Sexual Assault

A groundbreaking new film about a woman coping with the aftermath of sexual assault will have its Wisconsin premiere on April 19 at the Orpheum. more


A chilling 12,000-word story about a serial rapist nabbed in 2011 is generating national buzz. One of the rape victims was pressured by police to recant. The same thing happened in Madison in late 1997. more

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Lauren Justice

A fierce thunderstorm last Thursday night didn’t dampen the resolve of thousands of activists who mobilized to protest sexual violence after a brutal Sept. 12 rape. But for longtime anti-violence advocates, the fight started long ago. more



David Michael Miller

A new book by Jon Krakauer attacks the problem of “date rape” at its core. more


The governor has said he doesn’t care whether the Legislature sends him a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for rape or incest. more

Citizen Dave

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget ends the requirement for UW System schools to report sexual assaults to the state, at the request of UW System officials, who already report the information to the federal government. more


This was no ordinary debate in the Wisconsin Legislature. more


Here's a sampling of letters I got in response to "A Sexual Assault Sham" (11/4/11), in which a letter writer named Give a Guy a Break questioned a local woman's sexual assault allegation against Ald. Brian Solomon. Her side of the story was printed more

Tell All

Dear Tell All: Maybe it's because I'm a man, but I'm outraged by the recent headlines about Madison Ald. Brian Solomon. A female city employee accused Solomon of sexually assaulting her. more

Tell All


Mary Langenfeld

A federal appellate court has granted a new trial to Madison businessman Gordon "Gordy" Sussman, convicted in 2005 of multiple counts of child molestation and possession of child pornography. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in a decision releas more


I usually try not to stray too far outside of Wisconsin politics, but this is just too abhorrent to ignore: House Republicans are currently trying to pass H.R. 3, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." In addition to the whole thing be more

Emily's Post

What follows is a letter of apology and commendation sent March 15, 2004, by Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard to a Madison woman named Patty, against whom his office previously filed a criminal charge for making a false report of sexual more

From the archives

Thanks to some excellent reporting by a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting and the UW's Journalism School, the issue of sexual assault on campus -- and how it's dealt with (or not) -- was brought to light ye more

Emily's Post

Further evidence, if any were needed, that rape victims maybe ought to just keep their mouths shut comes in the form of the Dane County District Attorney's official response to Lorraine Cook. more



Eric Tadsen

Earlier this week I was in Durham, North Carolina, serving as Madison's ambassador to the South. I was there as part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month to give a talk about my book, "Cry Rape". more


Lorraine Cook knew right away she'd be in trouble. When she made it back home, crying, after being brutally raped, she told her girlfriend, "I'm probably going to jail." She was right. more


Since 1984, Paul has molested or raped at least four girls between the ages of 7 and 14, crimes for which he served nearly 10 years in prison. Sitting in a Willy Street coffee shop, Paul, 40, explains that he is no longer attracted to prepubescent fe more

Isthmus Cover Stories

Early this month, a state appeals court upheld the conviction of Joseph Bong, 31, on multiple felony counts for a 1997 sexual assault of a Madison woman named Patty. more



Dal Lazlo

Patty's story was discussed at length at a recent international conference on sexual assault in Houston. A former law enforcement officer has given a talk called "Duke vs. Cry Rape" to groups of other cops. more


For all Wray's nice-sounding words about treating victims with sensitivity and respect, the policy he unveiled at a press conference Tuesday explicitly allows the use of police trickery and deception against people who report being victims of rape... more