First, a trigger warning: this is a thread regarding the sexual assault on the adult film star, Cytherea, so if you don't want to read about such violence, don't. Moving on: On January 19th, 2015, at around 07:30 on Martin Luther King Day, a group of five teenagers invaded the home of adult film star, Cytherea, where she lives with her husband and 6 & 7yo sons. The teenagers robbed the family at gun point, beat up her husband, and then three of them (Qumaire Rainey, 18; Edward London, 17; and Casey Franks, 16, the two other 17yos have also been caught, but their names have not been released) raped Cytherea four times, choking her at the same time while she begged them to stop, again at gun point, while her husband and sons where there. The following day, the five teenagers broke into another home, attempting to do the same thing all over again. Thing was, the woman whose house they broke into, had a gun, so while the armed men still ransacked her home and took her car, they couldn't rape her, and a few weeks later, the Metro police caught the teenagers who are now waiting for their trial (all three rapists will be tried as adults). The outcome is ironic considering e.g. Libby Nelson wrote for Vox that female students shouldn't be allowed to carry firearms because, according to her, it "devalues sexual assault." Anyway, it turned out these fuckers didn't even know it was Cytherea's house: they just literally kicked in the door of a random house, and went for it. All the suspects have criminal histories and knew one another from detention. In my book, what they did to Cytherea and her family was fucking brutal, worthy of a life sentence (if I got to pick the sentence). But that's beside the point. Here's what, in addition to the actual incident, brings my piss to a boil: Some media outlets have reported the rape, but the coverage has been fairly minimal in comparison to e.g. the Rolling Stone/University of Virginia rape claims. Feminist bloggers, whom I (as a fellow feminist) expected to jump on the case, spread the word, and support Cytherea, have ignored the incident entirely. Another porn star, Mercedes Carrera, who doesn't even know Cytherea personally, started a charity for her to raise money for the family in their time of need since, understandably, Cytherea can't do her job i.e. porn after the assault, meaning she can't earn her keep at the moment, hence the charity (not that the incident, in and of itself, wasn't deserving enough). Now, Carrera has tried spreading the message while also contacting people like Anita Sarkeesian (one of the most prominent and famous feminists today), but so far the response hasn't been positive or negative. The response has been perfect radio silence. According to Carrera, Sarkeesian never even responded to her. I get that Cytherea is a porn star, I get that Carrera is a porn star, that she is also pro-GamerGate (while Sarkeesian and the feminist media are largely very anti-GamerGate), but do we have to make a political issue out of this too? This isn't about fucking politics, it's about the suffering of a real family. This is about a real woman who survived real rape, a real assault, and whose family survived the assault. This is about helping them, especially since sex workers don't always get equal treatment in society (e.g. Carrera has tried raising charities for many good causes, but several organizations have refused her simply because she's a porn star and here, too, we see that Cytherea's case doesn't get as much media coverage as one would expect). I don't have money, so I can't donate to the charity, but if nothing else, I can do my part in raising awareness of the situation when so many prominent media outlets and media personalities are staying silent and ignoring this family's suffering. It's the same thing with the Rotherham case (where several underage girls were groomed and repeatedly raped by organized gangs), how so many media outlets and media personalities, including most famous feminists, completely ignore the situation, yet claim to give a damn about women's suffering, sexual violence, and rape culture. Where's the outrage? Oh, but we have a self-proclaimed asshole like Arthur Chu speaking out against the charity for Cytherea, saying people shouldn't support it because he's anti-GamerGate, and Carrera is pro-GamerGate (even though Carrera didn't tag any of her Tweets regarding the charity with #GamerGate or #NotYourShield). You know what? To Hell with GamerGate, to Hell with political grand-standing, and show some fucking compassion for a suffering fellow human. Anyway, sorry about the ranty tone, but the situation is so absurd, people making a big deal about harassment, stare rape, sexism in video games, manspreading etc, but when we have a case of real violence against a real woman... nothing. Where's Rolling Stone now? I don't know, but what I do know is that they aren't writing an article about Cytherea. Thoughts?