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Sexual Violence

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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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.

Building Bridges During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Gordon Braxton | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices
Gordon Braxton

Sexual Assault Awareness Month remains an excellent opportunity for you to honestly listen to what is being said and to lend your own voice if you feel moved to do so.

Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault

Mallory Gricoskie | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Mallory Gricoskie

Preventing sexual violence takes all of us, working together in big and small ways to create a culture of safety and respect on college campuses and beyond. It's time to act.

An Interview With Shawn Partridge on Violence Against Native Women

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Native women in the United States are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of sexual assault. Shawn Partridge is too familiar with this reality. She has served as the Program Director of the Family Violence Prevention Program of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for nearly three years. This week, as part of her work, Shawn is bringing the Monument Quilt to Tulsa.

Jacaqueline Bisset: Why I'm Proud of 'Welcome to New York'

Jacaqueline Bisset | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Jacaqueline Bisset

I'm very happy about this film, despite the rumpus which hit before the Cannes Film Festival last May, when at the last moment it was not accepted into the official competition due to endless talk of a sex-filled beginning.

Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2015 | College
Elizabeth Nicholas

If you only read Shulevitz's article, you might believe an epidemic of overly dramatic rape victims and overly-sensitivity responses to them was sweeping the country.

#WhoWillYouHelp PSA Empowers Bystanders To Help Prevent Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women

"When you do nothing, you're helping him. But when you do something, you help her." That's the key message in a new campaign from the Ontario gover...

A Potent Mix: Freedom of Expression and Violence Against Women

Widney Brown | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Widney Brown

The panicked decision by the government of India to ban a BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman, claiming it must do so to protect women in India, demonstrates that "protective" measures by governments actually hurt women.

No Justice. No Truth. No Reparations.

Widney Brown | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Widney Brown

There is no excuse for courts to fail the victims of sexual violence. As Physicians for Human Rights has demonstrated in its work in eastern Congo, doctors, nurses, police investigators, prosecutors, and judges can work together to support evidence-based prosecutions for crimes of sexual violence. The ICC should know better. The ICC should do better.

Capturing Humanity Through the Arts

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Steven W. Hawkins

The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.

#survivorloveletter: The Start of Undoing Rape Culture

Nancy Chang | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Nancy Chang

Unfortunately for now, sexual and domestic violence is a year round thing -- so let's make sure that #survivorloveletter project continues to be a year round space as a reminder for all of us to celebrate survivors, educate our country with powerful messages and stories in hopes of undoing America's rape culture.

10 Ridiculously Sexist and Dangerous Laws From Around the World

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Once in a while in the U.S. we hear about a bill or a law that seems like it must be a joke. These examples might seem silly and inconsequential, but even so, at their core, they speak to very discriminatory ideas about gender, authority and rights that manifest themselves in much more dangerous ways all over the world.

Act Now to End FGM

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

Every year, in Africa alone, three million girls are subjected to female genital mutilation. That's about 8,000 every day.

Out of a Nightmare, I Saw How to Build Joy -- and Love -- Rada Boric

One Billion Rising | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

Perhaps the hardest lesson we have to learn in life is -- nothing is ever safe. Think about the things you take most for granted. The streets where you live. The job you have. The possibility of a future. All these things -- they can be revealed as illusions in a heartbeat.

I Survived Abuse, And It Led Me To Start An Uprising -- Karabo Tshikube

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

I grew up in a small town called Messina, near the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. I was part of a huge family. I lived with my mother, and my father lived nearby. I blocked out a lot of my childhood memories (good/bad) until recently. Never wanted to think about my childhood.