Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Friday Links


Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:

When Feminists Take On Judges Over Rape

Rape survivor opens the UK’s first maternity clinic for sexual assault victims

In case you missed it: Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker

I do not know your name — but I see your unconquerable spirit.
I see the limitless potential of an incredibly talented young woman — full of possibility. I see the shoulders on which our dreams for the future rest.
I see you.
You will never be defined by what the defendant’s father callously termed “20 minutes of action.”
His son will be.
I join your global chorus of supporters, because we can never say enough to survivors: I believe you. It is not your fault.
What you endured is never, never, never, NEVER a woman’s fault.

— Joe Biden Writes An Open Letter To Stanford Survivor

To Brock Turner’s Father, From Another Father

Who is the judge who gave Brock Turner 6 months?

Prospective Jurors Refuse to Serve Under Aaron Persky, the Judge in Brock Turner Case

Sign the Petition to Remove Judge Aaron Persky from the Bench For Decision in Brock Turner rape case

“I recently got into an argument with a professor friend about the plausibility of restructuring higher education and the professions so that women — and men — wouldn’t have to hustle for positions like partner or associate professor just as they reach peak fertility. Many universities, I said, now stop the tenure clock for a year when assistant professors have children. My friend laughed. A year is nothing when it comes to a baby, she said. She’d never have won tenure if she’d had her son first.”

— How to Fix Feminism: Hillary Clinton’s generation aimed to free women from domestic prisons. But work is a prison, too.

Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to and if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!

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9 comments… add one
  • girltuesday June 10, 2016, 12:17 pm

    I really appreciate how much Joe Biden has been behind this. I think he sets a fabulous example of how men can do more when it comes to assault, sexism, etc. Thank you, VP Biden!

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    Addie Pray June 10, 2016, 12:22 pm

    I have been so moved by the pitiful Stanford rapist sentencing. I’ve re-read the victim’s statement so many times, and I keep Googling it to see what else has been said or done in the aftermath. In a way, I think the pitiful sentence has done so much more than a hefty sentence could have done. We may not have ever seen that powerful victim’s statement. I hope everyone everywhere reads it at least once. And learns from it. I really liked what Joe Biden wrote, too.

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      Addie Pray June 10, 2016, 12:24 pm

      I mean, moved to anger about the sentencing – and then moved to tears by the victim’s statement and the outpouring of support I’m seeing/reading in the aftermath. In case my first sentence read funny. But you get it…

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    • keyblade June 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

      I liked what Biden wrote, too. I don’t know why, but I keep thinking about it, too. I’m oddly fixated on the reaction of his classmates, grandparents, parents, and siblings. His statement and his dad’s statement make it seem like he is planning to go on campus tours and rail against alcohol and party culture. I hope there is no future for him as a mouthpiece on the issue.

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    Addie Pray June 10, 2016, 12:28 pm

    Wow look at this – I can’t imagine this judge will last much longer in his position; I predict he’ll resign soon. Can you imagine?

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      Dear Wendy June 10, 2016, 12:48 pm

      That’s great. I just added this link to the ones above — thanks for sharing!

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  • keyblade June 10, 2016, 1:03 pm

    More about drug and drinking culture in Oakwood, the small town where Brock never had any real experience drinking or partying.

    There is a good piece in the Washington Post by a professor from the area. There are also some articles explaining the support Brock has received. Unfortunately I’ve reached my monthly free limit of articles so I can’t post the links.

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    • ginger June 11, 2016, 8:00 am

      It wasn’t that long ago that being “never told no” was an excuse for driving drunk and killing and maiming people… “affluenza” I’m surprised they didn’t try to justify the rapists action the same way.

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  • Anonymousse June 10, 2016, 2:55 pm

    Add this to the multitude of disgusting news stories this week.

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