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Rape or Sexual Assault? Know the law...

While studying the criminal law this spring, my professor brought to our class's attention that the different states define rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse differently. Most of the definitions are based on the age of the victim, the amount and type of force used, consent, relationship to the victim, mental capacity of the victim and so on. Although the federal government has published a model penal code to encourage consistency across the nation, the states have continued to use their own statutes with varying terms, degrees, and punishment. Of course this has caused much confusion on what constitutes rape, sexual assault, abuse, molestation, sodomy, and even more terms than I can list here. With the ongoing confusion regarding the law, it's also burdens programs and organizations with educating the public and creating awareness. Sexual assault in one state can mean rape in another and vice versa. As I have become more involved in this work and in my legal studies, I ha…

Heroines in Advocacy - Gloria Allred

I recently read Gloria Allred's book Fight Back and Win! and fell in love with her big mouth, courageous spirit and devotion to fighting for victims of abuse, discrimination, and harassment. She's tireless in her efforts and is a phenomenal spokesperson and attorney. She has represented some very high profile clients such as Nicole Simpson's family and Scott Peterson's girlfriend, Amber Frey. She has pulled some pretty ballsy stunts to pave the way for women, of which she details in her book. She's quite something. I am posting her profile and her photo that I found on her website.

"Gloria Allred was born on July 3, 1941 – an only child in a working-class home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. from New York University and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. She was also awarded an Honorary J.D. from the University of West Los…