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Nicole Maines, History-Making Transgender Teen, Honored By Glamour Magazine

(45) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Nicole Maines, a teenager who made history earlier this year in a landmark transgender rights case, has been named one of Glamour magazine's 50 inspiring women of the year. Nicole, who is 17, was chosen to represent the state of Maine in the series "Hometown Heroes:...

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Bill Cosby's Lawyer Issues Statement On Sexual Assault Allegations

(236) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Bill Cosby will not comment on sexual assault allegations against him that have come under renewed public scrutiny, his lawyer said in a statement Sunday.

"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not...
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La violence conjugale dont personne ne parle

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Imaginez être dans une relation abusive dont vous ne pouvez vous sortir car vous êtes financièrement dépendante de votre concubin. À la suite de ses harcèlements sur votre lieu de travail (appels répétitifs et visites à l'improviste) vous êtes au chômage et avez des difficultés à retrouver un emploi. Dans...

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The Insidious Form Of Domestic Violence That No One Talks About

(282) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 6:55 PM

Imagine you're in an abusive relationship and you desperately want to leave. But your husband controls the family finances, and he doles out only a small amount of cash for necessities each week. You lost your last job because he kept harassing you at work, calling repeatedly and showing up...

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'Private Violence' Exposes The Complex Reality Of Domestic Violence

(11) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:49 PM

A haunting new documentary on domestic violence has a simple goal: to stop people from asking the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" once and for all.

'Private Violence', a feature-length documentary film on the complexities of domestic abuse, airs on HBO on Monday at...

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These Abusers Aren't Allowed To Own Guns. So Why Aren't States Removing Them?

(267) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 5:33 PM

On the worst night of her life, Nicole Beverly was beaten almost unconscious by her husband and then forced to sit beside him as he loaded and unloaded his gun, threatening to kill her. “I was sure I was going to die,” she told The Huffington Post.

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Partial Closure In Brutal Murder As Ex-Boyfriend Pleads Guilty

(28) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 8:31 PM

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A poster of Laura Aceves, pictured with her son Jordan in 2012.


Laura Ponce waited almost two years to hear Victor Acuna-Sanchez admit that he killed her daughter.

On Monday morning, Acuna-Sanchez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years...

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Kerry Washington Sheds Light On An Invisible Kind Of Domestic Abuse

(255) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:28 AM

Kerry Washington wants to keep the conversation about domestic violence going.

On Monday, the Emmy-nominated actress spoke out about an often-overlooked reason why women stay in abusive relationships: financial abuse.

"It's the reason why so many people stay," she said in an interview with The Huffington Post....

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‘He Did Everything He Could To Beat Me Down Until I Felt Worthless. It Almost Worked.’

(91) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of “Why Didn't You Just Leave?”, a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘Once You Have Established An Intimate Relationship With A Person, It's Human Nature To Bond With Them’

(35) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘Why Didn't You Just Leave?’
Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple

(717) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM


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‘I Couldn't Afford The Life We Had Established By Myself. I Was Drowning.’

(134) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Love...

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‘When I Realized That One Of Us Was Going To Die, I Knew I Needed To Leave’

(113) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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‘You Can Either Have Your Friends And Your Family, Or You Can Have Me’

(66) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Love | Money...

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‘I Believed I Could Love The Abuse Out Of Him’

(25) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

This story, as told to Melissa Jeltsen, is part of "Why Didn't You Just Leave?", a HuffPost series on domestic violence in which six women share their reasons for staying in abusive relationships. Each story explores one of the following themes:

Isolation | Money...

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Janay Rice Skewers Media Over Leak Of Elevator Tape

(2134) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:54 AM

One day after a brutal video of Janay Rice being knocked out by her husband and former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released by TMZ, the woman at the center of the national uproar is speaking out.

In an Instagram post published...

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College Quarterback Quits Football After Multiple Concussions

(22) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:57 PM

A college quarterback at the University of Connecticut is quitting football after sustaining multiple concussions.

In a statement released on Monday, the school said Casey Cochran will "permanently discontinue" playing football.

"All those involved in the decision making process feel it is in the best...

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Horrific Footage Of Ray Rice Punching Then-Fiancée Released

(1162) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:19 AM

New video released by TMZ on Monday shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée out cold with a single punch.

The footage, captured in February in the elevator of the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, shows Rice knock Janay Palmer off her...

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The Moral Case Against Football

(166) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Is it immoral to consume violent entertainment that can result in dire, even deadly consequences for its participants? Is it immoral to cheer for a dazzling show knowing it could cause its stars to develop dementia or memory loss or depression?

That is to say, is it immoral to watch...

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David Axelrod Hits Hillary Clinton Over Foreign Policy Dig

(418) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 7:11 PM

Ouch.

David Axelrod lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, taking her to task for her recent comments criticizing President Barack Obama's foreign policy doctrine.

"Just to clarify: 'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision," Obama’s former...

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