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Sexual Violence

Ignorant Comments From Lebanese Parliament Member Foster Rape Culture

Halim Shebaya | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

“Today […]I feel ashamed that there are MPs like you who represent me in the Parliament.” Those were the stinging words an activist, Hayat Mirsh...

Religious leaders aim to end gender-based violence in Ethiopia

UN Women | Posted 09.06.2016 | Women
UN Women

Crossposted from UN Women. Religious leaders attending training in Mertolemariam town in February 2016. Photo: EOC Archbishop Abune Markos from E...

Speaking Out: Shame and Sexual Assault

Suzannah Galland | Posted 08.24.2016 | Women
Suzannah Galland

The phrase 'sexual violence' has high currency now and, tragically, it's use appears to be on the increase. It is a situation that achieves one distin...

'Grandma Uber' Helps Women Get Home Safely After A Fun Night Out

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.23.2016 | Good News

This Australian grandma is truly driven to protect other women. Kathy Raydings, affectionately known as “Grandma Uber,” drives for the transporta...

UN Launches Investigation Into Peacekeepers' Response To South Sudan Attack

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.17.2016 | World

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched an investigation on Tuesday into accusations peacekeepers in South Su...

Queer Teens Face A Shocking Amount Of Violence And Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living

Being a teenager is hard, but it’s even more difficult if you identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Compared to their straight peers, queer teens a...

Why This Feminist Ended Her Game of Thrones Boycott -- And Was Surprised by Season Six

Sezin Koehler | Posted 08.04.2016 | Women
Sezin Koehler

In the year since the Game of Thrones fifth season finale aired we have witnessed hundreds more reports of actual sexual violence against women that would have been right at home in the Game of Thrones world, including the rape of a woman at a Stanford party by Brock Turner, he of the "20 minutes of action" infamy.

Historic Commitment By The Government Of Colombia And FARC-EP At The Havana Peace Talks Table

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 07.26.2016 | Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

On July 24th, 2016, we celebrated with the people of Colombia the historic commitment by the Government and FARC-EP at the Havana Peace Talks Table to ensure that one of the agreement's fundamental objectives is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.

#IamNotAfraidToTell

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Evgeniya Melnikova

Today, inspired by all those confessions I scrolled through in the recent days, I would like to share my own story, and maybe to inspire others to speak up. I'm doing this under hashtag #IamNotAfraidToTell, although I am honestly terrified of opening up to so many people, because it took me six years to come to terms with myself and my past.

How To Balance Your Budget After Paying For Your Rape Kit

The Establishment | Posted 07.15.2016 | Women
The Establishment

So, you just went through the most traumatic moment of your life. All you want to do is forget that you were raped. Thankfully, you can. How? By balancing your budget!

Of Ice and Men: Blair Braverman's Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube

Catherine Armsden | Posted 07.05.2016 | Books
Catherine Armsden

A chill wind blows through Blair Braverman's powerful memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube, but it doesn't emanate only from the story's frozen lan...

Breaking the silence on Gender Based Violence

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Ms Sicily Kariuki inaugurates a Gender Based Violence Recovery Center at Kilifi hospital supported by UNFPA Kenya. Photo Credit: @UNFPAKen This artic...

Decriminalizing Prostitution In South Africa: A Recipe to Extinguish the Legacy of Sara Baartman

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Prostitution, one of the most brutal forms of male-perpetrated sexual abuse, is illegal in South Africa. While corrupt police are known to arrest and brutalize the women for loitering, buyers of sexual acts are rarely arrested.

The Many Faces Of PTSD

Kelley Calkins | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelley Calkins

Most days, I still don't think that I look much like someone with PTSD. This is an odd thought whenever I interrogate it: I look like myself, my self has PTSD -- ipso facto, if A=B, B=C, then A=C -- I look like someone with PTSD. But it's still hard for me to see.

How Religion Might Influence Rape Culture

Kimberly Carfore | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Kimberly Carfore

While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.

When Male Entitlement Collides With Guns, Women Often Pay The Price

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.27.2016 | Women

On Monday, according to police, a drunk Florida man who was obsessed with his female neighbor stood outside her house and fired 33 rounds into it with...

Pornography: The Missing Piece in the Movement Against Sexual Violence

Dawn Hawkins | Posted 06.23.2016 | Women
Dawn Hawkins

The movement to combat violence against women must address the problem of pornography. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the White House Su...

Political contests must not push Kenya over the precipice again

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Protestors along a Kenyan street. Elections should not mean destroying every gain made over the previous years. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GR...

Juror In Brock Turner Case Slams Judge: 'Shame On You'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics

A juror who served in the Brock Turner case had some strong words for Judge Aaron Persky: “Shame on you.” The male juror, who chose to remain anon...

The Stanford Sexual Assault Victim Has Broken Our Hearts: For the Better

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 06.13.2016 | HuffPost Home
Marjorie Clifton

There hasn't been a day this week, where at a dinner or boardroom table, the topic of the Stanford sexual assault case hasn't come up. What is markedly different about this particular violent act, what has spurred so much outrage, grief, bewilderment, and therefore widespread discussion -- is the brave and powerful statement made by the anonymous victim.

This Is Even Bigger Than Brock: What We Can All Do to Dismantle Rape Culture

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 06.11.2016 | Women
Phoebe K. Schreiner

Change is possible and within each of us. When "Emily"--and then BuzzFeed--told her story, she permanently reshaped the public conversation, making the norms that enable this kind of violence impossible to ignore. The students who stopped the attack are role models to each of us.

How to Talk to Your Preschooler About Consent -- What Brock Turner's Dad Failed to Do

Karen Elizaga | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Karen Elizaga

We have the very important responsibility of talking much more about consent and doing so early on in our children's lives. Talking about acceptable behavior. Talking about rape. Given the age of Brock Turner, and these terrible statistics, clearly, we are not doing enough early enough. Sexual assault happens across demographics, across socioeconomics, even at the pinnacle of educational institutions.

Prospective Jurors Are Boycotting Judge In Brock Turner Case

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

“I can’t be here, I’m so upset,” one prospective juror reportedly told Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky on Wednesday. “I...

To Brock Turner's Father: Gentle People Do Not Rape

Emma Saloranta | Posted 06.09.2016 | Crime
Emma Saloranta

I know you probably think that this could have happened to anyone, and that this whole ordeal is something that in fact happened to your son -- but you are wrong. This did not happen to your son -- your son did this to someone else.

Pleasure: The missing topic from the Stanford sexual assault

Kit Murray Maloney | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Kit Murray Maloney

Many of you shared and asked for my thoughts regarding the recent Stanford assault and the courageous and beautifully articulated letter from the vict...