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4 teens charged as adults in locker room sexual assault case – CNN.com

June 4th, 2009 Comments off

Via CNN, a FL case that is eerily¬†reminiscent¬†of a WI case from over two decades ago (around the time that I first joined MSR). It’s cases like these that serve as stark reminders that when we say “sexual assault” we’re not just talking about sex, and we’re not always talking about female victims.

It’s also very instructive that the victim in this case did not come forward to report. Turns out there are reasons why someone who has been assaulted might not necessarily want to shout it from the highest hill. Perhaps male on male assault can teach us something about male on female perpetration…

4 teens charged as adults in locker room sexual assault case – CNN.com.

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Study: Abuse, provocative images increase Internet risks for girls – CNN.com

May 26th, 2009 Comments off

Interesting article via CNN.com regarding a study on previous abuse experience being a factor in girls receiving unwanted sexual attention online.

A good study that I support being done, though I worry that there is a risk here; though the article does note:

One significant factor that helped decrease the risk to girls was the presence and influence of caregivers, the authors found.

It also falls back on one of the typical statements about female behavior:

That risk is tied not just to an avatar, but to the overall image a girl projects online, they say. On sites that don’t use avatars, such as MySpace or Facebook, simply compiling suggestive photographs or narrative descriptions can increase girls’ vulnerability, they say.

… without examining or commenting on the behavior of males online – ie: that females open themselves up to this type of attention, but that the attention itself is expected and “normal” apparently.

Perhaps that’s the next study? Let’s hope…

Study: Abuse, provocative images increase Internet risks for girls – CNN.com.

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