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'I'm Not Saying She Deserved To Be Raped, BUT' Is Possibly The Worst Way To Begin A Sentence. Ever.

I had to watch this more than a few times to make sure I actually heard what I thought I heard. Sadly, I did. I went to law school, so I tried really, really hard to put my attorney hat on and understand where this guy was coming from. But I couldn't. New rule: If you start a sentence with "I'm not saying that she deserved to be raped, but..." like this lawyer does when referring to a 14-year-old who says she was raped, you'd better have a good ending to that sentence. Watch all the way to 2:56, where Fox News' Shepard Smith finally says what I'm thinking, but with nicer, more adult words.

'I'm Not Saying She Deserved To Be Raped, BUT' Is Possibly The Worst Way To Begin A Sentence. Ever.

I know the focus is justifiably going to be on the incredibly dumb things this guy says, but as wildly speculative as his commentary is, it's important to remember that his attitude of victim-blaming and character assassination is sadly too common when we talk about rape with each other and in the media.


I do not accept this sort of idiocy. My daughter, my son, and all of humanity deserve better.

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In 1945, the world had just endured the bloodiest war in history. World leaders were determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. They wanted to build a better future, one free from the "scourge of war" so they signed the UN Charter — creating a global organization of nations that could deter and repel aggressors, mediate conflicts and broker armistices, and ensure collective progress.

Over the following 75 years, the UN played an essential role in preventing, mitigating or resolving conflicts all over the world. It faced new challenges and new threats — including the spread of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, a Cold War and brutal civil wars, transnational terrorism and genocides. Today, the UN faces new tensions: shifting and more hostile geopolitics, digital weaponization, a global pandemic, and more.

This slideshow shows how the UN has worked to build peace and security around the world:

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Malians wait in line at a free clinic run by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali in 2014. Over their 75 year history, UN peacekeepers have deployed around the world in military and nonmilitary roles as they work towards human security and peace. Here's a look back at their history.

Photo credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

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