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November 25, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 25, 2013

In case you’ve seen an ad for 23andMe, the $99 genetic testing kit that has the backing of Google and a co-founder who is still technically married to Sergey Brin, you should probably know that the FDA has told the company to stop selling the kits.

Four adults have been indicted for their roles in the Steubenville rape case, including the superintendent of the school district.

Just in time for the holidays, the East Coast is going to get a crapload of snow. Who’s the turkey now?

The ballad of Derrick Rose: Two catastrophic knee injuries, 19 months apart.

Who looks more desperate, Katie Couric or Yahoo? #IKeedIKeed

22:11 // 10 months ago
June 22, 2013
Healing from rape is a long journey. One of the most painful parts for survivors is having to deal with how much we blame ourselves for being assaulted. For years we tend to believe we caused it, that we are bad, that we are dirty, that we somehow deserved the abuse, that we caused it. Sometimes we just need someone we love and admire and trust to tell us over and over again, “It is not your fault.” We can’t hear those words enough, because those are the words that replace the things the rapist said to us. Those are the words that give us back the power and the willingness to go on and to heal. Your life and accomplishments have been a light of inspiration for so many. Please don’t use your words to push some of us back into the darkness of shame.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry • Criticizing tennis superstar Serena Williams, over remarks the latter made to Rolling Stone’s Stephen Rodrick, on the Steubenville high school rape case that captured national attention over the last few months. Williams was quoted as follows: “Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people. She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.” Harris-Perry, herself a survivor of sexual assault, and clearly distressed by such remarks from a woman whose achievements she respects and lauds so profoundly, delivered the commentary on her eponymous MSNBC weekend show this morning. source
16:25 // 1 year ago
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12:18 // 1 year ago
The adults need to take responsibility guide these children. I ask every person listening what if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend? We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right. We all have that option to choose. This is the start of a new beginning for my daughter. I ask that you all continue to pray for her and all victims and please respect our privacy as we help our family to heal. Thank you.
The mother of the Steubenville rape victim, speaking to Anderson Cooper 360. She also added this: “My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us. We need and deserve to focus on our daughter’s future. We hope that from this something good can arise. I feel I have an opportunity to bring an awareness to others, possibly change the mentality of a youth or help a parent to have more of an awareness to where their children are and what they are doing.”
10:18 // 1 year ago
March 17, 2013
10:28 // 1 year ago
The judge in the Steubenville rape trial is about to announce the verdict. Watch live video over here.
EDIT: The judge ruled that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have been found guilty.
Second EDIT: Here’s a story on the matter.

The judge in the Steubenville rape trial is about to announce the verdict. Watch live video over here.

EDIT: The judge ruled that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have been found guilty.

Second EDIT: Here’s a story on the matter.

10:11 // 1 year ago
0:37 // 1 year ago
March 16, 2013

On Steubenville, India and other cases of rape or sexual violence

backyardgoldmine says: I don’t understand why American news organizations are more concerned about the gang rapes that happen in India than the ones that happen here. Like the only articles Shortform Blog have about Stubenville are two articles about Rick Santorum giving a speech there. 

» SFB says: We posted an article about Steubenville just a couple of days ago. As far as the case in India, it’s very significant issue culturally in that country and prior cases have led to mass protests. We try to cover issues happening in the U.S. as well as internationally. Fact of the matter: Both cases are worth our time and important to cover. — Ernie @ SFB

17:36 // 1 year ago