#FreeMarissa: Why Prosecution for Domestic Violence So Often Goes Wrong, and Why Marissa Shouldn’t Bear the Brunt of It
I can absolutely understand and relate to the calculating one must go through before taking any action to stop an abuser from being abusive. That's why I find Marissa Alexander’s story so enraging.
"Today, it's Marissa. Tomorrow, it's you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon."
The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk or have experienced the practice.
A man in eastern India was arrested for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl this week in "retaliation" for the girl's brother having allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.
Although the State Senate passed nine planks of the WEA as separate bills, the full act ultimately did not move forward because Senate Republicans opposed a provision that would codify Roe v. Wade.
Dozens of students, organizations, concerned citizens and U.S. Senators packed the small hearing room in Dirksen early this morning to show support for IVAWA and CEDAW--two critical tools the US hasn't taken action on in years.
To date, 187 countries support this international agreement to reduce violence and discrimination. The US isn't one of them. Tomorrow's hearing could be an opportunity to redeem that standing.
"No girl or woman should ever be forced to choose between her safety and her religious community and tradition and it is our sacred obligation to be just agents of change against this unjust practice."
Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired.