Domestic violence is not a partisan issue. We need a system that encourages victims to come forward. Not a system that discourages them from seeking help, or one that intimidates victims into staying in the shadows.
We hope you will join people across the country tomorrow who will be wearing jeans as a show of their confidence in the power of an enlightened, courageous community that stands together and declares: "There is no excuse for and never an invitation to rape."
April honors a lot of our friends, family members and colleagues, whether we know it or not. It is up to us to make sure we don't ignore their cry for help, even if a survivor never makes him or herself known to us.
When I found out there was a show about date rape and that parts were funny, I needed to know how you could find humor anywhere near the topic. As I listened, all I could think was how many people would benefit from hearing Nancy's story.
How did it happen that so many of our children are going to school, and studying math, and science, and history, and design, and deciding that the best way to get on in the world is to let boys use their bodies?
The Egyptian government and elections committee need to do far more to prevent sexual harassment and assaults, starting with recognizing how serious and common the problem is and ensuring that the attackers don't get away with it.
Question 21 is a huge barrier that keeps service members from seeking out counseling following a sexual assault. Answering "Yes" leads to an investigation where they are required to provide the details that can be retriggering and devastatingly retraumatizing.
These past few months have been big on words and renewed promises on women's participation, in particular in post-conflict settings. While it is incumbent on all of us to make sure these promises are kept, governments have a special obligation to ensure equality.
More of our conversations in the media, in our communities, in our spiritual centers, in our schools, and in our homes need to be about how we as women and men, girls and boys, truly feel about each other. Do we respect each other? Why? Why not?
I feel the need to say this because the voices of a few from the "community" so easily get taken for the voices of all. For all the time black people spend trying to convince everyone else that we are not a monolith, we need to remind ourselves of that as well.