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    Posted March 3, 2012 by
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    Rush Underestimated Us & It's Costing Him

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     drthema says, 'I was motivated to respond because of the hateful verbal attack on this young woman. As a psychologist I know the impact this type of attack can have. I wanted women to know that they are not alone and that we have collective power.' Read more on this story.
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    Rush Limbaugh launched his verbal sexist attack at the start of Women's History Month. He was probably aware that experiences of sexism can make women feel depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, shocked, and shamed. He was clearly however not aware of the recent psychological research showing the bystander effect of women witnessing other women being disrespected. Women and men have been motivated to act and it is costing him sponsors. Now days later he has given a semi-apology but that is not enough. We have to make sure that we don't just respond when the target is a law student in a public forum but when any women or girl is verbally assaulted.
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