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It Happened To Me: Date Rape

How Women Can Avoid Date in 9 Steps “The thing about being murdered,” writes William Langewiesche in this May’s issue of Vanity Fair, “it usually comes as a surprise.” The Same Can Be Said of Date Rape When I awoke

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The Littlest Members of Women’s March Take on Donald Trump’s Misogyny

“Donald Trump on Women” gets 10k searches a day. Here’s why: Regarding the Women’s March in Los Angeles, the Facebook message passed around to thousands of Los Angeles moms said this: “If you’re taking your children to WomensMarchLA write your

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What do Chrissie Hynde, Sexual Consent and a Cup of Tea Have in Common?

When I was a student abroad in 1986, I suffered an attempted rape. I was fortunate, after a protracted struggle, to escape my attacker. Intellectually, I understood that he had absolutely no right to do what he did to me …

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The Most Important “Sexy” Model Video Ever

Save The Children USA This brought tears to my eyes. Save The Children USA tried to make saving children “sexy.” Whatever it takes to get our attention. It’s working.

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Not All Men Are Rapists

Yes. An inflammatory headline. Since the recent Steubenville rape case and excavating and writing about my own experience as a victim of attempted rape when I was in college, I’ve grown increasingly anxious about raising daughters.   Suddenly, the world seems

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My Interview on “Raising America with Kyra Phillips” on Date Rape

I know three women whose first sexual experience was date rape. Two of them were in high school at the time, and the last was a freshman in college. I went to Italy looking for romance during spring break my

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Accepting The Fact That Women Are Prey Can Empower Us

A few weeks ago, I talked with Neal Conan on NPR’s Talk of The Nation about my experience as the victim of an attempted date rape in 1986. (I also wrote about the experience in a post titled: It Happened To Me: A

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When Victims of Dating Abuse Are Too Scared to Tell

This week I’m focusing on teen dating abuse. Yesterday I wrote about a former classmate who was murdered by her boyfriend after she broke up with him in 1983. (For this article I refer to the abuser as HE, and

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When ‘Love’ Kills: Teen Dating Abuse

I’ve been planning my 30th high school reunion, searching high and low for class of 1983 graduates. This has brought up a lot of things for me: How quickly time is flying. How the social barriers that existed in high

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