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Sexual 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

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Josh Duggar's Acts of Sexual Abuse Are Not 'Alleged'

Chelsea Stone | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Chelsea Stone

There is proof, including the admissions of the perpetrator, his parents, and wife, that Josh Duggar sexually abused young girls. There is nothing "alleged" about this. "Semantics," maybe you say. "Rape culture," I reply.

How Brain Science Can Help Explain Discrepancies In A Sexual Assault Survivor's Story

Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Posted 05.25.2015 | Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.

But I Was Lucky: It Wasn't Rape

Yenli Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Yenli Wong

Rape does not occur in a vacuum -- there are many types of sexual violence and colleges need to take all of them seriously.

Tyler Kingkade

The Education Department Has A Huge Backlog Of Sexual Assault Investigations That's Still Growing

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.06.2015 | College

Two new reports show the U.S. Department of Education has been hit with a massive increase in complaints about schools' handling of sexual violence ov...

By Breaking The Silence Around Sexual Assault You Could Be Helping Others Talk About Their Experiences

Amanda Blaugher | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Amanda Blaugher

Attending a Catholic College and admitting that you were assaulted can feel so shameful, however it is not shame that you should feel. Rather, by breaking the silence you are potentially helping others to not become victims at the hands of their offender.

Applying to Columbia as a Survivor

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

I'm tired of feeling alone. I'm tired of not being surrounded by activists fighting for survivors like myself. I smiled at No Red Tape's protest for the same reason I almost started crying with joy when I was accepted to Columbia: I know that, come August, I won't be alone anymore.

After Sexual Violence, Hope Grows in Honesty, Trust and Loving Relationships

Eric Stiles | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Eric Stiles

The isolation I felt while growing up chilled me to the bone. I did not know what was happening to me. I did not know boys could be raped. I did not know which words to use to describe my feelings.

Sexual Violence in South Sudan -- A Tactic of War

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

The women and children of South Sudan, are amongst the most vulnerable. The protracted emergencies and complete absence of social services is destroying the human capital base and potential of the youngest country in the world.

When Girls Lead The Charge

Françoise Girard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

To be sure, we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. Yet as I work side by side with young feminist activists from all over the world, I am inspired, energized, and yes even optimistic about the future for which this new generation of young women is fighting so hard.

The Role You Can Play in Preventing Sexual Assault

Scott Berkowitz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Scott Berkowitz

There are a number of ways you can help to end sexual violence. From being aware of the risks to trusting your instincts and stepping in when a friend needs your help, you may be able to help prevent a sexual assault from occurring.

REPORT: Extremists Using Rape, Sexual Slavery And Forced Marriage As Terror Tactics

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 06.13.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 was marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being use...

From Sweden, India to Kenya Men Must Take a Stand to Protect Women: #HeForShe

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Time for change has come. All men must take a firm stand against violence and discrimination, for Kenya to reach its full promise and potential as a people and a nation.