Music Video: Lady Gaga “Til It Happens To You”

Lady Gaga drops her first single of 2015 with “Til It Happens To You.”

The song, written by Diane Warren, is featured in a campus rape documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” which premiered in January this year.

From MTV:

Written and directed by “Twilight’s” Catherine Hardwicke, the video opens with a warning of its graphic content.

“I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses,” Hardwicke said in a statement.

A portion of the song’s sale proceeds will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.

The single is now available on iTunes.

Donald Trump’s “Special Counsel” Threatens Reporter

Donald Trump’s special counsel Michael Cohen out loud to a reporter

The Daily Beast reported today on Donald Trump’s use of the word “rape” in recent weeks referring to Mexican immigrants. It turns out the Donald has something of a history with the word.

The Daily Beast went back to Trump’s 1990 divorce from his ex-wife Ivana, where she alleged in court documents that he violently assaulted her on one occasion and forced her to have sex invoking the word “rape.”

Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, defended his boss, saying, “You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”

“You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word rape, and I’m going to mess your life up… for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet… you’re going to have judgements against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” he added.

Interesting that a lawyer in New York state would be ignorant of the law regarding spousal rape.  At one time, there was a so-called “marital rape exemption” to the law, but it was struck down in 1984.

In addition, there were other times when the Donald weighed in on cases of alleged rape over the years. Read the story over at The Daily Beast.

In any case, it’s fascinating that this is who a man running for “president” would dispatch to speak for him.

Is Michael Cohen going to threaten heads of state who may not agree with a (never gonna happen) Trump administration?

News Round-Up: December 18, 2014

Channing Tatum covers Esquire Magazine

Seth Rogen really doesn’t have ANYTHING to say about Sony Pictures cancelling release of his film “The Interview” due to terrorist threat

GOP lawmaker introduces bill requiring women to get permission from male partner for abortion unless “legitimate rape”

Denmark says it owns the North Pole

The ACLU of Florida to SCOTUS: “Every day that the couples we represent and the thousands of families across Florida who are also denied the protections of marriage go without those protections, they are suffering real harm.”

Sweet coming out story – High school soccer player comes out by dancing with Homecoming King boyfriend

Michael Martin (L) with his Homecoming King boyfriend, Jem

Australian man bites his rapist’s penis half-off in effective anti-rape technique

An Australian man has been arrested after a serious lesson in “tough love.” After trying to force a late night tryst to perform oral sex on him, the man nearly had his penis bitten off.

From Queerty:

The story goes like this: Man #1 met Man #2 at a nightclub on Saturday night.

After pounding back a few drinks, they went back to Man #1′s apartment in Chermside, a suburb outside of Queensland. And that’s when things took a turn for the worst.

Shortly after arriving at the apartment, Man #2 alleges that Man #1 tried to pin him down and rape him. Man #2 said “No!” and when Man #1 wouldn’t listen, he retaliated by clamping his jaw down on his penis, sinking his teeth into the flesh and causing serious injury and severe bleeding, before fleeing the apartment.

Man #1 was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of rape.

That’s one way to discourage rape…

Missouri man arrested for allegedly searching for someone to rape his 11 year old daugher

Missouri man arrested for allegedly planning to have his 11 year old daughter sexally assaulted

A Missouri man has been arrested after posting a Craigslist ad looking for a woman to sexually assault his 11 year old daughter.

At a press conference Monday, St. Louis County Detective Mike Slaughter said it takes a lot to shock his team of detectives, but when the father appeared at a pre-arranged meeting with the child in hand, they couldn’t believe it:

Slaughter said that the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was called into action after someone reported a Craigslist ad Brinkman posted last week. He told an undercover officer posing as 27-year-old woman that he was looking for a girlfriend and someone who would help him assault the girl with sex toys, according to Slaughter.

If the undercover officer liked what he saw at the Cracker Barrel then the plan was for them all go back to Brinkman’s place and begin sexually assaulting his daughter.

“From the time he posted that ad to the time we arrested him was less than 48 hours,” Slaughter noted.

Brinkman was charged with attempted statutory sodomy and was being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. Prosecutors were considering additional charges for sex trafficking.

(via Raw Story)

New Mexico: GOP lawmaker introduces bill to charge rape victims with “tampering with evidence”

Just when you thought proposed laws couldn’t get wackier…

JMG points out that New Mexico state GOP Rep. Cathrynn Brown has introduced a bill that would charge the victims of rape with a felony for “tampering with evidence” if they get an abortion should their rape result in pregnancy.

“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says. Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it “blatantly unconstitutional” on Thursday. “The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

As both chambers of the New Mexico legislature has Democratic majorities, the bill is expected to fail.

Rep. Steve King says he’s “never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape”

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of
the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn
Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King
also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”

In a statement made later in the day, King’s office ‘clarified’ King’s statement:

“What he
was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped,”
Brittany Lesser, a spokesperson for King said. “He never says, ‘I’ve
never heard of that.’ There’s a fine line between ‘I’ve never heard of
that’ and ‘I don’t know personally anybody who’s been raped. There’s a
difference. There is a difference.”

(Source)

President Obama on Rep. Todd Akin’s “rape” comment

From the President: “Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and doesn’t make sense to me. What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians – the majority of whom are men – making decisions about women’s health.”