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Sexual Violence

Historic Transition in Libya Must Not Forget the Survivors of Sexual Violence

Margot Wallström | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Margot Wallström

It is now crucial that Libya's own role in the country's historic transition must give hope and translate into assistance also for survivors of sexual violence.

Porn, Santorum, and the Politics of the Left

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

While I don't support some mindless ban on porn, I am deeply disappointed that the left continues to exalt porn as some manifestation of sexual liberation, free speech, or women's empowerment.

Are Women Mad Enough to Get the Job Done?

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 05.11.2012 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Something is definitely changing in America, and my heart tells me there is no going back. We are angry and ready for action. But are we angry enough?

Thank You, Liz Trotta

Nancy Parrish | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

Sexual predators in the military are unafraid, because they know an unwritten code shields them. In her ignorance, Liz Trotta shone a bright light on this ugly, damaging truth.

Sisters, We've Let Our Daughters Down

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.08.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

How did it happen that so many of our children are going to school, and studying math, and science, and history, and design, and deciding that the best way to get on in the world is to let boys use their bodies?

Naming and Shaming Sexual Violence

Margot Wallström | Posted 04.22.2012 | Women
Margot Wallström

There is a lingering myth that rape is inevitable in times of war. But if sexual violence can be planned, it can be punished; if it can be commanded, it can be condemned.

Sexual Violence Has No Place in Egypt's Public Forum

Nadya Khalife | Posted 02.19.2012 | World
Nadya Khalife

The Egyptian government and elections committee need to do far more to prevent sexual harassment and assaults, starting with recognizing how serious and common the problem is and ensuring that the attackers don't get away with it.

Question 21: Making Progress

Greg Jacob | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Greg Jacob

Question 21 is a huge barrier that keeps service members from seeking out counseling following a sexual assault. Answering "Yes" leads to an investigation where they are required to provide the details that can be retriggering and devastatingly retraumatizing.

It's Time to Protect Women and Children in Immigration Detention From Rape

Michelle Brané | Posted 02.05.2012 | World
Michelle Brané

"The doors were locked, there were no cars on the road, and there was nothing I could do. I just shut up. I was crying, and he talked to me as if I were nothing. I thought he was going to kill me."

Jailed Afghan Woman Freed But Urged To Marry Rapist

nytimes.com | ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 12.02.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — When the Afghan government announced Thursday that it would pardon a woman who had been imprisoned for adultery after she repor...

Time to Involve Women in Post-conflict Rebuilding

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Marianne Mollmann

These past few months have been big on words and renewed promises on women's participation, in particular in post-conflict settings. While it is incumbent on all of us to make sure these promises are kept, governments have a special obligation to ensure equality.

Sex Assault Victims Suffer Twice in China

Zeng Jinyan | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Zeng Jinyan

Women who have been raped, sexually violated, or forced to be sex slaves face persecution, not justice, from the authorities in China.

Women and Men in Partnership: Eradicating Gender Violence

Tabby Biddle | Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

More of our conversations in the media, in our communities, in our spiritual centers, in our schools, and in our homes need to be about how we as women and men, girls and boys, truly feel about each other. Do we respect each other? Why? Why not?

Getting Past The Word 'Slut'

Desiree Moodie | Posted 12.07.2011 | Black Voices
Desiree Moodie

I feel the need to say this because the voices of a few from the "community" so easily get taken for the voices of all. For all the time black people spend trying to convince everyone else that we are not a monolith, we need to remind ourselves of that as well.

Topless Women at SlutWalk Demand Respect: Is This the Right Tactic?

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books
Leora Tanenbaum

For at least a decade, women angry about the sexual double standard have tried to wrest control of the "slut" label. Is the time ripe to appropriate "slut"? Forgive me, sisters: I don't think so.

LOOK: Thousands Gather For SlutWalk NYC

Posted 12.03.2011 | New York

There was an other protest Saturday in New York that didn't end with the arrest of 700 people. Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Union Square...

An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers

Susan Brison | Posted 09.27.2011 | Black Voices
Susan Brison

We are deeply concerned. As Black women and girls we find no space in SlutWalk, no space for participation and to unequivocally denounce rape and sexual assault as we have experienced it.

New Approach Needed to Combat Sexual Assault and Harassment

Ellen Bravo | Posted 10.16.2011 | Women
Ellen Bravo

My friend recently asked whether I could talk to her daughter about how to deal with men leering at her. The daughter is eleven.

SlutWalk in Philly and WorldWide: Long Overdue Focus on the Blame and Shame of Women

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 10.11.2011 | Women
SaraKay Smullens

All of my professional life, I have spoken out against the shame and blame women have endured for centuries. These young people have found a way to join together and force a new generation to begin to listen in necessary new ways.

Nyiramasuhuko: The Mother Who Awarded Rape For Murder

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

The wheels of international criminal justice may be slow, but turn they will, and as Pauline Nyiramasuhuko's case would come to illustrate, they can generate important judicial outcomes.

The Best Tool to Catch Rapists

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There are nearly 200,000 DNA rape kits sitting -- ignored and forgotten -- in law enforcement storage areas across this country. Can you think of any other crime where police have definitive evidence and fail to process it?

The Chilling Effect

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 09.28.2011 | Women
Taina Bien-Aime

At the heels of the NYPD rape case that shockingly led to an acquittal, there could be yet another chilling effect on reporting sex crimes if the DSK case is dismissed.

WATCH: Male Rape Victims -- The 'Double Taboo' Of Global Sexual Violence

Posted 09.28.2011 | World

The increasingly brutal raping of Congo women has been dominating the global headlines for some time, but now, Al-Jazeera is shedding light onto an ev...

Dusty Broom Closets in Congo: Rethinking Programming to Combat Sexual Violence

Mark Canavera | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Mark Canavera

It was a stuffy, windowless broom closet like any other -- replete with empty cardboard boxes, threadbare rags, mops, and of course brooms. "This is where we counsel rape victims," said the center manager.

UN Report: Mass Rapes By Government Troops In Congo

AP | SALEH MWANAMILONGO and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 09.21.2011 | World

KINSHASA, Congo — The United Nations on Friday named two Congolese army colonels who appear to be blocking an investigation of soldiers accused ...