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Photographer Captures His Best Friend's Last Day

(34) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:47 PM

On Mother's Day 2011, photographer B.D. Colen got an unexpected call from his college best friend, Rev. Bill Potter. Potter, a 62-year-old Episcopal clergyman and a heavy smoker who had spent months volunteering at Ground Zero, was dying of lung cancer.

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New Play Tackles Infamous Gang Rape In India To Break The Silence About Sexual Violence

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 11:16 AM


Photo by Sinbad Phugra

When Poorna Jagannathan learned about the fatal gang rape that occurred on a bus in Delhi, India, in 2012, it hit far too close to home.

For one, she used to live next door to the...

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Gun Violence Survivors Demand Action: 'We Can Do Better Than This'

(1250) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:21 PM

NEW YORK -- Richard Martinez’s right wrist bulges with rubber bracelets, each one inscribed with a name and given to him by a grieving family shattered by an act of gun violence.

Around his left wrist is the watch his son, Christopher, was wearing when he was killed. Martinez...

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Arkansas Governor Signs Domestic Violence Bill Dubbed 'Laura's Law'

(90) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 2:40 PM


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs "Laura's Law" as Laura Ponce (far right) watches. Ponce's daughter, Laura Aceves, pictured in the framed photo, was killed in 2012 and inspired the legislation.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill on Wednesday requiring...

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Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies

(276) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:17 PM

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died.

Local paper The Charlotte Observer initially reported that Blake Brockington, 18, died Monday in an apparent suicide. The news was confirmed to...

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Joe Biden: Domestic Violence Is A 'Public Health Epidemic'

(163) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden called domestic violence a "public health epidemic" that requires urgent attention in an address Friday to an audience of the country's preeminent medical, public health and domestic violence experts.

"All of you in this room who are doctors, nurses, researchers, social workers from...

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Disturbing Report Finds New York's Female Prisoners Illegally Shackled During Labor

(93) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:10 PM

New York state prison authorities have continued the illegal practice of shackling pregnant inmates during labor, fail to provide most female prisoners with enough sanitary napkins and toilet paper, and do not train medical staff to work with trauma survivors -- a crucial oversight, since the majority of incarcerated women...

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New Report Paints Devastating Picture Of Violence Against Women In Egypt

(66) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 5:39 PM

A leading human rights group said Wednesday that Egypt is failing to protect its women from widespread violence and criticized the country's authorities for "token" legal reforms that have not translated into real change.

The damning report, released by Amnesty International, urged the government to present a...

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Mark Strand, Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Dies At 80

(10) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Mark Strand, one of America's leading poets, has died at age 80.

His daughter confirmed the death to The New York Times, and said the cause was cancer.

Strand was born in 1934 in Canada and was raised in the United States. His career as a...

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China Drafts First National Law Against Domestic Violence

(5) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 1:10 PM

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence in a momentous step forward for women's rights.

The draft legislation, which was released on Tuesday, creates a formal definition of domestic violence for the first time and streamlines the process of obtaining restraining orders.

Reached at midnight...

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Michael Brown's Mom: Darren Wilson Testimony Adds 'Insult After Injury'

(168) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 7:25 AM

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. appeared on NBC's "TODAY" show on Wednesday morning to discuss the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of their son Michael Brown.

McSpadden described the last 36 hours as "sleepless, very hard, heartbreaking and unbelievable."

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

(48) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 1:10 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

(242) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 10:18 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

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 11:39 AM

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

(300) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:55 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 | 4:49 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?

(279) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 4:33 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

(30) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 7:31 PM


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

(257) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:28 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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