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Victim Blaming

Women Ages 18-50 React To The Phrase 'She Was Asking For It'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.05.2015 | Women

"Bullsh*t." "Wrong." "Lie." "F**k you."  These are just a few of the words women ages 18 to 50 years old thought of when they were aske...

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

How Not to Be a Victim

Grace de Rond | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace de Rond

I went from a time when we ate oatmeal for dinner because it was all we had, when I kept the school proofs because I couldn't afford the photos, an...

'Being A Passive Bystander Is Not A Crime'

Jackie Fuchs | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Jackie Fuchs

Being a passive bystander is not a "crime." If we have any hope at all of putting an end to incidents like these, we need to stop doubting the accusers and start holding rapists, abusers and bullies accountable. What we don't need to do is point fingers at those who weren't to blame for their actions.

Why We Don't Want to Believe Bill Cosby Might Actually Be a Rapist

Megan Maas | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Megan Maas

We all victim blame. Even after years of education and training in this area, I still do it all the time, and have to consistently be aware of my thoughts when I hear of a sex crime. Which is exactly why we need to be aware of this and try to recognize when we go there and choose to think differently.

John Green, YA Authors, and Rape Culture

Camryn Garrett | Posted 07.01.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

The fact of the matter is that John Green and all of the other authors who jumped down this girl's throat had all of the power. Adults always have the power -- that's often why it's so difficult to speak up when they aren't treating us correctly.

Revenge Porn Is More Than a Violation of Privacy It Is Digital Sexual Assault

Olivia Wilson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Olivia Wilson

The narratives we're listening to as revenge porn reaches mainstream news aren't just about victim blaming, they're about negotiating a new age of digital interactions and an ugly manifestation of how women are viewed and treated.

But I Was Lucky: It Wasn't Rape

Yenli Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Yenli Wong

Rape does not occur in a vacuum -- there are many types of sexual violence and colleges need to take all of them seriously.

This Mom Saw In One Drunk Man A Crushing Response To Rape Culture

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women

What started out as one woman's astute observation about a drunk young man at a bus terminal has turned into a viral sensation slamming rape culture. ...

I Wasn't 'Asking For It'

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.20.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

"You keep wearing trash like this and you'll end up a whore, just like the women who represent Playboy. Is that what you want? To be nothing but a slut?"

Why Every Assault Matters

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Women
Abby Rosmarin

It's been 10 years and my go-to is still to downplay it. Call it The Incident. Maybe if I'm feeling extra self-aware, I'll call it The Assault. But then I think about it and remember things, and it takes a lot of self-control not to backtrack.

Nina Bahadur

Viral 'Terre Des Femmes' Photo Series Shares An Important Message, But Not An Original One | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.21.2015 | Women

A powerful feminist poster series about judging women by their clothing has gone viral -- but it looks strikingly similar to a project from 2013. T...

'What Was He Wearing?' Why the Media Needs to Ask the Right Questions About Rape and Violence

Phoebe K. Schreiner | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Phoebe K. Schreiner

Violence against women is learned, not innate or inevitable. It's everyone's problem and everyone's responsibility to solve, and we urgently need to insist on keeping our focus on challenging the culture of violence that perpetuates values almost none of us want to embrace.

A Powerful Look At How Devastating Sexual Bullying Can Be

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

Twelve million people have read one woman's diaries -- and her entries show how much power the word "slut" has. Emily Lindin was branded the schoo...

If Reporting A Robbery Was Like Reporting A Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

What if law enforcement talked to people who have been robbed the same way they often treat people who have been sexually assaulted? A new video wr...

No, The Glass Ceiling Is Not Women's Fault

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

Things will only start to change once we stop blaming women, and start challenging the flawed system they must navigate. And I have no problem saying that assertively.

Valor, Victimhood, and Valentine's Day: How I Recommitted to Love

Meghan O'Dea | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Meghan O'Dea

This year for Valentine's I'm cooking myself a steak and pouring myself a glass of Merlot. I will cut into my steak, red and rare, decant my dark, rich wine, and this is its own bloody communion.

Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

Anna Joseph | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media
Anna Joseph

Co-authored by Kerry Richards, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz--famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law Sch...

The Truth About Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And if any crime deserves its own month of awareness, it is trafficking. Owning and using another person for your own financial benefit and sense of power is horrific.

How I Learned to Use Pain to Leverage Unstoppability

Carol Egan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol Egan

Do you ever feel stuck, like something is blocking you from feeling empowered in life? You know that "over the moon" confidence and happiness that tho...

The Sin of Provocation

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

This morning on the news, I heard someone complain that the editors of Charlie Hebdo were guilty of the "sin of provocation" for continuing to publish any cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. It clarified something for me.

The Attack On Charlie Hebdo Was A Symbolic Tragedy So Quit Trying To Change The Subject

Liam Smith | Posted 03.12.2015 | Media
Liam Smith

We must recognize the value that comes from pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable, of breaking taboos, of standing up to thugs. Not to do so speaks to a form of cowardice only supplanted by the news outlets who have refused to show the cartoons and the even more pathetic attempts to justify that decision. It gives those who wish to intimidate us exactly what they want: self-censorship brought on by fear.

9 Absurd Justifications For Police Killings Of Unarmed Black Males

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent weeks, protests have spread across America in response to multiple grand juries declining to indict police officers responsible for the ...

Fight for the Right to Take Nude Photos

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The surest way to avoid ever having your most private photos shared publicly is to not take them in the first place. This is the philosophy behind the most common advice given to teens, among whom the rates of "sexting" continue to rise. Trust no one. Share nothing. Even better: Take nothing. It's ridiculous logic.

If People Talked About Stolen Wallets The Way People Talk About Rape

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women

Rape is a crime where people often blame the victim in a way they wouldn't had another crime occurred -- for example, the theft of a wallet. Caitl...