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Sexual Violence

Who Matters in America? A Call for Political Correctness

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.08.2016 | College
Steve Nelson

The rise of so-called "political correctness" is not the infantilizing of students. It is the long overdue voice given to the real experiences of all students.

An Open Letter to Sexual Assault Victims

Jill Amery | Posted 02.05.2016 | Crime
Jill Amery

It's all over the news, and as the Jian Ghomeshi trial begins, my hands are frigid. Yours may be, too. There are so many of us who have been sexual assault victims.

"Virginity Testing" to End for Yezidi Rape Survivors

Rothna Begum | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Rothna Begum

"Luna," was captured by ISIS fighters when they swept through northern Iraq in August 2014. She was sold four times and raped by all her "owners." She was one of hundreds of Yezidi women and girls who had similar experiences.

How To Respond To Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

Yasmin Nouh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women
Yasmin Nouh

By addressing how our responses to survivors play a critical role in the healing process, these women show that dealing with sexual assault should not be an individual's burden alone, but a collective responsibility we embrace with compassion and the utmost care.

Egypt: President Sisi in a Crusader Fight with a Generation

Karim Lahidji | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

In order to address the regime's counterproductive measures leading to mass radicalization and instability, the international community must pressure President Sisi to immediately put an end to the ongoing human rights violations.

Black And White Photos Show No Survivor Of Abuse 'Asked For It'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 01.21.2016 | Women

"Not an invitation." "Marriage is not consent."  "I don't want my daughter to be the one in four."  These are just a few of the powerful ph...

Reclaiming Roe for Women at Home and Abroad

Serra Sippel | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Serra Sippel

The time is now to reclaim the spirit of Roe and the right of all women and girls to terminate a pregnancy, at home and abroad.

Activists Protest Rape With 'Sleep-Ins'

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

An Indian activist group is publicly protesting sexual violence against women in the country. Their weapon of choice? Naps. Members of Blank Nois...

Is Consent Sexy? Breaking the Unspoken Rules of Sex

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

I believe if we can integrate these messages into our cultural narratives, we can reshape our society's sexual focus from that of negation to that of consent and mutual respect. Boys will grow up actively soliciting consensual language, and girls will feel comfortable actively providing it.

We Must End Violence Against Women In Germany

Ulle Schauws | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Ulle Schauws

It's despicable and shameful when populists and agitators use the Cologne events to raise anti-refugee sentiment. After all, most refugees have fled violence.

This 'PSA' About Ben Roethlisberger Is An Unmitigated Disaster

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.09.2016 | Sports

A Cincinnati radio station aired what was supposed to be an amusing mock public service announcement on Thursday, “warning” women ...

The U.S. Approach to Fighting Violence Against Women

Cindy Dyer | Posted 01.04.2016 | Women
Cindy Dyer

Coordination between government and civil society can take strides towards remedying this immense problem. True collaboration between these sectors is imperative to stop violence against women, and in the United States, it has led to a significant decrease in the rates of domestic violence and gender-based violence.

I Am Reminded I Am a Woman When I Learn to Be Silent

Laura Jensen | Posted 12.22.2015 | Women
Laura Jensen

I am reminded I am a woman when I have to decide whether or not to leave my hair down and potentially be harassed for it, or stuff it under a hat. Not that it matters; I'll get harassed anyway, but if my hair is up, it gives me the chance to find another part of my body to blame.

'Game Of Thrones' Is Changing Its Approach To Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have heard your complaints about how "Game of Thrones" handles sexual violence -- and they're finally doing something ab...

How The US Is Supporting Survivors Of Sexual Violence

Catherine Russell | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Catherine Russell

Sexual and gender-based violence is not a new phenomenon. But a global effort to address the problem, better educate communities, and build and strengthen systems to respond to violence when it happens -- both in healing the victims and punishing the perpetrators -- will go a long way to stopping it.

Mother of Indian Gang Rape Victim Urges Country To Use Her Daughter's Real Name

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.17.2015 | World

Three years after 23-year-old Jyoti Singh was brutally raped by six men on a New Delhi bus, Singh's mother is channeling her pain into a voice for ch...

A Chilling Message About Sexism From Daughters To Their Dads

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 12.16.2015 | Women

Warning: The below video contains content that may be triggering to some readers.  “Dear Daddy... I know you already try harder than Super...

Want to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses? Let's Start With Our Kindergarteners

Krista Millay | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Krista Millay

There is a major problem with looking to colleges and universities to solve the problem of campus sexual assault. If there's any truth in the statisti...

Seeing Orange?

Francine LeFrak | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

It's the time of the year to put an away message on your e-mail account, to log off, and shutdown. It's time to embrace the company of your loved ones, to share stories and ideas with friends and family. But this year feels different.

How to Stand up for Your Muslim Friends

Manal Omar | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Manal Omar

I am scared here at home. I have been on the receiving end of hateful glares, shoving on the sidewalks, and hateful phrases yelled at me. The fear I face here at home has made me decide not to ride the metro since the Paris attacks. I find myself using my hostile environment training for Baghdad and Benghazi here at home.

The Most Devastating Betrayals Come From Those You Love

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.10.2015 | Women
Kelley Calkins

I made eye contact with the stray llama that was set away from the pack before I succumbed to my sudden and violent nausea, doubling over and dry hea...

The Tyranny of Violence Against Women and Girls: 16 Days of Activism

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

It is time for every man to start doing something to end the scourge of violence against women and girls in their homes and communities.

A Cop Faces Charges Of Serial Rape, Yet His 13 Black Accusers Are On Trial

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices

The woman said she was high and walking alone when the cop stopped her. He searched her, she said, finding a crack pipe, which he told her to ...

Sexual Violence: From the Exam Room to the Courtroom and the Bumpy Road in Between

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

To mark this year's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25, 2105) and the ensuing 16 days of activism, I wanted...

Orange the World: How We Can Help Victims

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

A few months ago, I wrote about the need to bear witness to domestic violence in Nigeria. A couple of nights ago, I was a witness to domestic violence in a busy restaurant -- a sad reminder of importance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.