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Sexual Violence

My Body Is Not a Laptop

Carina Kolodny | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Carina Kolodny

Your laptop is an inanimate object, a piece of property with an assigned monetary value. A woman's body is not. This comparison underscores the problem at hand: treating a woman's sexuality as a material commodity instead of treating a woman's sexuality as one of the many aspects that make up a human being.

Women in Syria Need More Than Guided Missiles

Anu Kumar | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Anu Kumar

I have no idea what the right answer is militarily, but I do know that all women refugees are going to need basic reproductive health care, and women who are raped are going to need appropriate treatment, including abortion. So what are we doing for them?

When Does 'Helping' a Troubled Loved One Hurt?

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 11.11.2013 | Crime
Jennifer Delaney

Everyday, around the country, there are 12 step meetings, support groups and therapists' offices filled with families of substance abusers and violent offenders grappling with these issues. Many more have yet to seek help.

The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons

Carina Kolodny | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Carina Kolodny

When you have the "avoid getting raped" conversation with your daughter, it is difficult, as you don't want to imagine her as a victim. The idea of having the "don't rape" conversation with your son is more difficult as you don't ever want to imagine him as a perpetrator. Do it anyway.

The Second Rape: Battling PTSD and Betrayal

Andrea Pino | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Andrea Pino

I have PTSD from hearing more than 100 stories of the same sickening abuse and blatant apathy -- holding dozens of survivors; talking dozens away from suicide. When I was asked how I have PTSD if I'm not a solider, I sank in my chair, ashamed and guilty for claiming a disability that plagued so many of our veterans.

Mexican Police Seek 'Hunter Of Bus Drivers'

AP | RICARDO CHAVEZ | Posted 11.03.2013 | Crime

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican prosecutors said Monday they are investigating claims that a woman who killed two bus drivers last week in this ...

Stepfather Rapes Severely Disabled Girl -- Angry California Prosecutors Want Tougher Laws

Judy Farah | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Judy Farah

He cared for her and assisted his wife in helping with her severely disabled 14-year-old daughter. According to prosecutors, the girl was physically, mentally and developmentally disabled. She couldn't walk or talk. But that didn't stop 27-year-old Carlos Mesinas from raping her.

Who Will Speak for Child Rape Victims?

Jon Leiberman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Jon Leiberman

That said, I continue to maintain we don't do enough for victims of child sex abuse. We don't do enough to the monsters who prey on young children. We give too many second (and third) chances and then we wonder what went wrong.

Photojournalist Gang-Raped In Mumbai: Police

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media

(Adds news of arrest, police chief quotes, details of attack) MUMBAI, Aug 23 (Reuters) - A photo journalist was gang-raped in the Indi...

Some Thoughts on Ariel Castro, George Zimmerman and Ending Violence

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

Ariel Castro, who harvested three girls off of the street to enslave, rape and torture them for 10 years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. Good riddance. But, let's be clear, while Castro might seem psychotic, there is no shortage of cases with similarly staggering details.

Turning Inside Outcomes

Margaret A. Hacskaylo | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Margaret A. Hacskaylo

I believe that there are three things for those investing in domestic violence housing programs to keep in mind when looking for answers about how their money makes a difference.

Lesbians and Rape: Another Coming-Out Story

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

We don't have corrective rape in America. But lesbians get raped; I'm not the only one. We have to speak out, break that awful silence. It's yet another coming-out process. It is also the first step toward reclaiming our lives.

Congo Is Where My Heart Stays

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

These trips fly by for me. It seems like I just get acclimated to the schedule, to the food (or lack thereof), to not sleeping (somehow I never sleep in Congo), to 18 hour days, and suddenly it's time to go home. And as I seem to always say, at the end of every trip, I feel sad to leave.

Final Thoughts: And a Last Word

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

We have spent a week in Congo and my head is spinning. We visited 11 different programs and met with and talked to hundreds of people. Here are a few of my thoughts as we begin the two-day journey to come home

Falling In Love

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

The stories and the numbers of rapes have not abated, and his face reflects the stress of the last many years. But throughout it all, Dr. Mukwege finds hope.

Recharging Your Batteries in the DRC

Diane Kabat | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Diane Kabat

Another woman explains how having access to protein has improved the nutrition for her small children and how she is able to provide her family with better and more plentiful vegetables because of animal by-product use.

Egypt: Epidemic of Sexual Violence

Human Rights Watch | Posted 09.02.2013 | World
Human Rights Watch

Since November 2011, police have stayed away from Tahrir Square during bigger protests, to avoid clashes with protesters. This has left women protesters unprotected, and the men involved in the gang attacks and rapes secure in the knowledge that they will not be arrested.

The Heart Honors the Sacred Feminine

Susanna Bair | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Susanna Bair

Recently there has been a surge of reported incidents of gang rape of girls and young women across the globe. I question what the staggering levels of...

Violence Against Women: A Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 06.20.2013 | Impact
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

If you have not experienced this directly yourself, you certainly know someone who has. And it is everywhere; there is no region or demographic that can claim that violence against women isn't a problem and, in most parts of the world, a problem on a horrifying scale.

1 In 3 Women Experience Sexual Or Physical Violence, Global Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.21.2013 | World

About one in three women worldwide experience sexual or physical violence at least once in their lives, according to a World Health Organization repor...

Dominique Mosbergen

'I Hope You Get Raped' | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.12.2013 | Gay Voices

This is the fourth part of a six-part series on asexuality, in which we explore the history of the asexual movement, uncover current research on asexu...

Mission Creeps: Sexual Violence in a Volunteer Military

Jack Healey | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Jack Healey

Sticking with the same old structure that has let this problem go for decades is simply not an option. If an 18-year-old boy or girl cannot safely enlist in our military, and train to be a soldier without fear of rape, then the system must be brought to a stop. Change, however, is possible.

Women Deliver. How About Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Gender equality is a moral imperative, but it is also an economic and social imperative. No country, no society, however industrious or blessed with resources it may be, will ever reach its full potential so long as women are denied theirs.

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.16.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Violence against women is the most prevalent and the most hidden injustice in our world today. It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better.

Mediocre Grades For College Sexual Assault Policies

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.10.2013 | College

Few college students say their school is doing a good job addressing campus sexual assault and harassment, according to a nationwide survey by the vol...