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Savannah Deitrich is one tough young woman. Dietrich, 17, passed out after drinking at a party last August. While unconscious two teen boys she knew raped her, videotaping the whole thing and distributing pictures on the internet. Dietrich faces jail time after identifying her attackers on Twitter and in violation of the confidentiality of the plea hearing, after they accepted a deal she felt was too lenient. Attorneys for her attackers want her jailed and Deitrich is fighting back, insisting she has a right to speak about her case. Wow. That’s brave.
More horrific teen-on-teen violence. An Ohio school has agreed to a settle a lawsuit following the vicious beating of a gay student. There was a video in that one too. I suppose the “good news” in these situations is the fact that technology has served a role in bringing these offenders to justice.
Since the Boy Scouts decided to reaffirm a commitment to hate, here’s a list of what they can learn from the Girl Scouts.
Religiously-affiliated institutions and conservative governors rushed to court to challenge the Obama administration’s birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act and it’s showing as the first two decisions come down, both dismissing the challenges. Only twenty-two more to go.
In Minnesota pregnancy tests are going to start showing up in bars and restaurants. The goal, say proponents of the tests, is to get women to avoid drinking while pregnant and if the tests are there to put away any doubts in a pinch.
By the way, Michele Bachmann’s witch hunt isn’t winning her any friends, even among conservatives.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) filled a vacancy on the state’s Board of Health with a notorious anti-abortion physician who was part of the drafting team for the state’s controversial TRAP regulations.
Mindy Townsend takes on the Texas Republican party and it’s platform removing the teaching of critical thinking skills.
With all the sadness and senselessness coming from Aurora here’s a small glimmer of good news on the gun control front.
Here comes the Olympics and 6 female Olympians to watch.
Lastly, 3 ways women are changing Silicon Valley culture.
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