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Sexual Violence

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

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 02.14.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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.

Spoken-Word Artist Captures Pain and Fear of Child Abuse

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Taking a story someone has lived and translating it into a story you write -- as if you were them -- is not for the faint of heart, especially when that story is about child abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

My Husband Was Murdered -- But It Gave Me the Strength to Save My Country's Girls

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

I stayed away from my country for 11 years, raising my three daughters in the calm and safety of Canada. I decided I could not let everything my husband tried to achieve be forgotten or destroyed. When I landed back in Mogadishu, I was amazed by what I saw. And what shocked me most was what had happened to women.

AU Report Into Sexual Violence in South Sudan: Vital to Stop Women's Bodies Being Used in War

Navi Pillay | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Navi Pillay

One of the main reasons we are seeing such extreme sexual violence in South Sudan is the country's pervasive culture of impunity. The perpetrators - - including  members of the police, army  and armed militias  -- know that there is no rigorous justice system and almost no risk of consequences.

Let's Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking in January and Beyond

Megan Foo | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Megan Foo

Designating a "Human Trafficking Awareness Month" thus not only ensures that issue of human trafficking is visible on the public radar screen, but more importantly mobilizes us to take steps to effect sustainable change in the lives of trafficked individuals across the world.

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

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.16.2015 | 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 02.15.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 01.24.2015 | 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 01.24.2015 | 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.