A couple who died of bubonic plague were mocked online. Then, a biologist showed up to shut it down with cold, hard science.

Earlier this year, a couple from Mongolia died of bubonic plague after consuming the organs of raw marmot. They believed the action would bring them good health. While that may sound strange, according to the World Health Organization, the eating of rodent meat is considered a folk remedy in the region. The loss of two lives is tragic. But it got worse. Soon after news of the couple’s demise broke out, people began mocking them on social media. After one Tumblr user decided to turn the conversation into a discussion of how the deceased should have just adopted a vegan diet, another used showed up to explain exactly why the post was wrong, rude, and ethnocentric. All images in this …

A women’s aid group has come up with a genius way for survivors to seek help without their abusive partners knowing.

Ending a violent relationship is often extremely dangerous. Even when the abused partner has made up their mind to go, “just leaving” is not an option. The abused partner needs a support system — something the abusive partner works hard to prevent — and a safety plan. In order to put both those things in place, survivors are going to need some help. That’s where shelters and resource centers like Salford Women’s Aid come in. The nonprofit offers help with housing, support groups and safety planning, amongst a variety of other services. The organization also knows that it’s dangerous for those living in abusive relationships to have the phone number of such an organization on their person. So they’ve done …

Two adult men who raped teen girls have walked this week. WTF is wrong with our system?

If you thought the ridiculous outcome of the Brock Turner case was a fluke, think again. Two stories have come through the news cycle this week that show just how messed up our justice system can be when it comes to sexual assault. Two adult men. Two teen girls. One man luring a 14-year-old to his house, giving her alcohol, then raping her. Another man finding a 15-year-old in an online anorexia forum, convincing her to leave her family to live with him at 16, and then holding her captive for a year as his sex slave. The former pled guilty and won’t spend a single day in jail. The latter served eight months in detention and has been sentenced …