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Sexual Violence

Jolie: Sex Abuse Survivors 'Forgotten Victims' Of Wars

AP | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact

LONDON — Angelina Jolie brought her celebrity wattage to London on Thursday to back an urgent cause: fighting sexual violence in military confli...

It's Not Just About Sexual Violence

Liesl Gerntholtz | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Liesl Gerntholtz

If the Hague initiative is going to make a real difference in the lives of women, it needs to take a broader view of the problem and address the full spectrum of women's needs during conflict.

The Illuminator: Helen Benedict and the Journalistic Investigation That Inspired The Invisible War

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.

Crucifixion And Sexual Violence

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

On this Good Friday, as on many before, I consider anew the full range of torture and humiliation to which Jesus of Nazareth was subjected, physical and sexual. The latter is so traumatizing for the Church that we have covered it up -- literally.

A Challenge to Boys and Men: Will You Help Stop Rape Culture?

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 03.18.2013 | Crime
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We so often think about rape and sexual assault as "women's issues" and we focus on individual cases. But the facts are that boys and men have a significant role to play in stopping rape and rape culture, and it's just that, a part of our culture.

Rape Exists Because We Condone Violence

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.16.2013 | Impact
Elischia Fludd

Rape is an extension of a cultural obsession with violence, not solely an issue of just one gender being violated. Let us not get confused; yes, there are specific ways that gender is targeted through rape (i.e. war), but that is not the totality of the issue.

Reform College Sexual Assault Policies to Protect Accused Students, Too

Stephen Henrick | Posted 05.15.2013 | College
Stephen Henrick

Accused students and victims would both be better off in a world where only the courts handle sexual assault. To the extent that colleges are nevertheless allowed to handle rape allegations, they must do so with an eye toward fairness, not just conviction and punishment.

Framing the Occidental Fight for a Better Sexual Assault Policy

Lisa Wade | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Lisa Wade

There will be a day when honest, transparent, and fair reporting and adjudication of sexual assaults will be the norm. That day is coming, and we want Oxy to get there first.

Building an Anti-Trafficking Movement, Rebuilding Lives in India

Barbara Borst | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Barbara Borst

Going home again is rarely an option for girls and women who have been forced into prostitution in India. Whether they have escaped or have been rescued, their families often shun them. The result is that girls and women need support to establish new lives.

Campus-Based Sexual Assault Coalition Fights Back

Nina Flores | Posted 05.12.2013 | College
Nina Flores

A student-faculty coalition at Occidental College in Los Angeles is gaining national attention for standing up to campus administrators in the wake of yet another example of colleges and universities across the country mishandling reports of sexual assault.

Why Men Matter: Driving Social Change to Achieve Gender Equity

Pamela Barnes | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Just yesterday, I spent the day at the United Nations, where I received an award from Salma Hayek Pinault and the Avon Foundation for my organization's work in Tanzania to end violence against women.

Exposing Occidental College's Sexist Rape Policy

Lisa Wade | Posted 05.07.2013 | Los Angeles
Lisa Wade

Under a new policy at Occidental College, any time there is a report of a sexual assault, the college community should receive an email saying so. Last week, however, the students learned of a report of a sexual assault second-hand.

Change Our Story: Silence Broken

Peter Buffett | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

I've seen what a broken system can destroy. How do you say, "Life is what you make it" to those young women and the thousands of women (and men) like them? You don't. But here's what you do: listen.

The Tamils in Sri Lanka: From Tigers Into Lambs

Jack Healey | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Jack Healey

This article is a call to recognize and appreciate and acknowledge that the Tigers have become Lambs. This is a revolution that has transformed an armed group into an exemplar of civil society participation and with a commitment to nonviolence.

The "R" Word: Why Do Colleges Struggle With Talking About Rape?

Andrea Pino | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Andrea Pino

Within the realm of higher education, our society struggles to understand that sexual violence happens not just at other universities, but at our universities.

One Billion Rising

Susie Tompkins Buell | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Susie Tompkins Buell

Why aren't women and girls rioting the streets in protest of violence? Have we learned to accept violence as part of our global culture? Is this the kind of world we want our children and grandchildren to inherit? Have we given up? The answer is a resounding and an unequivocal NO.

How Can We End Violence Against Women?

Ruth Rosen | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Ruth Rosen

All kinds of gender violence are still ubiquitous, and a disgrace to our global efforts to expand our ideas about human rights. It will take many more decades before everyone agree that violence at home, at work, and on the battlefield are not customs, but are, in fact, crimes against humanity.

Building 'Men Of Strength': A Response To Sexual Violence

Donna Hakimian | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Donna Hakimian

What if we turned our gaze to see men and boys as potential champions of the rights of women -- allies in the building of a just, peaceful and tolerant society? We would have reclaimed a truth that a few individuals tried to steal away.

Indian Women Seek Exit From Prostitution

Barbara Borst | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Barbara Borst

Salma Begum and Salena Begum are clear about one thing: they want prostitution abolished in India. The two women, who are not related, were forced into prostitution as adolescents. Now in their mid-30s, they are trying to get out.

Somalia Charges Woman Who Accused Soldiers Of Rape

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Somali government has charged a woman who has said she was raped by security forces, according to an international hum...

'I Am Walking Headlong Into My Own Darkest Night'

Sarah Wayne Callies | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Sarah Wayne Callies

I don't know the pain of a refugee -- I tried to express it on The Walking Dead, but it was all make-believe. I do know what sexual violence feels like, I know the seeds of fear that root in the marrow of one's bones, I know the horror of powerlessness.

Sexual Violence in War Is Our Generation's Slave Trade

William Hague | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
William Hague

My personal priority during the UK's Presidency of the G8 this year is to secure new international action against the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.

A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Solnit

We have far more than 87,000 rapes in this country every year, but each of them is invariably portrayed as an isolated incident. We have dots so close they're splatters melting into a stain, but hardly anyone connects them, or names that stain.

India Gang Rape Survivor Attempts Suicide In Court After Trial Is Delayed Again

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.23.2013 | World

As politicians, legal experts and activists wrangle in New Delhi over failures in India's justice system to efficiently deal with cases of rape and ot...

The Value of Vigil(ance) in Ending Sexual Violence

Purvi Shah | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Purvi Shah

A vigil, the free collection of bodies choosing to be present, is exactly the right space to re-shape our understandings of sex and sexual violence. The freedom of participation and movement showcases the basis of the society and sexual practice we want emerge.