Four years ago Cornell University closed down their chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Many members of the fraternity left the school altogether. They had just killed a man. George Desdunes, an aspiring doctor, was a 19-year-old sophomore from Brooklyn, New York, and the son of Haitian immigrants. His hands and feet were tied with duct tape and zip ties. Blindfolded, he was given so...read more
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Susan J. Brison is a Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College and author of Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self. Decades ago, we didn’t call rape by a date or acquaintance ‘rape’–so what was there to report? In one, I was 35, on a morning walk in France, when a stranger jumped me from behind, beat, raped, repeatedly choked me into unconsciousness, hit me with a...read more
By Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast Since Ferguson, police have killed more than a dozen teenagers, half of them black. Some did nothing more than carry a BB gun. ichael Brown’s death on August 9 was a nationwide wake-up call to the death-by-cop of young minority men at the hands of law enforcement. According to data stretching from 1999 to 2011, African Americans have comprised 26 percent of...read more
Bill C-36, the Canadian government’s prostitution bill, passes The Conservative government’s prostitution bill – Bill C-36 – passed in the House of Commons by a 156-124 vote. http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-2/C-36/ In 2007, a case challenging Canada’s prostitution laws as unconstitutional resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada throwing out the laws...read more
A Survivor’s Burden: Columbia Student Carries Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled A Columbia University senior who says she was raped on campus by a fellow student has launched an unusual act of protest. Emma Sulkowicz has vowed to carry a dorm room mattress with her everywhere on campus until her rapist is expelled or leaves campus on his own. Sulkowicz says she was raped in...read more