Violence Against Women

Thousands of Yazidis Remain Enslaved Two Years after Capture

Today is the second anniversary of the violent attack on the Yazidis of Sinjar by ISIS fighters, resulting in the death, kidnapping, or enslavement of an estimated 10,000 Yazidis.

Domestic Violence Victims Now Protected From Housing Discrimination in New York

The New York City Council voted on legislation that updates and strengthens the New York City Human Rights Law on July 26, which will protect domestic violence victims from housing discrimination.

Retaliation Gang Rape in India amid Widespread Sexual Violence

A 21-year-old student in India is recovering after she was abducted, drugged and raped by five men, two of whom are currently out on bail awaiting trial for gang raping the same woman in 2013.

Pakistani Feminist Killed by Brother

A Pakistani celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was violently strangled to death by her brother last week, in what he referred to as an “honor killing.”

New Report Finds Doctors Who Sexually Abuse Patients Receive Little Punishment

The Atlantic Journal-Constitution released a year-long investigative report on Tuesday documenting the minimal punishments doctors who have been found guilty of sexual abuse receive.

SCOTUS Upholds Strong Domestic Violence Gun Ban Law

The Supreme Court decided 6-2 in Voisine v. United States to affirm protections for victims of domestic violence by preventing individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence from owning guns.

Federal Court Rejects Title IX Claim Made By Columbia Student Accused of Sexual Assault

A federal district court judge dismissed a lawsuit on Friday from a former Columbia University student who claimed that the university had violated Title IX by failing to protect him after one of his accusers, Emma Sulkowicz, publicly protested the university's failure to find him responsible for sexual misconduct.
Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty.
FMF Joins the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

FMF Joins the Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

In the United States, women’s groups join in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
Update: Deputy Fields Has Been Fired

Update: Deputy Fields Has Been Fired

Update: The officer who violently attacked a female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina has been fired, his boss reports.
Outrage Over Footage of Officer Assaulting Black Student in South Carolina High School

Outrage Over Footage of Officer Assaulting Black Student in South Carolina High School

An outpouring of national outrage has followed footage of Deputy Ben Fields attacking a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina for allegedly refusing to leave her the classroom.
Feminist Groups Oppose FratPAC Bill

Feminist Groups Oppose FratPAC Bill

The bill would make it more difficult for colleges and universities to address campus sexual assault by requiring survivors to report incidents of sexual assault to a law enforcement agency before a school could investigate sexual assault allegations.
Lawmakers Pledge $80 Million to Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Nationwide

Lawmakers Pledge $80 Million to Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Nationwide

Joe Biden announces million dollar plan to clear the massive national rape kit backlog.
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.