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Sexual 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.

What About Sexual Harassment on Campus?

Hollaback | Posted 03.29.2014 | College

While the steps made towards addressing sexual assault are applaudable, truly ensuring "safe, secure environments for students of higher education," will require a response not only to sexual assault, but to the entire spectrum of sexual violence taking place on college campuses today.

The Mothers And Daughters Of Kolkata's Red Light District

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Warning: This article contains imagery that may be disturbing to some. In the shantytown of Sonagachi, one of Kolkata's most infamous and longstand...

Why Total Sorority Move Missed The Mark

Alexis Dent | Posted 03.18.2014 | College
Alexis Dent

Women aren't actually crying rape at all; instead, women are overwhelmingly silent because of fear, shame, and because of the very gray area that complicates rape in the first place.

The Fatal Transgender Double Standard

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Not only are our bodies not our own, neither are the history of your genitals or your genetics. For whatever reason, this seems to only apply to transgender people.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Remembering the Real Victims of Rape

Angie Epifano | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Angie Epifano

For the first time, survivors are speaking out about our experiences and demanding our rights to safe support, free from retaliation. In return, we've been treated worse than the people who made us survivors. If there is any chance for change, it cannot ride solely on the backs of survivors. It has to come from everybody.

It Wasn't Rape. Just Assault.

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.22.2014 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

How fair is it to discriminate against any demographic, or presume their guilt? How just is it to dismiss any survivor of sexual violence? How funny is it to spare one group, but victimize another? How wise is it, to ignore an entire strain of sex offender?

Not Just Another Gender-based Violence Statistic

Fatou Wurie | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Let's talk about sexual and physical violence -- about how it violates the body, how it violently strips self agency of women -- and the anger, powerlessness, silence, confinement, strength, abruption, dreams, hopes, dance that it elicits. We can also talk about the serious health consequences.

Egypt Must Be Held Accountable for Sexual Assault

Hania Moheeb | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Hania Moheeb

Only ten months have passed since I was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square -- it was the worst experience of my life.

Students Challenge College Sexual Assault Policies

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Robyn Gee Sexual violence and sexual assault often go unreported on college campuses.  The  Center for Public Integrity reports that perpetrator...

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: Acknowledging the Issue Is not Enough

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

What has been done with regards to research and innovation, particularly on a college campus, especially within the academic circles of scientists, engineers and architects?

More Than 1 Million Petitioners Call For Justice In Kenya Gang Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

Over 1 million people have signed a petition calling for the arrest and prosecution of three men who are accused of having gang-raped a 16-year-old g...

Why You Should Join This International Campaign

Donna McKay | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Donna McKay

Over the past two weeks, I had the privilege of spending additional time in New York with Dr. Mukwege, who is not only my personal hero, but also a dear friend, colleague, and partner of Physicians for Human Rights.

Teach-In: The History Of Sexual Violence At UC Berkeley, By Sofie Karasek

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

A junior at UC Berkeley, Sofie Karasek, recently testified before the California State Legislature about the University's sexual harassment and sexual...

USC Clery Blunder Another Chance to Address Student Rape

Neon Tommy | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Neon Tommy

I don't know why USC wouldn't welcome the opportunity to come clean -- as they have with these 13 overlooked assaults -- and set an example for other campuses in taking responsibility for their students' safety and sexual health.

STUDY: 1 In 10 Young People Admits Perpetrating Sexual Violence | Posted 12.08.2013 | Crime

(NEWSER) – Sexual violence is frighteningly common among young people between ages 14 and 21, according to a new study....

It's Purple Month!

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

It's purple month! Now, you may be wondering, "What's that?" Allow me to explain. You see, we wear purple -- actually, a purple ribbon -- to honor victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, generally referred to as intimate partner violence and abuse (IPV/A).

Breaking the Silence: Sexual Assault at Vanderbilt University

Sarah O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Sarah O'Brien

Four and a half years ago I received my acceptance letter from Vanderbilt. At the time, I didn't know that a majority of my friends would become sexual assault survivors, or that I would be dedicating my life to a cause that I was personally affected by at this university.

'One Phone Call And The Life That I Knew And Loved Was Over'

Jane Doe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Jane Doe

I still have days where I am desperately sad and hate the world, but the majority of my days are filled with the smiles and laughter that I thought I would never have again.