Archive for June, 2009

Rape culture at the highest levels? – Naomi Wolf on Huffington Post

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

Excellent, if disturbing, article on The Huffington Post by Naomi Wolf regarding the recent reversal by the Obama administration regarding the release of photos allegedly showing detainee abuse by American soldiers.

Naomi Wolf: Busted, Pentagon: Why The Photos Probably Do Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped.

brothers will be brothers…

June 4th, 2009 Comments off

Very well written, insightful piece released by the NSRC (National Sexuality Resource Center) on their website [update September 6, 2012: the NSRC site is no longer available; we are looking for another source for this text] by Nicholas L. Syrett (professor of history at University of Northern Colorado University): Bros Before Hos: College Fraternities and Sexual Exploitation.

Professor Syrett does a very good job of putting fraternity behavior in historical and cultural context. This piece is a must-read for anyone doing prevention work.

My thanks to Amy Benfer of the Broadsheet at for bringing this article to my attention (and for offering a very good overview of the salient points).

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

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 –