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There may be little legal recourse for the women in R Kelly’s alleged cult

  • BuzzFeed’s bombshell report on the disturbing abuse allegations against singer R. Kelly told the stories of multiple young women living in his so-called “cult,” reportedly under the singer’s complete control.
  • It also told the stories of their parents, who are fighting to get them back.
  • So far, their parents’ attempts at legal intervention — even with the aid of local and federal authorities — have come up short. 
  • Experts told Mic that’s largely because, as a result of the singer’s alleged psychological manipulation, the adult women in Kelly’s grip don’t see themselves as victims.
  • “There’s this coercive control at play here,” Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality at the National Women’s Law Center, said in a Tuesday phone interview. “This is frequently an issue in domestic violence cases — a lot of the emotionally and psychologically abusive behaviors aren’t necessarily criminal, especially in the context of an intimate partner relationship.” Read more (7/19/17)

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This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funds. Title IX opened doors for women and girls in school to pursue sciences and sports, and also protects women from sexual harassment and violence — although there’s still a lot of work to do to eradicate sexual violence on campus. 

Happy birthday, Title IX. Here’s to continuing to make school a more equal place for women.

(h/t National Women’s Law Center)

purrfectcakes  asked:

My teacher said the wage gap between men and women exists because women often agree to be paid the first wage offer the employer makes, while men discuss a better one right away (I mean right at the beginning of the job). Is this true? Or is it just an excuse to make it sound like women are at fault for having lower wages?

The wage gap between men and women exists because women are systematically discriminated against in the workplace. The wage gap is even bigger for women of color. Your teacher is absolutely wrong. I’d recommend checking out the extensive information page on equal pay and the wage gap from the National Women’s Law Center for more detailed information.