Violence Against Women

Brutal Assault and Death of Teenage Girl Spark Protests in India

Protests have erupted in India after a 16-year-old girl was gang raped in two separate attacks and fatally set on fire. Via Shutterstock The girl was first assaulted in late October by more than six men near her home in Madhyagram town, near Calcutta. She went to the police the next day to report it, and...
President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

Late last week, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), which expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims.
Obama Calls for Review on Military Sexual Assault One Year From Now

Obama Calls for Review on Military Sexual Assault One Year From Now

On Dec. 1, 2014, defense and military leaders will be required to issue a full-scale report on progress made to eradicate military sexual assault, President Obama announced Friday.
UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law

Mixed Results for Afghanistan’s Anti-Violence Against Women Law

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
Fort Hood Soldiers Recruited for Prostitution Ring During Sexual Assault Program

Fort Hood Soldiers Recruited for Prostitution Ring During Sexual Assault Program

Female soldiers testified on Monday that they were recruited for a prostitution ring organized by a sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas.
UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women's Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

UNFPA Plan Aims To Protect Women’s Safety, Health In Aftermath of Typhoon

Typhoon Haiyan, which hit two weeks ago, has wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime."
Hollaback! Finds Sexual Harassment Prevalent on College Campuses

Hollaback! Finds Sexual Harassment Prevalent on College Campuses

Hollaback! found that 67 percent of students had experienced harassment on campus - which can include"unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student's access to educational opportunities" - and that harassment was harming students' ability to learn.
Lawmakers Push for Changes in US Military Justice System

Lawmakers Push for Changes in US Military Justice System

MJIA attempts to erase the systemic obstacles that victims of sexual assault in the military face due to the "clear bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command's current sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial."
Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows

Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows

"This was an attempted murder and it's not an isolated case; it's one among many."
Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women

Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women

Etsy has removed the shirts, but the shop remains open with other offensive and sexist items.
California Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims

California Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims

Only six other states and Puerto Rico have discrimination protections for victims.
Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC

Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC

DC's budget is under federal control, so if the federal government's shutdown continues much longer, some of the city's necessary programs--including those intended to help rape victims--may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.
Panel-By-Panel: Recap of the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference!

Panel-By-Panel: Recap of the 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference!

I'll be spending the next three days in Los Angeles learning facts and strategies for combating sexual assault.
Sorting Through The Chaos: One-Third of Teens Are In An Abusive Relationship. What Now?

Sorting Through The Chaos: One-Third of Teens Are In An Abusive Relationship. What Now?

A report found that over one-third of teenagers have been in an abusive relationship. I spoke to two young women about why this is and how we can end this cycle.
The System Has Failed: We Need to End Stand Your Ground

The System Has Failed: We Need to End Stand Your Ground

We stand with Marissa Alexander and support a broad repeal of Stand Your Ground laws in this country.
"Rape Is Rape" Bill Fails in NY Senate, Bronx Teacher Vows to Continue Her Fight for Justice

“Rape Is Rape” Bill Fails in NY Senate, Bronx Teacher Vows to Continue Her Fight for Justice

[Trigger Warning: This post contains references to sexually violent acts and threatening behavior.] Lydia Cuomo, a 27-year-old Bronx teacher, was brutally raped at gunpoint by drunken off-duty cop Michael Pena. That was in August 2011, but over the past year Cuomo has traveled to Albany, NY numerous times to tell her horrific story in hopes of finally finding...
A Man Who Will Choke You in Public: What Scares Me About Nigella Lawson's Abuse

A Man Who Will Choke You in Public: What Scares Me About Nigella Lawson’s Abuse

If it can happen to Nigella Lawson, it can happen to anyone. This is anything but a private matter.
John Derbyshire and James Taranto Miss The Point in Pieces About Military Sexual Assault

John Derbyshire and James Taranto Miss The Point in Pieces About Military Sexual Assault

These aren't the kinds of conversations or the kind of attitude we, as a nation, need to have perpetuated in the media.