Violence Against Women
Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year.
Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War

Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War

More than 20 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Advocates for Youth, and several human rights and faith-based groups, came together to urge President Obama to ensure that US foreign assistance helps survivors of war rape access comprehensive medical care, including abortion.
Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault

Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault

According to the the Pentagon report, there were about 19,000 cases of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact last year - over 50 cases a day. Of those who do report, nearly two-thirds reported that they faced retaliation.
Supreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech

Supreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech

In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her.
The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice

The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice

In September, Rice was given a two-game ban, then an indefinite ban, by the NFL when a video was released of him punching his fiancee unconscious in an elevator then dragging her out.
Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal

As of Monday, Alexander must serve another 65 days in Duval County Jail. After that time, Alexander must spend another two years on house arrest.
UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture

UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture

The decision closely follows the release of a Rolling Stone article detailing a pattern of rape and sexual assault occurring at UVA fraternities, which has caused student and faculty protests and sparked national outrage.
UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her...
Oklahoma City Police Officer Will Go to Trial for 36 Counts of Sexual Assault

Oklahoma City Police Officer Will Go to Trial for 36 Counts of Sexual Assault

After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Transphobia

Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness About the Dangers of Transphobia

Today marks the 15th annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a memorial for all transgender (and other non-gender-conforming people) who have lost their lives due to hatred and violence toward their identity.
Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence and Fair Wage Movements

"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem said.
Sexual Assault Awareness Events Will Place Throughout the Country This Week

Sexual Assault Awareness Events Will Place Throughout the Country This Week

"It's On Us" launched a nationwide Week of Action yesterday, with students at campuses throughout the country hosting events calling on everyone to play a role in ending campus sexual violence.
NFL and Black Women's Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence

NFL and Black Women’s Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence

National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell finally met with members of the Black Women's Roundtable last week after failing to invite any women of color to weigh in on the League's initial plan of action on domestic violence.
UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence

UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence

Police brutality, military sexual assault, and gender-based violence in the US came under scrutiny this week.
Pentagon Launches Largest-Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey

Pentagon Launches Largest-Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey

The report will be issued online to all 200,000 active-duty servicewomen and 300,000 servicemen.
Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action

A student-run feminist group at Columbia University is facing up to $1,500 in charges after a protest of campus rape and sexual assault.
Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures

Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures

Advocates for survivors of sexual violence in North Dakota and Tennessee urged voters to turn down two dangerous anti-abortion measures when they go to the polls on this Tuesday, stressing the damage these measures would cause.
Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors

Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors

One in six women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have experienced some form of sexual assault, but only 5 percent have reported it.
Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan's EVAW Law

Mullah Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Rape Under Afghanistan’s EVAW Law

Judge Mohammad Suliman Rasuli sentenced Mullah Mohammad Amin - a religious leader from Afghanistan - to 20 years in prison Saturday for the rape of a 10-year-old girl in Kunduz province.
Obama Administration Issues New Rule to Strengthen Response to Campus Sexual Violence

Obama Administration Issues New Rule to Strengthen Response to Campus Sexual Violence

After the Department of Education's announcement of final rule on implementing changes last week, the Clery Act will now more effectively address and report campus violence.