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Violence Against Women

My Friend Dated My Rapist

Anna C. Bloomberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Anna C. Bloomberg

For the past five years, I essentially suffered in silence because I wanted to believe I was the same person I was before the attack. I refused to acknowledge it because I didn't want to be known as the girl who was raped her freshman year.

Violence Against Women

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

November 25 has been enacted and instituted by the United Nations Council as the Day against women's violence in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters wh...

Decoding Excuses For Abuse

David Adams | Posted 10.17.2014 | Women
David Adams

It is important for everyone to become more savvy about abuser's excuses because many people unwittingly reinforce them in how we respond to the abuser's "explanations" for his/her violence, and to understand what taking real responsibility means.

The Cyber War on Women: Anita Sarkeesian Cancels Utah Lecture After Shooting Threats

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

This "perfect storm" of guns and cyber-stalking of women is an example of how Western culture, through both philosophy and Christian theology, works to normalize violence against women, and violence in the general culture.

Facebook vs. the Supreme Court

Richard Zombeck | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Richard Zombeck

Somehow threatening to kill, rape or maim someone is different on a public forum than it would be in person and this particular case is important enough to go all the way to country's highest court for consideration.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl: Why Adolescent Girls Are a Smart Investment

Catherine Russell | Posted 10.13.2014 | DC
Catherine Russell

On Friday, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Malala Yousafzai for her fearless advocacy on behalf of girl's education. Her award is a cause for celebration -- but it is also a call for action, especially as we paused this October 11 to recognize the annual International Day of the Girl.

Bullies, Thieves and Boundaries: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I want you to always remember the girl with braces and braids who stood up for herself. You are worth protecting.

What We Can Learn From Survivors of Sexual Assault

Donna Hakimian | Posted 10.11.2014 | Women
Donna Hakimian

No one is immune from the harm that inequity causes, but the good news is that as our societies become more just, everyone benefits.

A Legacy of Praying Women

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
L. Y. Marlow

I think back on that day my mother stared into the abyss, as though she could still see the stitches that cinched her chest, I thank God that she was a praying woman.

ISIS-ISIL-IS: Thy Name Is Rape and Murder

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

As columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote: "They know that illiteracy, ignorance and oppression of women create the petri dish in which extremism can flourish." Not always. The young men are not just graduates of the infamous madrassas, some of which are in Syria, Pakistan, and Nigeria and teach a narrow version of the Koran and not much else. Still, the lack of educational opportunities around the world, where 58 million children are not in school and 10 million child brides are married off each year, contribute to the appeal of radicals. It is hard to oppose judicious airstrikes in the short-term. But helping refugees, particularly the three million Syrians in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, get proper schooling is vital. Otherwise the bombs will reign for decades.

Violence Against Women Affects All Women -- Even You

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Marilyn Nagel

We need to be true to our sisters, even when they don't stand up for themselves. We have to be the voice that says we demand dignity and refuse to support a sport that does not take women -- all women -- seriously.

The War at Home

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

Like any other form of violence, domestic violence is a destructive exercise of power that strips victims of their autonomy, yet it is rarely considered as seriously. As a nation, we have a responsibility to end violence of any scale.

Comedians Send Powerful Message Against Sexual Harassment In India

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

A group of comedians in India has sent a powerful message about the harassment and discrimination many women in the country face. In its video tit...

Companies May Ignore Domestic Abuse Prevention Out Of Fear Of Being Viewed As 'Anti-Male'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact

Domestic violence prevention programs aren't getting the support they need from corporate America because some companies may think the issue alienates...

What Is Original Sin?

Sarah Key | Posted 10.03.2014 | Women
Sarah Key

The original sin is not knowledge, it is rape. When men, women, and children are rendered powerless in the face of violence, there should be no tolerance for that.

Security Begins and Ends in the Home

Mark Testoni | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Mark Testoni

Ensuring the safety of those who can't defend themselves at home is at least as important as securing the nation from external threats.

The Real Takeaway From UVA

Amy Siskind | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Amy Siskind

We've missed an opportunity for a discussion on the broader issue -- violence against college women, part of an age group which is the most vulnerable.

Fighting Violence With Voice: Transforming the Conversation on Violence Against Women

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro

While recent high-profile examples come from the United States, violence against women is a global issue, and remains one of the most entrenched and horrific forms of gender inequality.

For Women, Gun Violence Often Linked to Domestic Violence

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

To prevent fatal violence against women, we need to ensure communities have the resources to help women who are the potential victims of domestic violence. Moreover, we should do everything we can at both the state and federal levels to ensure abusers do not have access to guns.

2015: The Year of the Woman

Natalie Pace | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Natalie Pace

How far have we come over the last two decades? What goals have been achieved, and what remains to be realized? 2015 will be a year where the United Nations, concerned citizens, non-government organizations and the media will dive into the details.

America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.01.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

You don't hear much about domestic sex trafficking from the media or government officials, and yet it infects suburbs, cities and towns across the nation.

Why Emma Watson's Words to the UN on Feminism Weren't Game-Changing

Jessica Burdon | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Jessica Burdon

I was surprised by the hype. I hadn't considered any one of Watson's scripted statements to be new, let alone groundbreaking. They were simply a helpful reminder of what battles still need to be fought upon the field of modern feminism. Or was I missing something?

How Domestic Violence Affects High School Students, Too

Lindsey Cook | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women
Lindsey Cook

We need a nationwide conversation with young women. There's a difference between a bad relationship and an abusive one, and there's a difference between persistence and stalking.

God Speaks: Humanity's Call

Maria Portas | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Maria Portas

Humanity's Call on this life, is to get the whole place back to what it is meant to be! Where children are not suffering. Where people are being fed, and where we are all taking care of each and every person here on Earth.

We Need #YesAllWomen Now More Than Ever Before

Madeline Wahl | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

We are living in the year 2014 and we are still fighting for equality between men and women. We are still fighting for equal rights and equal pay. Women should not have to feel afraid to walk alone at night. Women should not be afraid to speak their voices loud and clear. Women should not be afraid to want a higher education, to want to learn.