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Sexual Violence

The Modus Operandi of ISIS: A War Waged on the Battleground of Women's Bodies

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Surveying events in Syria, Erika Feller, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is sounding the alarm that sexual violence is being utilized "as a weapon of war." This clearly extends to Iraq with ISIS' increasing operational tactic of inducing widespread fear through rape and kidnapping.

Public Monument to Rape Survivors Garners Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Even though I am around it constantly, the power of the quilt still surprises me at moments.

These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

A new study reflects a troubling reality regarding sexual assault on Skid Row. The Downtown Women's Action Coalition, which aims to improve housi...

Connecting Sexual Violence with the Need for Comprehensive Sex Education

Pamela Zimmerman | Posted 08.11.2014 | New York
Pamela Zimmerman

Comprehensive sex education provides young people the tools they need to build healthy relationships and prevent sexual violence in our communities.

The Ray Rice Teachable Moment: Coaching Boys Into Men

M.L. Carr | Posted 08.08.2014 | Sports
M.L. Carr

Some people are asking, "What kind of message is the NFL sending to women and girls about how they are valued in society?" We have another question: What kinds of messages are young boys receiving from the Ray Rice incident?

There's No Easy Answer to Sexual Violence in India

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Murali Balaji

India's sexual violence is unique in some ways, but in others, it reflects the global crisis of violence against women, particularly girls.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

Women Don't Feel As Safe As Men On College Campuses

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.26.2014 | College

Women feel less safe on college campuses than their male counterparts, according to a recent Chegg survey. The survey found 43 percent of female s...

War Criminal Accepts Conviction and Expresses Regret for Victims' Suffering: What About Reparations?

Stephen Smith Cody | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Stephen Smith Cody

Few observers expected Germain Katanga, a militia leader found guilty of promoting ruthless attacks on civilians in eastern Congo, to lay down his arms and accept the judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Mona R. Washington | Posted 06.25.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

Cast: CONCERNED AMERICAN ONE and CONCERNED AMERICAN TWO Setting: American supermarket. Rush hour. June 25, 2014.

Why We Must Act When Women in Iraq Document Rape

Clare Winterton | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Clare Winterton

Like many of you, I've been glued to the news from Iraq. As I read headlines of unspeakable crimes and sectarian violence, I notice there's something missing: the voices of Iraqi women. As with most conflicts, rape is used as a weapon of war. Iraq is no exception.

Seeking Justice -- Or at Least the Truth -- For 'Comfort Women'

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Christine Ahn

On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing, a communal home established for former "comfort women" in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace.

How Do Witnesses Feel Testifying Against Accused War Criminals?

Stephen Smith Cody | Posted 06.24.2014 | World
Stephen Smith Cody

Witnesses who testify at the International Criminal Court (ICC) against accused war criminals often take great risks to do so. Yet, until now, their voices have been missing from discussions about how the ICC is fulfilling its responsibility to prepare and protect those who testify.

Rape Culture, Bob Jones University and the End of Forgiveness

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

After spending the first half of my life in the church, I've come to the conclusion that evangelical culture is largely dysfunctional in its understanding of "forgiveness." And nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the recent report by Al Jazeera America on Bob Jones University.

The Culture of Rape in South Asia

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Raza Habib Raja

Misogyny is a universal phenomenon which is prevalent in every society in varying degrees and in different forms. Rape is one of the most perverted expressions of misogyny as it bestows ultimate humiliation on the victim.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict: Turning Commitment into Action

Catherine Russell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Preventing sexual violence in armed conflict is a matter of international peace and security. Sexual violence fuels conflict, forces people to flee their homes and countries and is often linked to cyclical violence and other human rights abuses.

Setting the Record Straight on Sexual Assaults on Campus

Mona Shattell | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Mona Shattell

Student activist groups suggest that we should be skeptical of the number of assaults that universities track and they are frustrated with the denial and minimization of the problem of sexual assault on college campuses.

A Disposable Life: Sexual Violence and State in India

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Suchitra Vijayan

In the politics of disposability, people -- and sometimes entire social groups -- are considered valueless. They have increasingly become invisible, unknowable and expendable without any discernible rights

Guys With Guns

John Feffer | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
John Feffer

We've had wars on drugs, on poverty, on cancer. We've had so many such wars that even our metaphors are now locked and loaded. Meanwhile, the guys with guns continue to wage their very real wars at home and abroad. Before we retire "war as metaphor," however, we should wage one last conflict: a war on guns.

An Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie

Kim Thuy Seelinger, JD | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Kim Thuy Seelinger, JD

We applaud the initiative for tackling these difficult issues, and we look forward to working with policy-makers to support efforts that will go beyond punishment and retribution to effectively treat, prevent, and ultimately end sexual violence in conflict. We only hope that this critical action is evidence-based.

Fathers Who Are Redefining Manhood

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

Tony Porter, Armond Mosley and others are doing phenomenal work in leading men towards a more holistic definition of manhood.

Amal and Angelina: Real Life Wonder Women

Anushay Hossain | Posted 08.13.2014 | Women
Anushay Hossain

It is so important for women to have role models like this, to see women doing really excellent work for human rights. Women need to see more of this so we can be more of this: independent female powerhouses working together.

Kerry Joins Jolie's Call To End Use Of Rape In War

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined Hollywood actress Angelina Joli...

College Rape: A Privilege?

Ariel Koren | Posted 08.12.2014 | College
Ariel Koren

I wonder, George, how it feels to have mocked the story of a woman who was raped by a friend whom she asked not to have sex with her?

Third Woman In 2 Weeks Reportedly Found Raped And Hanged In India

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

Nearly two weeks after two teenage girls were found raped and hanged from a mango tree in northern India, a 44-year-old woman was found hanged from a ...