Violence Against Women
Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage

Fraternity Signs Promote Rape Culture, Elicit Outrage

The signs, which ask for first-year women- and their moms- to be dropped off at an ODU fraternity "for a good time," have elicited outrage and a promise of disciplinary action from the University.
Amnesty Votes on Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work, Sparks Feminist Debate

Amnesty Votes on Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work, Sparks Feminist Debate

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women sent an open letter signed by over 400 groups and individuals to Amnesty International asking it to reconsider a policy to decriminalize sex work.
Texas Woman Files Complaint After Officer Forcibly Searches her Vagina

Texas Woman Files Complaint After Officer Forcibly Searches her Vagina

"I feel like they sexually assaulted me! I really do," Charnesia Corley said about a forced body-cavity search following a traffic stop in which a Texas deputy claimed he smelled marijuana.
Mexican Court Convicts Five Men to 697 Years in Prison for Femicide

Mexican Court Convicts Five Men to 697 Years in Prison for Femicide

The ruling is being called a "megajuicio," or mega-judgement, by the Mexican press.
Trump Lawyer Gets Marital Rape So Wrong

Trump Lawyer Gets Marital Rape So Wrong

Recently Michael Cohen, special counsel for the Trump Organization, in denying a story by Daily Beast reporters Tim Mak and Brandy Zadrozny that claimed Donald Trump had raped his first wide, Ivana, said: “Of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.” Although Ivana denied this claim, Cohen’s gross misunderstanding of...
President Obama's Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama’s Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama was recently asked about Bill Cosby - and in his answer, gave a modern definition of consent that has feminists across the country applauding.
This DC Council Member Wants Sexual Assault Convictions to Appear on College Transcripts

This DC Council Member Wants Sexual Assault Convictions to Appear on College Transcripts

DC At-Large Council member Anita Bonds proposed new legislation this week that would require colleges and universities to clearly mark the transcript of a college student convicted of sexual assault while on campus, putting it permanently on a student's college record.
Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students

Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students

California legislation aimed at preventing sexual assault and educating high school students on healthy relationships is poised to become law, as it passed the California Assembly Education Committee last week.
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.