Violence Against Women
Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

Hundreds March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville

"Today, it's Marissa. Tomorrow, it's you. And yesterday, it was Trayvon."
Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US

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.
'Revenge Rape' in India Leads to Three Arrests

‘Revenge Rape’ in India Leads to Three Arrests

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.
New York Women's Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time

New York Women’s Equality Act Stalled For A Second Time

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.
Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

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.
Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally

Senate Subcommittee to Tackle Violence Against Women Globally

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.
UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation

UK Religious Groups Unite to Condemn Female Genital Mutilation

"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."
American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired.
Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

Senate Set to Approve Rape Kit Backlog Funds

The Senate today is expected to approve $41 million in funding to process hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits across the country.
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and actress and United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie are co-chairing the event, the largest ever of its kind.
Obama Sends US Military Personnel to Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

Obama Sends US Military Personnel to Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

The White House announced this week that it has deployed 80 US military personnel to Chad to help find the over 200 Nigerian girls abducted in April by militant group Boko Haram. “These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” he wrote in a letter to the House and Senate...
Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

The lawsuit alleges that the VA makes military sexual assault survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) go through more procedural hurdles than other veterans to receive disability benefits.
FMF Applauds Release of First Report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

FMF Applauds Release of First Report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

"We are thrilled that the White House is developing concrete actions and guidelines to support survivors and assist universities in preventing sexual assault. No student should have to face sexual violence while at school. Neither should they be abandoned by school officials they trust to protect them."
White House Campus Sexual Assault Task Force Releases First Report

White House Campus Sexual Assault Task Force Releases First Report

To compile "Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault," The Task Force used recommendations it gathered from a wide variety of people during a 90-day review period.
Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

Dartmouth President Calls For Changes In Wake of Federal Sexual Assault Investigation

Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon gave a powerful speech Wednesday night calling for significant changes on campus in light of its high rates of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and discriminatory social scene.
Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth

Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth

Thousands of people are calling on Dartmouth College to improve its sexual assault policies after a student whose name appeared in a "rape guide" on a student-run website was sexually assaulted.
Senate Passes Limited Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill

Senate Passes Limited Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill

Only a few days after the Senate blocked the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), it unanimously approved a bill that proposes several different reforms to combat sexual assault in the military.
Domestic Violence Program Survey Demonstrates Need For More Resources

Domestic Violence Program Survey Demonstrates Need For More Resources

“Every day in this country, victims of domestic violence are bravely reaching out for help, and it’s essential that they have somewhere safe to go."
Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act

"I always hoped we could do the right thing here – and deliver a military justice system that is free from bias and conflict of interest – a military justice system that is worthy of the brave men and women who fight for us."
Michigan State University Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Michigan State University Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Campus police investigated the alleged rape and brought information to the county police department, which declined to prosecute.