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On Our Radar: August 31st
• St. Paul’s sexual-assault survivor Chessy Prout spoke publicly for the first time this week because, she says, “I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been. It’s been two years now since the whole ordeal, and I feel ready to stand up and own what happened to me and make sure other people, other girls and boys, don’t need to be ashamed, either.” Owen Labrie was acquitted of three counts of felony sexual assault, but convicted on three lesser misdemeanor charges in Prout’s 2014 sexual assault. [The Cut]
• “I can’t remember a time when my wheelchair wasn’t an integral part of my life and a literal extension of my body.” [The Establishment]
• More than six decades after his lynching, there at least three screen adaptations of the story of Emmett Till in the works. [The New York Times]
• Inspired by the case of Stanford rapist Brock Turner, California lawmakers passed a bill this week that will close a loophole in rape sentencing cases. [The Los Angeles Times]
• This is great: The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media worked with Google and the USC School of Engineering to create a scorecard software for film and TV that assesses how women and people of color are represented. [Fusion]
Here’s what we published yesterday at Bitch!
• A reader Ask(s) Bear: I know my boyfriend is abusive. Why can’t I leave?
• This feels less like an election and more like an ongoing harassment campaign.
• Will Star Trek get its new female lead right?