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Sexual Violence

10 Reasons Why Women Don't Speak Out For Years After Being Sexually Abused by Famous Men

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Mary Crescenzo

When I see thousands of people rightfully marching publicly against injustice against people of color, I wonder when thousands will take to the streets against injustice against women and men of all colors who have been violated, trafficked, and held as slaves around the world.

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

An Interactive Fight Against Gender-Based Violence: Priya's Shakti

Lina Srivastava | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Additionally, Priya is not docile, light-skinned, hyper-sexualized or objectified in the way mainstream Indian or global media often presents women. She is both an everywoman as well as a superhero who starts to build her own movement through the help of a powerful ally in Parvati.

South Sudan's Leaders Must Act Now to End Suffering

A View from the United Nations | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
A View from the United Nations

In October, the Government signed a joint communiqué with the United Nations in which it agreed to concrete measures for the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence.

Slut Shaming is Still a Thing: How Women Are Shifting the Conversation Through the Arts

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

n response to this growing epidemic, Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, founders of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, decided to take on this complex and multi-layered issue facing women and girls today, namely slut culture, slut shaming and the culture of sexual violence.

Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Malika Saada Saar

We must call out the very practices that bind our daughters to a culture of violence. Even when those practices include a popular, profit-busting video game that our kids, or other family members, want for the holidays.

Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Our Lifetime: The Vision of Efua Dorkenoo (1949-2014)

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.

An Open Letter To My Sisters About My Sexual Assault

Pippa Biddle | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Pippa Biddle

I've been working on this piece for over a year and it's gone through many incarnations. Throughout the process, I've learned that silence doesn't make things better, but knowing that silence isn't the answer wasn't enough to get me to speak out. Rather, it was you.

More Powerful Than ISIS

Yifat Susskind | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Yifat Susskind

Local women's rights activists are mobilizing to prevent sexual violence and protect survivors. They even operate in places governments and aid agencies cannot reach, thanks to their longtime local connections.

African Youth Launch New Alliance Against Gender Violence

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

There were eight of them from Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Changu had worked in a women's shelter. Brian used sports to teach alternatives to violence.

The Second Thanksgiving: One Year After Rape

Susanna Vogel | Posted 12.05.2014 | College
Susanna Vogel

I do think that changing how I engage with the past is the key to helping me be a better person. I hope I can take my power back by being peaceful. I hope that I can recognize that while my rape will never be OK, I will be.

Bill Cosby: Are We Getting It All Wrong on Sexual Assault

Deborah King | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Deborah King

As an attorney and a survivor of sexual abuse, two things strike me. First, it's amazing to think that it's taken roughly 40 years for these alleged crimes to come to light. And second, that it must have taken extreme courage for these women to come forward.

Women Share Powerful #BeenRapedNeverReported Stories On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women

A powerful hashtag trended on Twitter on Thursday night as victims of sexual violence who had never reported their attacks spoke out in solidarity wit...

What the Viral Street Harassment Video Doesn't Show

Lea Grover | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Lea Grover

I want to see the comparison videos. Women in more expensive clothes, in less expensive clothes. Women of color. Women of different ages. Of a different weight.

The Meaning of Consent

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

While the best way to get consent is verbally, it's not the only option. Yes, consent can be and given and received through other cues such as body language and reciprocation. Yes, can be given in other ways.

Gay Man Details The Physical And Mental Anguish Of His Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing e...

This Is Where You Left Me

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Audrey Hayworth

The words 'broken' and 'damaged' are thrown around frequently to describe people like me. Shattered, and unable to form the ashes into something, anything at all, would be how I would describe the state of mind I lived with for a very long time.

Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 12.03.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

If you think really, really hard, can anyone come up with a single conceivable way in which Yik Yak might do something so good that it outweighs the fear it's putting in members of these communities?

What Is Original Sin?

Sarah Key | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Sarah Key

The original sin is not knowledge, it is rape. When men, women, and children are rendered powerless in the face of violence, there should be no tolerance for that.

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.

Bathroom Break: India's Sanitation Crisis Is Trapping Women in a Cycle of Violence

Anushay Hossain | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

Roughly 53 percent of Indian households, still use public streets and fields as bathrooms. And it's the women of India who are paying the highest price.

Ending Gender-Based Violence Around the World

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.