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Sexual Violence

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.

Bill Cosby: Are We Getting It All Wrong on Sexual Assault

Deborah King | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Deborah King

As an attorney and a survivor of sexual abuse, two things strike me. First, it's amazing to think that it's taken roughly 40 years for these alleged crimes to come to light. And second, that it must have taken extreme courage for these women to come forward.

Women Share Powerful #BeenRapedNeverReported Stories On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women

A powerful hashtag trended on Twitter on Thursday night as victims of sexual violence who had never reported their attacks spoke out in solidarity wit...

What the Viral Street Harassment Video Doesn't Show

Lea Grover | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Lea Grover

I want to see the comparison videos. Women in more expensive clothes, in less expensive clothes. Women of color. Women of different ages. Of a different weight.

The Meaning of Consent

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.26.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

While the best way to get consent is verbally, it's not the only option. Yes, consent can be and given and received through other cues such as body language and reciprocation. Yes, can be given in other ways.

Gay Man Details The Physical And Mental Anguish Of His Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing e...

This Is Where You Left Me

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Audrey Hayworth

The words 'broken' and 'damaged' are thrown around frequently to describe people like me. Shattered, and unable to form the ashes into something, anything at all, would be how I would describe the state of mind I lived with for a very long time.

Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 12.03.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

If you think really, really hard, can anyone come up with a single conceivable way in which Yik Yak might do something so good that it outweighs the fear it's putting in members of these communities?

What Is Original Sin?

Sarah Key | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Sarah Key

The original sin is not knowledge, it is rape. When men, women, and children are rendered powerless in the face of violence, there should be no tolerance for that.

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 11.16.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.

Bathroom Break: India's Sanitation Crisis Is Trapping Women in a Cycle of Violence

Anushay Hossain | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

Roughly 53 percent of Indian households, still use public streets and fields as bathrooms. And it's the women of India who are paying the highest price.

Ending Gender-Based Violence Around the World

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

Thousands Are Sexually Assaulted In The U.S. Military Every Year. These Are Some Of Their Stories.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women

In 2009, Jessica Hinves, then an Air Force fighter jet mechanic, said she was raped by a member of her squadron -- a man she had considered a good fri...

Finding My Voice (and Using It) to End Sexual Violence

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

As much as people may want to deny it, young people are driving the sexual assault prevention and feminist movements forward. They are the catalysts.

The War on Women: Stop Ignoring It (Pt. 1)

Kuro Tawil | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Kuro Tawil

I've been thinking about this for some time, and I have decided to put down my thoughts on what I personally consider to be the steps we need to take as a world towards a long term solution to these issues of sexually based violence.

Ebola Isn't Unique: Women Are Significantly More Likely to Die in Disasters

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

This is an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions. Factors that contribute to higher risks for women are gender role expectations, gendered poverty and the impact of boy preference on education, nutrition and resource allocation -- before, during and after events.

The Modus Operandi of ISIS: A War Waged on the Battleground of Women's Bodies

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Surveying events in Syria, Erika Feller, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is sounding the alarm that sexual violence is being utilized "as a weapon of war." This clearly extends to Iraq with ISIS' increasing operational tactic of inducing widespread fear through rape and kidnapping.

Public Monument to Rape Survivors Garners Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Even though I am around it constantly, the power of the quilt still surprises me at moments.

These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

A new study reflects a troubling reality regarding sexual assault on Skid Row. The Downtown Women's Action Coalition, which aims to improve housi...