Violence Against Women
Russell Wilson Wants Us All to #PassThePeace to Survivors of Domestic Violence

Russell Wilson Wants Us All to #PassThePeace to Survivors of Domestic Violence

“The idea behind Pass the Peace is simple. It’s a promise. I’m sharing my love for you. I want to take care of you. I am here for you.”
White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

As part of the "It's On Us" campaign to end campus sexual assault by changing campus culture, the White House has released guidance to assist with enforcement of institutional Title IX policies.
UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State's Attacks on Women

UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State’s Attacks on Women

The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also know as ISIS.
A Dangerous Intersection: Guns Make Domestic Violence Even Deadlier

A Dangerous Intersection: Guns Make Domestic Violence Even Deadlier

It is not possible to discuss domestic violence and violence against women without talking about reforming our gun control laws here in the United States.
Advocates and Legislators Say NFL Corrections Go Wide, But Not Deep Enough

Advocates and Legislators Say NFL Corrections Go Wide, But Not Deep Enough

Women's rights activists and anti-violence advocates are continuing to put pressure on the National Football League.
Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers

Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers

The complaint, filed with the Department of Agriculture on behalf of hundreds of women in the Forest Service's Region 5 in California, claims officials did not do enough to stop harassment and abuse.
Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk

Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk

The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits. The bill, already passed in the House, now heads to President Obama to become law.
GALLERY: Inside the White House Launch of the "It's On Us" Campaign

GALLERY: Inside the White House Launch of the “It’s On Us” Campaign

Today, the White House announced the official launch of "It's On Us," a media initiative aimed at ending campus sexual assault. Here's a glimpse into what happened!
New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault

New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault

President Barack Obama today announced It's On Us, a multi-platform media campaign and action plan targeted at ending campus sexual assault.
The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

These appointments create a deep pool of expertise for the NFL to draw from as the League attempts to recover from its mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation - but included no African-American women.
If The NFL Isn't Afraid of Losing Women, They Should Be

If The NFL Isn’t Afraid of Losing Women, They Should Be

I'm really glad the NFL screwed this up, because the impact of this moment really could change that intangible, unwieldy beast called "culture" for the better.
Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

The United States Department of Education has completed its investigation into The Ohio State University's compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX, and OSU has agreed to take steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment.
Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

The vicious public attack received national attention and sparked outrage among Afghan women leaders.
Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Fifteen girls participated in the race to raise awareness about violence against women. Many others, including government and education leaders in the province, escorted them to the finish line.
California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

The bill will radically change the current standard of proving sexual assault, which requires victims of sexual assault to demonstrate that they did not consent.
Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.
New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command

The law also now requires the California Military Department to report annually to the state government on sexual assault incidences and prevention plans.
Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim's Advocates at California Universities

Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates at California Universities

Senator Barbara Boxer urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday.
Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Twenty years ago, a doctor at a hospital in Peru raped a 22-year-old woman who was getting medical care. Now, after human-rights groups fought for the case, the Peruvian government has finally settled the case.