Rep. Jackie Speier says The Title IX Protection Act is needed to prevent discrimination against sexual assault survivors on campus, whose rights are threatened under Betsy DeVos' new interim guidelines.
Kimberly Lawson
10.13.17
legal

The Autistic Children Who Are Labeled As Sex Offenders

According to social workers and activists, numerous young kids on the spectrum have ended up on the sexual offender registry for offenses that lacked sexual motivation.
Mitchell Sunderland
9.28.17
rape

Rape Victims Are Illegally Questioned About Their Sexual Past in UK Courts

Alarming new research finds that legislation protecting rape survivors from having their sexual history dragged through the courts is routinely ignored.
Sirin Kale
9.25.17
reproductive rights

Court Blocks Texas Law That Would Effectively Ban Abortion After 12 Weeks

Under SB 8, doctors would only be able to perform the safest and most common method of terminating pregnancies in the second trimester if the fetus' heart has already stopped—meaning they'd have to inject women with untested drugs, advocates say.
Gabby Bess
9.1.17
sexual assault

Why Do We Still Have Laws that Say It's Not Rape Unless the Victim Fights Back?

In states like Alabama, outdated "earnest resistance" laws that require assault victims to fight back are still on the books.
Bethy Squires
7.27.17
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