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Sexual Violence Center heals wounds of ‘a rape culture’


Small, quaint, intimate, private, relatable — words to describe the space and the open house held by the Sexual Violence Center in North Minneapolis. Annex Teen Clinic, UROC, and the Minneapolis Police Department were all a part of the many groups and organizations that attended this event held January 13.
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Message to student-athletes: ‘No means no!’


Apparently based on recent events, two suggested prerequisite courses for all college studentathletes at all three NCAA division schools should be, first, an English class on the true meaning of the word “no,” and second a class on “making right choices.”

A former Hamline University men’s basketball player was recently charged with felony second-degree assault after he allegedly hit a woman in the face while in Spokane, Washington on New Year’s Eve. When she heard about the incident, Crystal Flint briefly chatted with one of her sons: “I told him that no one knew how it was going to turn, [but] somebody has to do the morally correct thing and go…at least tell somebody,” she recalls. If Flint, herself a former University of Minnesota student-athlete, is successful in convincing her youngster to do the “morally correct thing,” it will help eradicate the notion of individual willfulness embedded in too many young people’s minds that falsely tells them that whatever they do, rightly or wrongly, is acceptable these days. This notion we adults have somehow, consciously or unconsciously, planted and watered in them, thus enabling them and bankrupting them morally. This is even more so if the young person has been tagged a “star athlete” in his or her formative years, depriving them of understanding and of consistently hearing the word “no.” Sometimes we see a dangerous pattern developing and allow it to go unchecked. Continue Reading →

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Seven: Play captures the struggles of women around the globe



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


“One of the most intriguing things about this play is that it is truly documentary theater,” says actor Anna Wakefield of her participation in the Chain Reaction Theatre Project production Seven. “All of the text is taken verbatim from interviews with the women on whom the play is based. I am proud and honored that I will be able to help Chain Reaction Theatre Project introduce them to audiences around the Twin Cities metro area. “[My] character, Mukhtar Mai, is a woman from rural Pakistan who was gang-raped by men from neighboring tribe of a higher caste. Unexpectedly, Mai reported the crime and with her settlement money, she opened several schools in rural Pakistan.”

To be sure, the Twin Cities, with its renown for awareness of women’s issues, is an excellent climate in which to share such a script. Continue Reading →

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