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The Mixed Message I Have to Send My Daughter About Her Body

Kiranjit K. Longaker | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Kiranjit K. Longaker

I nurture in my daughter a terrible mixed message: one, that she has full sexual self-ownership, and two, that the specter of violence ultimately robs her of sexual self-ownership.

Why You Should Listen To 'Another Damn Rape Poem'

Posted 04.04.2014 | Women

"We wouldn't need so many damn rape poems if America had listened the first time." That's just one of many powerful lines from "Rape Poem To End Al...

'How To Not Get Raped' Video Makes Perfect Sense. Not.

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 03.13.2014 | College

Cat Del Buono's satirical comprehensive guide on "how to not get raped" is inspired by WikiHow, Cosmopolitan Magazine, the University of Colorado and ...

Women's History Month Call to Service: Pursue Liberty to Achieve Justice

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

I imagine what this aspiring lawyer would have thought of her only daughter Nancy becoming a top lawmaker in the country -- the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives. I carry my grandmother's dream with me every day.

Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.07.2014 | Women

Wolf-whistles, "hey baby" and "keep smiling honey!" are the types of things you'd expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what...

Remembering the Real Victims of Rape

Angie Epifano | Posted 02.22.2014 | College
Angie Epifano

For the first time, survivors are speaking out about our experiences and demanding our rights to safe support, free from retaliation. In return, we've been treated worse than the people who made us survivors. If there is any chance for change, it cannot ride solely on the backs of survivors. It has to come from everybody.

Dear Prudence: Stop Victim Blaming

Laura L. Dunn | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Laura L. Dunn

Slate had a meaningfully opportunity with its article to challenge how our society views alcohol as an excuse for sexual violence, but instead it added another cautionary tale to the mountain of victim blaming message given to women.

The New Normal

Diane Russell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Diane Russell

They say "truth is stranger than fiction" and we certainly have some incredible examples as of late, so much so that it makes you wonder if recent headlines weren't actually some bad-on-purpose movie where things like sharknados are actually real.

"If He Really Stalked Her, Why Isn't She Crying?"

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.03.2013 | Crime
Christine Pelosi

At a meeting in chambers with the judge and defense counsel, we discussed scheduling for the afternoon. The judge then looked at me and said words I'll never forget: "If he really stalked her, why isn't she crying?"

Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

It pains me to think of how survivors of military sexual assault must feel as they witness this ongoing debate between Congress and military officials, which will affect their fate on a deeply personal level. We must be asking ourselves how we can support victims of these crimes.

Victim Blaming Has Achieved a New Low Watermark

Lori Day | Posted 08.03.2013 | Media
Lori Day

When you consider that animals bring on their own assaults, it is not hard to understand this same mentality when applied to all sorts of people by other people.

Why Didn't Ariel Castro's Victims Run Away? It's Simple

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Crime
Jincey Lumpkin

Over and over and over, women and girls receive the message to keep quiet, be sweet and not cause a fuss. It's a rigged system. And yet the public is shocked and dismayed when victims of violent abuse stay or defend the abuser.

The 7-Step Guide to Misery

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Why would someone make the choice to be miserable? Because it is often a way of getting attention and of attempting to get someone else to be responsible for them. If this is what you want, here is a roadmap to make sure you accomplish your goal!

Steubenville: We're Sick and Tired of Rape Being Treated Like an Unavoidable Joke

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

This isn't "just" about alcohol or teens or dashed football aspirations. It has much broader implications about consent and what we are failing to teach children.

The Most Damaging Assumption About Divorce

Lisa Arends | Posted 05.11.2013 | Divorce
Lisa Arends

When people learn that my husband of ten years abandoned me with a text message, avoided any communication, committed marital fraud and carried out felony bigamy, the first reaction I get is often surprise and disbelief. The second? Blame.

Heroes and Victims

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

The cause of government transparency in general, and even of WikiLeaks in particular, doesn't live or die with Julian Assange. If he's innocent, then I'm happy to let him keep his place at the head of this important movement. But if he's guilty, the world won't end.

Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?

Dr. Craig Malkin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Dr. Craig Malkin

Mark Warden's recent comments about domestic violence reflect our shared confusion and impatience as a society. It doesn't matter whether we're conservatives or liberals, ignorant or well-informed, we all have an instant negative reaction when we see people return to or stay in abusive relationships.

Parenting: The Ultimate Joke Killer (Why I Can't Laugh at Manti Te'o)

Christina Pesoli | Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

The problem is this: Whenever I see someone young enough to be my kid in a difficult situation, I tend to imagine my own kid in the same spot.

Jason Linkins

Jim Moran Is Not Exactly Helping His Embattled Son Out | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

The Washington City Paper reports that the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), Patrick Moran, pled guilty Wednesday to simple assault stemming from an inci...

Chronicling an Everyday Rape in Haiti

Athena Kolbe | Posted 01.20.2013 | Crime
Athena Kolbe

We spoke with the police chief from the area where the assault took place. Since the medical report made no mention of the violent nature of the assault, and despite the fact that police had seen Wendy's bruises and cuts, the officer following her file said that there was nothing he could do.

Overestimating Courage: Sexual Harrassment Study Suggests People Aren't As Brave As They Think

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science

A recent study suggests that people perceive they would respond more aggressively to sexual harassment compared to how people actually react in real-l...

A Teen Girl's Response To Todd Akin's Comments

Venus Meets Isis | Posted 11.04.2012 | Teen
Venus Meets Isis

From a teenager's viewpoint, I personally believe that this statement was repulsive and wrongly accuses women of having the ability to prevent pregnancies in the case of rape.

Todd Akin's Irresponsibility Outweighs His Arrogance

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Hayley Rose Horzepa

Being raped is a difficult experience to endure and the recovery from this traumatic event is just as difficult. So difficult that some people never get over it. It is irresponsible for people like Todd Akin to question its validity.

Sexual Assault More Prevalent Than Many Think

The Daily Collegian | Posted 06.05.2012 | College
The Daily Collegian

April honors a lot of our friends, family members and colleagues, whether we know it or not. It is up to us to make sure we don't ignore their cry for help, even if a survivor never makes him or herself known to us.

Shame And Blame: Facing The Unintended Consequences Of Health Messaging

Leah Berkenwald | Posted 03.24.2012 | Health and Fitness
Leah Berkenwald

Health communication professionals must be better trained to anticipate the unintended consequences of their campaigns and examine the stigmas and stereotypes they reinforce.