12/19/13 Weekly Media Update

Local News

Baton Rouge

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The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies issued an additional warrant last week to a teen accused of standing watch outside a high school bathroom while another boy raped a teen girl.

After the incident, the victim says the three walked out of the stall and other boys began grabbing her in an attempt to pull her back into the stall. See more herehere, here, and here.

Gonzales

Three people were arrested for prostituting a 14 year old girl for drugs and money. Deputies issued a warrant for a fourth suspect. See here and here for more.

National News

R. Kelly accused of sexual assault

Read here for more on R. Kelly’s history of sexual assault.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

A police force has been accused of trivializing rape after it distributed a bizarre Christmas poem about the crime. See here for more.

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International News

India

Tensions are still high a year after the Delhi gang-rape where a woman was raped by five men and a juvenile in a moving private bus Dec 16 last year. See here for more.

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Educational

Women’s Rights

Gloria Steinem is interviewed, stating that “Rape is about violence, not sex, or proving male superiority.”  Click here.

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About Catherine Thurmond

I am a Master of Liberal Arts student minoring in Women's and Gender Studies at LSU. During the Fall 2014 semester, I will begin to write her thesis on queer oppression through a philosophical Marxist feminist lens. My academic interests include second wave feminism, queer theory, queer Marxist feminism, feminist philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir, and Monique Wittig. I have been politically active since 2010, fighting for an end to oppression under capitalism. I was involved in Occupy NOLA, bringing in members of The Kasama Project, a national communist project in the United States. I was also active in student organizations at Southeastern Louisiana University where I organized many speaker events for activists such as Jordan Flaherty, Richard Becker, The Beehive Design Collective, Jed Brandt and Eric Ribellarsi, and Malik Rahim. More recently, I began volunteering for STAR, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response, in 2013 as a hospital advocate where I supported sexual assault survivors. I later joined the Louisiana Delta Service Corps, often described as the Domestic Peace Corps, where I interviewed to be placed at STAR as their Outreach Coordinator. I am also the founder of a Feminist Consciousness Raising Group in Baton Rouge which uses feminist theory to discuss personal experiences under patriarchal oppression. Check it out here for more info about the group: http://brfeminist.wix.com/consciousnessraising

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