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Love Life Loss

An artist mistakes years of friendship for lust, culminating in an assault.

"He has never felt such urgency. Everything is in his way, her jacket, her sweater, the lace bra he imagines she bought for him. He feels the skin of her bare waist, from under the skirt, her thigh. The night has made her skin cool. Her hair snags on the wall. An earring clinks through a sidewalk grate. She turns to avoid his open mouth. Her cheek drags against coarse brick. His eyes are open."

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Meet the College Women Who Are Starting a Revolution Against Campus Sexual Assault

The survivors who “have built the most effective, organized anti-rape movement since the late ’70s.”

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On Rape

On the narrative of sexual coercion.

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The Many Crimes of Mel Hall

A flamboyant player, a charismatic coach, and a sex predator.

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Prey

In the aftermath of rape, a transition from prey to predator.

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A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation

Inside the lack of an investigation into Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

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Spies, Lies and Rape in the Air Force

Jane Neubauer was just out of basic training when a secretive military unit recruited her for an undercover mission. She and the Air Force disagree about what happened next.

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Sexual Assault at God's Harvard

On the culture of abuse and coverup at Patrick Henry College.

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Who Killed Gonzalo Ramirez?

In 1995, Ramirez allegedly raped Patricia Esparza. He was tortured and killed weeks later. Now she’s charged with his murder. Is she responsible?

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The Sordid End of David Meggett

Meggett was an All-Pro running back for the New York Giants. He was also a serial rapist.

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Your Friends and Rapists

An essay on dick culture.

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Boy Next Door

Growing up in a Toronto suburb while a serial rapist is on the loose.

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The War of Rape

Jamie Leigh Jones’s story of gang-rape in Iraq changed the law to help victims, even though she might not have been one herself.

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"A Town Destroyed for What Two People Did"

One year later, a dispatch from Steubenville.

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The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

The Mennonite women of the Manitoba Colony would awake with blood and semen stains, dried grass in their hair, and tiny bits of rope on their wrists and ankles. Their rapists, armed with a veterinary tranquilizer converted to spray form, were eight young men from their own community.

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Trial by Twitter

Was justice served in Steubenville?

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"Weaponize the Media": An Anonymous Rapper's War on Steubenville

What happens when a 26-year-old Kentucky resident decides to investigate a rape case from his computer.

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The Rape of Petty Officer Blumer

“It seemed like everyone gets raped and assaulted and no one does anything about it; it’s like a big rape cult.”

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New Delhi Attack: The Victim's Story

A profile of the 23-year-old woman who was savagely raped on a private bus as it circled New Delhi.

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Rape Case Unfolds on Web and Splits City

A rape case in which most of the evidence lies in the archives of Twitter and Instagram divides a football-crazed town of 18,400.

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Predator in the Ranks

Is a Marine responsible for a series of violent attacks against women?

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Untangling a Rape Case in Crown Heights

She was a thirteen-year-old from the Chabad Lubavitch community who would dip into a barbershop bathroom to swap her orthodox clothes for those of a streetwalker. Her pimping and rape allegations against a group of black men in their twenties, repeatedly recanted and then reaffirmed, would send the D.A.’s office into disarray.

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Death of a Hostess

Twenty-one-year-old Briton Lucie Blackman came to Tokyo and found work in the Roppongi district hostess bars, where businessmen come to flirt with paid companions, and Western women draw a premium fee. Two months later, she disappeared. She would be found underneath a bathtub in a beachside cave.

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The Bravest Woman in Seattle

She survived an evil, gruesome attack. Her partner did not. An account of a victim, a widow, telling her story on the witness stand.

Update, 4/16/12: This piece was just awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
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A Family Obsessed

On February 10, 1982, Lucy Dixon’s daughter was raped. Against all odds, she and her family brought the man to justice.

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“If the Serial Killer Gets Us, He Gets Us”

Houston detectives investigate a series of brutal assaults on prostitutes in the Acres Homes section of the city. They thought they were after one man; it turns out they were wrong.

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The Survivor

When your family is murdered, and the home you had made together is destroyed, and you yourself are beaten and left for dead — as happened to Bill Petit on the morning of July 23, 2007 — it may as well be the end of the world. It is hard to see how a man survives the end of the world. The basics of life — waking up, walking, talking — become alien tasks, and almost impossibly heavy, as you are more dead than alive. Just how does a man go about surviving such a thing? How does a man go on?
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The Girl from Trails End

In Cleveland, TX, nineteen men and boys gang raped an eleven-year-old girl in an abandoned trailer. This is the story of the victim and her community.

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The Rapist Says He's Sorry

A profile of a serial sex offender:

This is a story about how hard it is to be good—or, rather, how hard it is to be good once you’ve been bad; how hard it is to be fixed once you’ve been broken; how hard it is to be straight once you’ve been bent. It is about a scary man who is trying very hard not to be scary anymore and yet who still manages to scare not only the people who have good reason to be afraid of him but even occasionally himself. It is about sex, and how little we know about its mysteries; about the human heart, and how futilely we have responded—with silence, with therapy, with the law and even with the sacred Constitution—to its dark challenge. It is about what happens when we, as a society, no longer trust our futile responses and admit that we have no idea what to do with a guy like Mitchell Gaff.

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The Gentle People

How incest and rape go unpunished in the Amish community.

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The Womanizer's Wife

How Anne Sinclair stuck by Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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I'm Gonna Need You to Fight Me on This

A reporter on how violent sex helped ease her PTSD.

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The Downfall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The anatomy of a scandal.

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Sex Thief

One part rapist, one part con-man; the story of the seemingly unconvictable Hy Doan.

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Prison Rape and the Government

Prison rape is an epidemic; but the bulk of abuses are not by prisoners themselves, but by guards and other prison workers.

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The Curious Case of Joseph and Nicholas Brooks

The father: an Oscar-winning songwriter. The son, a college dropout and partier around downtown New York. Their alleged crimes; serial casting-couch rape (the senior) and a drowning murder in a Soho House bathtub (the junior).

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The Rape and Rescue of Kuwait City

Reporting from Kuwait on the week of its liberation, a brutal account of the atrocities committed during seven months of Iraqi occupation.

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Welcome to Haiti's Reconstruction Hell

On the utter brutality of life in the tent cities, one year after the earthquake.

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My Favorite Teacher

Mr. Lindall was the only high school teacher who understood him. Then Mr. Lindall went to jail, and it was his turn to try to understand.

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Boy Crazy

The rise and fall of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), from its 1970s founding as a splinter group within the gay rights movement to its current incarnation as the most reviled organization in America.

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A Troubled Rape Case

A rape case against a Deputy D.A. brought by a co-worker opens a window into a shockingly kinky and dysfunctional District Attorney’s office, brimming with conflict of interest.

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You’re Not a Rape Victim Unless Cops Say So

This is the story of the night Hannah was not officially raped in Washington, D.C.