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Sexual Violence

Porn, Sexting, Violence: Police Officer Christy Girard Talks Cybercrime

Katherine Du | Posted 10.02.2015 | Crime
Katherine Du

Cyberbullying and other risky behaviors associated with social media are increasing because children are receiving phones at younger and younger ages.

13 Powerful Photos Show People Declaring ‘My Body, My Terms’

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women

"My body. My terms." That's the powerful slogan and name of a new campaign that hopes to spark some honest and open conversations about sex, con...

Leniency or Amnesty for Victims of Campus Sexual Violence? The Role of Religion

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

The intent of amnesty clauses is to allow students to report sexual assault without fear of punishment for other policy or legal violations.

An Untitled Poem

Anonymous Young Woman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Anonymous Young Woman

When I was six years old, I gave my first blowjob. When I was fifteen, I was groped on a bus. At eighteen, I was told that sexism doesn't exist in modern society. I was told that harassment couldn't be as bad as us women make it out to be. I am now nineteen years old. I am now tired.

Preventing Campus Sexual Assault -- The Challenges Ahead

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.24.2015 | College
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Considering these factors and our cultural context together, it becomes clear that change will not come easily or quickly. Yet, with thoughtful, specialized outreach, we can and should find ways to reach students during this psychologically and emotionally tumultuous time of their adult lives.

No More Empty Chairs

Andrea Pino | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
Andrea Pino

We are failing our students because we as a society, care more about headlines, and politics, and "school pride" than we care about the people who make up our student body.

Closed Mouth Syndrome

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 09.11.2015 | Crime
Sophia Williams-Baugh

The 'closed mouth' syndrome leads to pain creating pain. If people worried more about talking things over with their children, we probably wouldn't have so many cases of child rape and molestation reports in the news WEEKLY.

Around Labor Day Weekend Years Ago, I Made the Boldest Decision of My 15-year-old Life

Kit Murray Maloney | Posted 09.07.2015 | Women
Kit Murray Maloney

My surprise over first hearing about this case was not that there was an assault on campus, but that there was a young woman brave enough to come forward. That further begs the question, "What are we teaching our young men?"

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Women
Jennifer Rollin

Unfortunately, victim blaming is still a frequent occurrence when the topic of sexual assault arises. Media coverage and comments that place blame upon the survivor, only serve to perpetuate the shame and guilt that they may already be experiencing

Supporting Survivors of Violence in Post-Earthquake Nepal

UN Women | Posted 08.21.2015 | Impact
UN Women

Even though she continues to receive threats from her father's friends in the community, BK has found her voice and strength. She wants to go back to her village and help other women in her community.

How One Sexual Assault Survivor Is Helping Others Take Back Their Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women

Olivia was a preteen when her mother died of ovarian cancer. One year later, she was raped.  When Olivia reached her 20s, her doctor began encour...

A Day of Rage

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Anthony Lake

Women and girls are not only seen as the spoils of war and conflict, but their rape has been used as an instrument of war to terrorize populations and enemies into surrender and submission. They become the particular victims of genocide.

'Why Don't They Just Leave?' Domestic Violence Goes Beyond Physical Abuse

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Society for Women's Health Research

After witnessing firsthand the damage caused by financial abuse, Dr. Green founded Second Chance Employment Services (SCES), a nonprofit organization that helps promote financial security for survivors of domestic violence.

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

7 Things We Know About Getting Men Involved in Gender Equality

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Even though we're seeing the first serious contender for a female head of state in the United States, and high box office sales from a romantic comedy with a complex female protagonist, we're still quite a ways -- at least 80 years at the current rate of change -- from seeing true gender equality.

Campus SaVE Act Responds to College Campus Sexual Violence

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Marcia G. Yerman

Students starting college this coming fall will be the first to benefit from the Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), which will require colleges to have "prevention and awareness" programs about sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence in place.

Nobel Prize Winners Demand Better Health Care For Victims Of Sexual Violence In Colombia

Fox News Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 07.22.2015 | Latino Voices

Six Nobel Prize winners, led by America's Jody Williams, wrote a letter supporting the action being taken by five organizations demanding that victim...

'If You Build It, They Will Come': The Survivor Clinic Tackles Sex Trafficking in New York City

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.

Whom Do We Look At After a Tragedy?

Mike Domitrz | Posted 06.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mike Domitrz

Nine people were killed in an act of racial terrorism. As our country and the world continues to discuss what brings so much pain, terror, and violence into our lives, one of the common reactions after a tragedy is for people to ask, "Why?"

His Watch Has Ended, And So Has Mine: An Open Letter To 'Game Of Thrones'

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Sezin Koehler

I can't in good conscience, feminist and otherwise, continue watching a show that is so blatant -- so over the top -- in its sexism and misogyny and makes no apologies for it. As a human being, I agree with Tyrion Lannister: "There's always been enough death in the world for my taste: I can do without it in my leisure time."

A Deadly Double Standard

Ellen Snortland | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

We agree that men should stop raping. We agree there needs to be a systemic challenge to culture. We are squarely behind third party interveners, female and male. However, sexual predators are canny about attacking when no "good guys or gals" are around. What then?

Why Isn't Self-Defense Training Available to Every Woman Who Wants It?

Jocelyn Hollander | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Jocelyn Hollander

Self-defense training has been completely left out of the current rush to develop effective prevention strategies, especially on college campuses.

5 Reasons Why We Need More Guns on Campus

Jack Levison | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Jack Levison

The Texas legislature has passed Senate Bill 11, which allows college students to carry a concealed, holstered gun into college campus buildings. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.

A Manifesto for Women as Agents of Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Men and women who have not had opportunities to question gender roles, beliefs and cultural/religion roots, cannot change them. Women who are not aware of their rights cannot claim them.

An Open Letter To Those Who Have Been Called Out for 'Joking' About Sexual Violence

Christa Craven | Posted 05.28.2015 | Women
Christa Craven

These kinds of threats are NOT a joke, and it is time that college and university administrations and campus police (all police, really) stop considering them as such