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Sexual Violence

Gay Man Details The Physical And Mental Anguish Of His Abusive Relationship

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Conversations about abusive relationships among same-sex couples often go untold, but one survivor opened up to HuffPost Live to share his harrowing e...

This Is Where You Left Me

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women
Audrey Hayworth

The words 'broken' and 'damaged' are thrown around frequently to describe people like me. Shattered, and unable to form the ashes into something, anything at all, would be how I would describe the state of mind I lived with for a very long time.

Why Your College Campus Should Ban Yik Yak

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 10.03.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

If you think really, really hard, can anyone come up with a single conceivable way in which Yik Yak might do something so good that it outweighs the fear it's putting in members of these communities?

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.

In Brazil, the World Cup Is Over But the Sexual Violence Continues

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

A few short weeks after the World Cup ended in Rio de Janeiro, four military police officers were arrested for the rape of three young women in a Rio de Janeiro favela. This episode and others have pointed to continual patterns of sexual violence in Brazil.

Yes Means Yes: Breaking Down Sexual Violence on UC Berkeley's Campus

Hannah Berkman | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Hannah Berkman

The California state legislature unanimously passed a bill this month requiring universities to redefine their official definitions of consent as an "affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." The bill's passing is an incredibly needed step in the right direction.

Effective Ways to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.

Bathroom Break: India's Sanitation Crisis Is Trapping Women in a Cycle of Violence

Anushay Hossain | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

Roughly 53 percent of Indian households, still use public streets and fields as bathrooms. And it's the women of India who are paying the highest price.

Ending Gender-Based Violence Around the World

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

Thousands Are Sexually Assaulted In The U.S. Military Every Year. These Are Some Of Their Stories.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women

In 2009, Jessica Hinves, then an Air Force fighter jet mechanic, said she was raped by a member of her squadron -- a man she had considered a good fri...

Finding My Voice (and Using It) to End Sexual Violence

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Erin McKelle

As much as people may want to deny it, young people are driving the sexual assault prevention and feminist movements forward. They are the catalysts.

The War on Women: Stop Ignoring It (Pt. 1)

Kuro Tawil | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Kuro Tawil

I've been thinking about this for some time, and I have decided to put down my thoughts on what I personally consider to be the steps we need to take as a world towards a long term solution to these issues of sexually based violence.

Ebola Isn't Unique: Women Are Significantly More Likely to Die in Disasters

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

This is an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions. Factors that contribute to higher risks for women are gender role expectations, gendered poverty and the impact of boy preference on education, nutrition and resource allocation -- before, during and after events.

The Modus Operandi of ISIS: A War Waged on the Battleground of Women's Bodies

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Surveying events in Syria, Erika Feller, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is sounding the alarm that sexual violence is being utilized "as a weapon of war." This clearly extends to Iraq with ISIS' increasing operational tactic of inducing widespread fear through rape and kidnapping.

Public Monument to Rape Survivors Garners Public Support

Rebecca Nagle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Nagle

Even though I am around it constantly, the power of the quilt still surprises me at moments.

These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

A new study reflects a troubling reality regarding sexual assault on Skid Row. The Downtown Women's Action Coalition, which aims to improve housi...

Connecting Sexual Violence with the Need for Comprehensive Sex Education

Pamela Zimmerman | Posted 10.11.2014 | New York
Pamela Zimmerman

Comprehensive sex education provides young people the tools they need to build healthy relationships and prevent sexual violence in our communities.

The Ray Rice Teachable Moment: Coaching Boys Into Men

M.L. Carr | Posted 10.08.2014 | Sports
M.L. Carr

Some people are asking, "What kind of message is the NFL sending to women and girls about how they are valued in society?" We have another question: What kinds of messages are young boys receiving from the Ray Rice incident?

There's No Easy Answer to Sexual Violence in India

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Murali Balaji

India's sexual violence is unique in some ways, but in others, it reflects the global crisis of violence against women, particularly girls.

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

Women Don't Feel As Safe As Men On College Campuses

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.26.2014 | College

Women feel less safe on college campuses than their male counterparts, according to a recent Chegg survey. The survey found 43 percent of female s...

War Criminal Accepts Conviction and Expresses Regret for Victims' Suffering: What About Reparations?

Stephen Smith Cody | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Stephen Smith Cody

Few observers expected Germain Katanga, a militia leader found guilty of promoting ruthless attacks on civilians in eastern Congo, to lay down his arms and accept the judgment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"Concern"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

Cast: CONCERNED AMERICAN ONE and CONCERNED AMERICAN TWO Setting: American supermarket. Rush hour. June 25, 2014.

Why We Must Act When Women in Iraq Document Rape

Clare Winterton | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Clare Winterton

Like many of you, I've been glued to the news from Iraq. As I read headlines of unspeakable crimes and sectarian violence, I notice there's something missing: the voices of Iraqi women. As with most conflicts, rape is used as a weapon of war. Iraq is no exception.