Violence Against Women
The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Senate Blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act Again

The Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), championed by Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), was once again blocked by the Senate in a vote yesterday.
New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

New Poll Reaffirms That 1 in 5 College Women are Sexually Assaulted

The data also show that students are divided about the definition of consent, that victims of sexual assault suffer from trauma, and that a small minority of victims report the crime.
Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Gillibrand Continues Fight for Military Justice Improvement Act

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday filed the Military Justice Improvement Act as an amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act.
Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Speier and Meehan Introduce HALT Campus Sexual Violence Act

Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) today re-introduced the Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency (HALT) Campus Sexual Violence Act to strengthen efforts to combat the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses. “We have to stop campus sexual assault in its tracks,” said Speier. “We need real enforcement that will make colleges live...
#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

Dozens of topless protesters stopped traffic in San Francisco last week on the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls to protest the lack of national attention for black women killed by police brutality. The protesters blocked a popular intersection in San Francisco, California, with signs and body paint with messages like this...
SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

The verdict for the 49 men charged with the murder of 27-year- old Farkhunda came yesterday, following a highly publicized and televised week-long trial and public outrage for violence against women in Afghanistan.
Report Released by Sen. Gillibrand Shows Underreporting of Military Sexual Assault

Report Released by Sen. Gillibrand Shows Underreporting of Military Sexual Assault

A new report released by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) this morning shows the Department of Defense (DOD) is grossly under-reporting the number of sexual assault crimes in the US military, particularly those occurring on military bases.
One Year Since the Kidnappings, #BringBackOurGirls Still Matters

One Year Since the Kidnappings, #BringBackOurGirls Still Matters

In April of 2014, almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It's been one year, and 219 of them are still missing.
A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

Nieto, who was convicted last December of one felony count of sexual intercourse with a child and one felony count of lewd act upon a child for sodomizing a 3-year-old toddler, will now only spend 10 years behind bars.
Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women's Rights

Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women’s Rights

27-year-old Farkhunda was falsely accused of burning the Koran then brutally murdered. She's now being held up as a champion of Islam and women's rights.
Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Advocates and legislators agree that although these actions are promising, much more will be necessary for sustainable change in the culture of violence that seems to enshrine professional sports institutions.
Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women

Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women

A Penn State fraternity has been suspended over the discovery of a private Facebook page with photographs of nude women, some of whom appear to have passed out, as well as photos of drug deals and hazing.
Vice President Biden Pledges $41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Vice President Biden Pledges $41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mikulski (D-MD) spoke yesterday at a Maryland State Police Laboratory to declare their support for a $41 million budget proposal to combat the national backlog of rape kits.
New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law this week creating harsher penalties for the murder of women and girls connected to domestic violence.
This Courageous One-Woman Protest Challenged Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan

This Courageous One-Woman Protest Challenged Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan

Kubra Khademi designed and wore an exaggerated breast and buttock armor in a crowded street of Kabul to condemn violence against women.
Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

In just one week, those tests have led to hundreds of leads
This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act.
If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools

If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools

Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change.
New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered sex offenders once they exit the military.