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Petitions Seek to Defend Hacker Who Helped Bring Justice for Steubenville Rape Victim Against Federal Charges

In a twist of events, hacker Deric Lostutter of Kentucky, may face up to ten years in prison for hackivist activity. According to Reuters, the FBI is investigating his role in the efforts to uncover and publicize those involved in a rape that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio. Lostutter belonged to KnightSec, which was responsible for releasing the viral video of a former Big Red baseball player, Michael Nodianos, joking about the rape. The video, posted in December 2012 on, is of a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask demanding a public apology from the attackers, and threatening to reveal social security numbers and other sensitive information of those involved if they didn't apologize. Though Lostutter admitted to being the man in the video, he does not claim responsibility for hacking the website or posting the video. Note: Information, photos and video may contain graphic details of sexual assault.

To Eliminate Violence Against Women: Educate, Empower and Eradicate

The UN marks November 25 every year as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which also begins the "16 Days of Activism" campaign counting down to Human Rights Day on December 10.

Jerry Sandusky Trial Leads to Rise in Calls to National Sexual Assault Online Hotline

In a story about sentencing of ex- Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, the Los Angeles Times reports:


“Since the Sandusky story first broke, usage of RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline has increased 47%, as thousands of survivors have come forward for the first time.


'Now that Sandusky