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In yet another brick in the anti-women wall, last week, the US Supreme Court declined to review a case brought by a teenage girl (known only as “HS”) against her high school, after she was dropped from her high school cheerleading team for refusing to chant the name of a basketball player who raped her. (The player plead guilty to misdemeanor assault of the girl, but the rape charge was dropped.)

School officials told the young girl that she had no right to remain silent when her coaches told her to cheer.

That she was dropped from the cheerleading squad for refusing to cheer for her rapist is sickening in and of itself. But wait – it gets worse.

She has been ordered by the court to pay compensation of $45,000 for bringing the “frivolous lawsuit.”

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Cheating is an act of disloyalty.

Sexual assault is a crime that disregards the autonomy, humanity, and dignity of its victim, turning her or him into an object for the express use of the assailant.

One is a private matter. The other is a plague.

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In September, when Craigslist dropped its “erotic services” section, Backpage.com, the classified advertising network owned by Village Voice Media, became the nation’s premier online sexual marketplace—and the most mainstream venue for the buying and selling of underage girls. Now The Rebecca Project for Human Rights, the group that got Craigslist to drop its sex ads, is trying to convince Backpage to do the same, and to do it before February, when activists expect a spike in sex trafficking around the Super Bowl.

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Today, due to the efforts of child advocates, law enforcement personnel, media, parents—and former victims—basic awareness of this life-altering crime is high. (For folks like Sandusky, who seems to need a refresher, the American Psychological Association defines child sexual abuse as “any interaction between a child and an adult (or another child) in which the child is used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator or an observer. A central characteristic of any abuse is domination of the child by the perpetrator through deception, force, or coercion into sexual activity. Children, due to their age, cannot give meaningful consent to sexual activity.”) Still, experts say child sexual abuse remains largely underreported due to the shame, confusion and fear it causes its victims. Below, some basic facts about the prevalence and effects of child sexual abuse, a scourge that disproportionately impact girls and women but seemingly sees no color.

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But other than that, “at no time, whether in 1998 or in 2002 or any other point in time, was I made aware or did I have knowledge of Jerry Sandusky engaging in sexual misconduct with young children,” Courtney said. “Had I had any idea that there was even remotely improper conduct with children on any day since the beginning of time, nothing in the world would have kept me from being absolutely certain that it was reported to the police immediately. That is my duty.”

Instead, Curley and Schultz reported back to McQueary that they had decided to take away Sandusky’s keys to the locker room, bar him from bringing children to the football building and report the incident to Second Mile, according to the grand jury’s findings. Spanier, the university president, testified that he approved the plan, but that he had never been told Sandusky’s misconduct was sexual in nature.

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A committee that is made up solely of members of the Penn State Community is NOT an independent review board. Community members by themselves often have a vested interest in down-playing an issue in an attempt to put the best light on bad situations. We believe that as corporate stewards of this world-class public university, PSU would want to take immediate and far-reaching actions to ensure that the Penn State students, staff, and the families in the surrounding community never have to see this kind of behavior and resulting exposé ever again. Appointing outside people to the committee will help do this.

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At the same time, that's the part where I asked myself why we must do this? Why can't all victims of sexual abuse be taken equally seriously? Why must an article tell us how it might be harder if you are not viewed as born weak and a potential victim anyway? There are better ways of framing the important information about the difficulties men may face when seeking help.

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Some have argued that the idiots caught on camera Wednesday night will come to regret their actions, once they have kids of their own. I sincerely doubt that. It’s just as likely that they will become the sort of people who engage in ever-escalating acts of vandalism to prove their “loyalty.” The kind who will blame “the media” and the victims for daring to speak up. They will become the bullies who teach their own kids to “man up” and Listen to Coach. They will become the people who harass women online. They will become precisely the kinds of people who create the Rene Portlands and (allegedly) the Jerry Sanduskys of the world.

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I don’t care about Joe Paterno or his precious legacy as the winningest coach in Division I history. That he espoused honor and scholarship to his players, put Pennsylvania State University on the national map, made the school $52.3 million, or meant a lot to the 4,000 morally deficient cult members students who literally rioted after the 84-year-old was fired for looking the other way while his defensive coordinator, Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky, allegedly raped, sodomized, fondled and manipulated young, poor boys under the guise of charity.

I care about Victim 2, the 10-year-old boy whom coach Sandusky hand-picked from his Second Mile mentoring program for “underprivileged” boys from “dysfunctional” families and allegedly raped in a Penn State shower.

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The whole point is: it’s just a damned word. A word that is not justification for rape, a word that is not a real description of a woman who wears spaghetti straps or is responsible for her own sexuality. Slut is like “bitch” or any other hollow insult, it only applies if you allow it. Calling victims sluts was unprofessional of the officer who started this scene, and it reflects the attitude of our society towards women. We are held to higher expectations, forced to jump through hoops, and we are still often judged by our appearance. And now, if we look too good, some think we are inviting rape. That sort of stupidity must be brought out into the light and destroyed, by whatever means necessary. Can you imagine the outrage if it was said in court “well, you looked too much like a rich white guy so you were asking to be robbed?”

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