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The Littlest Members of Women’s March Los Angeles 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?

Excerpt: 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. But, emotionally I felt culpable. Because I did stay on a deserted beach with a boy I didn’t know after my friends left. I did drink alcohol and become mildly intoxicated. And I did want him to kiss me. Keep Reading …

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How to Prevent Teen Dating Abuse

She should have graduated with the rest of us. She should have gone to college or taken a gap year and worked at The Limited. She should’ve gotten her dream job or realized it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. She should’ve fallen in love once or twice or, if she were like me, six times before settling down.

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It Happened To Me: 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 that bright spring morning of March 21st, 1986

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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 overrun

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

(Ignore the red nose – this post should have a different template, but this light-hearted one will have to suffice) I know three women whose first sexual experience was date rape. Two of them were in high school at the

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I’ll Be Interviewed Tomorrow on HLN’s “Raising America with Kyra Phillips”

Hi guys — When I went to the Mom 2.0 conference in Laguna this month I had the good fortune to meet Kyra Phillips and some of her producers at Raising America and now have the opportunity to be on

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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. Her murderer served twenty years in prison then was released on

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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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