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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis apologized for writing letters in support for fellow actor Danny Masterson during his rape trial. Masterson was later found guilty and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women. (Instagram/aplusk)

Hollywood letters of support for Danny Masterson demonstrate the pervasiveness of myths about rape culture

In letters to the judge, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis asked for Masterson to be shown leniency based on his supposedly good character.
Sexual and gender-based violence can seem like an insurmountable problem, but interdisciplinary thinking encourages creative approaches to social change. Queen’s University students in Kingston, Ont., protest sexual assault on campuses in September 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

How students are developing solutions to the problem of campus sexual and gender-based violence

Faculty and university staff are embedding training to prevent gender-based and sexual violence into curricular goals of both arts and STEM classes.
In ‘Beef,’ two L.A. strangers (played by Steven Yeun and Ali Wong) end up in an escalating feud after a road rage incident. The identity of the characters is both incidental and central to the story, blasting through stereotypes. (Andrew Cooper/Netflix)

Will the brilliance of Netflix’s ‘Beef’ be lost in the shadow of a sexual assault controversy? — Podcast

The brilliance of the new Netflix TV show, ‘Beef,’ which looks at loneliness and urban life, is threatened by the controversial history of one of its supporting actors, David Choe.
Andrea Skinner, Interim Chair of the Board of Directors, Hockey Canada appeared as a witness at a House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage in Ottawa on Oct. 4, 2022. Skinner resigned on Oct. 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Hockey Canada in overtime: The troubled organization’s next moves will determine its future

The future of Hockey Canada as an organization is uncertain as its board of directors resigns. However, any future steps must ensure the accountability of the board and the safety of all players.
Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place. Shutterstock.com

Anti-rape devices may have their uses, but they don’t address the ultimate problem

The Rape-aXe ‘female condom’, anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
Mothers iron their daughters’ breasts as a way of preventing early marriage and keeping their daughters in school for longer. Shutterstock

Breast ironing: a harmful practice that doesn’t get sufficient attention

Close to 4 million teenage girls are subjected to breast ironing worldwide. This harmful cultural practice, which is most prevalent in West and Central Africa, needs to stop.

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