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Sexual Violence

Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.

Let's Get Men and Boys off the Sidelines

Juliana Carlson | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Juliana Carlson

It may seem intuitive that ending violence, and particularly violence against women and girls (VAW), requires the commitment of all community members.

Alarming Report Finds Girls Consider Sexual Violence 'Normal'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women

How does a crime committed against nearly 238,000 women a year go unreported 60 percent of the time? According to a new report, many victims of sexual...

The Gentleman Who Raped Me

Katie Koestner | Posted 04.11.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

I was born down South, and had heard the word "gentleman" a thousand times, but never as a descriptor for a rapist. I marveled as she spoke. It was her composure and perfect makeup that wowed me.

Rwandan Genocide: Remembering the 'Other' Casualties

Dr. Elise Collins Shields | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Dr. Elise Collins Shields

The unique trauma rape victims endured, the horrors, impacts them to this day. While a massacre affects all survivors, consequences for Rwandan women is compounded through lasting impact of sexual violence.

Becoming an Activist Saved My Life After I Was Sexually Assaulted

Erin McKelle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

At age 12, I survived incest and a lot of bullying, which led to the development of an eating disorder. My body became my own personal battleground and all I wanted to do was disappear.

These Are the Places on Campus Where Sexual Violence Occurs

Katie Koestner | Posted 04.10.2014 | College
Katie Koestner

We stopped outside the fraternity house. One girl ran over to the front walk and crouched down about 20 feet from the front door.

Newsflash: College Administrators Have No Clue How to Handle Sexual Violence on Campus

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

Even as the chorus of voices decrying that college campuses have not done enough to both address and prevent sexual violence continues to crescendo, there still somehow is this universal sense that college officials are going out of their way to turn a blind eye to these issues on our campuses.

Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors Are Slipping Through the System

Michael Munson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Munson

A system that excludes the diversity of gender expressions literally kills trans people.

Sawubona: We See You

Lauren Book | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

True surviving doesn't really begin until the abuse is over, when you're left to pick up the pieces. To heal. To look at what has happened and to decide for yourself: What's next?

If You Don't Like "Rape Culture" Then Focus For A Minute On Sex and Status

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Soraya Chemaly

Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.

My Day at the United Nations: Elevating the Conversation On Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict

Tim Mohin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Tim Mohin

The obvious question is: How and why does AMD have a point of view on this egregious situation?

End The Culture Of Impunity Over Sexual Violence

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

As anchored in the UN Charter, the founding fathers of the UN expressed their determination to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and reaffirmed the faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person. Based on this spirit, continuous efforts have been placed to promote human rights and democracy across the world since the inception of the United Nations. This is the right path into the future. However, we have to recognize the daunting challenge ahead of us on this journey. This is why the Human Rights Council must play a central role to ensure the success for mainstreaming human rights in the United Nations.

A Purim Call to Support the International Violence Against Women Act

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Congress needs to hear from us, to know that as American citizens we support our government's efforts to halt violence against women. It is imperative that we write, email, tweet, call or visit our members of Congress and urge them to sign on.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

Preventing Sexual Violence Is A National Security Imperative

John Kerry | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
John Kerry

We see it especially in Goma, where one of us met in a hospital with young women so damaged by rape that they required surgery. And we see it in Syria today, where rape is being used as a tool of oppression. So is this personal to us? You bet.

An Alarming Statistic About Being A Woman

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

Every once in a while, you'll see a statistic that shocks you out of your seat. This is one of those statistics. ...

Prosecutor Allegedly Told Mother Of 5-Year-Old Rape Victim That 'Boys Will Be Boys'

www.motherjones.com | Posted 02.16.2014 | Crime

And other shocking details from the Justice Department's report on the Missoula County Attorney's Office. ...

V-Day: Speak Out on Violence Against Women -- From the Pulpit

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

While many may be struggling through aisles of candy hearts and bunches of roses, I invite you to flip this day of mandatory public expressions of love on its head. What if, along with romantic dinners and expensive chocolates, we celebrated those we love by committing ourselves against sexual and domestic violence?

Rising Up: Survivors and the Courageous Responders Who Support Them

Donna McKay | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Donna McKay

As we form a larger and louder global alliance with survivors who are demanding justice, let us reflect on the African proverb: "A single bracelet does not jingle." On this V-Day, let's make some noise.

Why India Needs Sexual Literacy

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While it would be easy to blame religious conservatism on India's sexual illiteracy, it wouldn't tell the whole story and inaccurately puts the burden on religion itself.

Campus Sexual Assault Survivors Pushing Harder for Awareness

Ken Brack | Posted 04.08.2014 | College
Ken Brack

Media attention to what some call an epidemic -- hidden at times by low reporting rates, and contorted by stubborn norms about topics such as what informed consent means -- is helping to bring change.

Sticks and Stones: Violence in Word and Deed

Ben de Guzman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

Their stories tell us that our work to dismantle homophobia, transphobia, racism, and xenophobia is far from over, but also that the powerful voices in the community, our friends and allies, are working with us.

Calling In the Movement to More Thoughtfully Participate in One Billion Rising

Sara Alcid | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Sara Alcid

Along with our fellow activists, we have the responsibility to engage in open and honest reflection on how we do our work, how our identities and privilege impact this, and how we can and must do better.

Churches Confront Sexual Violence

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

To those cynical about churches, the notion of their intervention in the sex abuse epidemic might seem like sending the fox back to the hen house. But the solution is not to throw out religion, but to summon religion at its best to help change things for the better.