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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.

GOP Congressman Apologizes For Testy Exchange

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) apologized Thursday for a testy exchange with Native American victim assistance leaders. The discussion took place Tuesday ...

Rural Alaska: Rape capital of the US

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.26.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Steubenville is a small Ohio town with a high-profile sex crime that's spawned a scandal and nationwide discussion. Two boys -- local football stars -...

Steubenville Reminder: Rape Is Rape

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Media
Christine Pelosi

Remember 2012 when America was awash in "legitimate rape" stories? Seems some of the networks forgot that rape is rape and that all survivors deserve justice. So to our friends in the media right and left, here is a refresher course: Rape is rape.

VAWA and the Rolled-Up Newspaper of Goodness

Melissa L. Tatum | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Melissa L. Tatum

Sexual assault on Native American women should be regarded as more serious than vandalizing cars in Singapore, and it is about time that Congress recognized it as such.

It's Time to Say No More

Tim Gunn | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Tim Gunn

By branding domestic violence and sexual assault, we aim to engage the general public to understand that, like other health issues -- cancer, heart disease -- domestic violence and sexual assault need to be more of a priority.

VAWA Not a Victory for Alaskan Native Women

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Native American and Alaska Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than other American women. American women are better protected from coast to coast -- but all the way up north? Left out in the cold.

Anti-Violence Measure Includes Key Provisions For Scarred Communities

Al Jazeera English | Kavitha Chekuru | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera English. It seems like an idyllic memory at first - hiding under a table as a small child, watching ...

Jennifer Bendery

John Cornyn Applauds Violence Against Women Act Becoming Law, Even Though He Voted Against It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was among those celebrating President Barack Obama signing the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursda...

Jennifer Bendery

Violence Against Women Act Now Touted By Republicans Who Voted Against Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill late last month, more than 130 House Republicans voted against ...

Gendered Laws: VAWA, IRCA and the Future of Immigration Reform

Laura E. Enriquez | Posted 05.07.2013 | Latino Voices
Laura E. Enriquez

A lesser-known fact of the Violence Against Women Act is that it provides a temporary visa and creates a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants who are the victims of domestic abuse.

No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

With the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, thousands of law enforcement officers will be better equipped to stop violence before it starts, and respond to calls of help when they are needed.

Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed expanded protections for domestic violence victims into law Thursday, renewing a measure credited with cur...

VAWA Gives American Indian Tribes Important New Authority

AP | FELICIA FONSECA | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — American Indian tribes have tried everything from banishment to charging criminal acts as civil offenses to deal with non-Ind...

Obama Poll Watch -- February, 2013

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As expected, Obama's "second honeymoon" in the polls is starting to fade. The election is long over, the inauguration is fading from memory, and now the real legislative struggles of Obama's second term have begun.

But We Have Gotten Landmark LGBT Rights Legislation In 2013!

Sharon Stapel | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

The opening line of HuffPost political reporter Amanda Terkel's Feb. 27 piece "Obama Circumvents Gridlocked Congress To Advance LGBT Rights" caught my eye: "Don't expect any landmark gay rights bills in the 113th Congress." I would like to point out one significant counterexample.

How Do You Prove That Discrimination No Longer Exists?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

At the heart of the discussion about the need for both VAWA and the Voting Rights Act is a fundamental disagreement about what governments should do about discrimination, and, even more so, what they shouldn't do.

VAWA Offers New Protections, But What's Next?

Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact

By Cristina M. Finch, TakePart The vote by Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Thursday is a major step forward for women...

Violence, Redemption, and the Power of Song

Shyla Nelson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Shyla Nelson

In the wake of the trauma, I was at war with my own body. I stopped eating and began wasting away. Singing became excruciating, then impossible, until I completely lost my voice.

Hope and Change Rise From the Ashes of Sandy Hook

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Thank goodness, the President is done turning himself into a human pretzel, and for this we must rejoice. You just can't compromise with folks that hate you and all that you stand for.

Friday Talking Points -- When Universes Collide

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The big news in Washington "journalism" circles this week was not the side issue of "did Obama personally come up with the sequester idea?" but the side-side issue of "did Obama personally take Bob Woodward out to the woodshed and beat him mercilessly with a tire iron?" Or something like that...

Tyler Kingkade

College Sexual Assault Reform Law Headed To Obama's Desk

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

Federal legislation that will reform how colleges treat sexual violence and stalking on campus is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk after th...

Women's History Month Call to Service: Free Our Sisters From Sexual Slavery

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As we celebrate Women's History Month and lift up the sheroes of liberation, we must free our sisters from sexual slavery. Human sex trafficking is a danger to our communities and a scourge on our souls; it must be stopped.

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi On VAWA Fight: 'I Can Never Explain What Republicans Were Thinking'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For all her years in Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she'll "never understand" why House Republicans held o...

Jennifer Bendery

2014 Republican Senate Hopefuls Oppose Violence Against Women Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats just won themselves some fresh ammunition in the next election cycle: nearly all of the potential 2014 Senate Republica...