Violence Against Women

Fort Worth Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Atatiana Jefferson in Her Own Home Charged with Murder

The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in her own home has been charged with murder. Early Saturday morning Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by a police officer inside her own home after a neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her....

Jeffrey Epstein Victim Jennifer Araoz Names More Defendants in Sex Trafficking Ring

Jennifer Araoz, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, filed a new complaint Tuesday that names multiple women and more than 20 corporate entities she says enabled the wealthy businessman’s sexual assaults of herself and other young women throughout the mid-2000s. The complaint accuses four people of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of Araoz when she was 14 years...

Nepal’s Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara Resigns after Rape Accusation

The speaker of Nepal’s lower house of Parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, stepped down from his position on Tuesday after a parliamentary employee accused him of raping her on Sunday in her own apartment. The lawmaker, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a prominent figure within the country’s governing Nepal Communist Party, denied assaulting the woman who accused him...

Actor Dakota Johnson Launches New Podcast To Share Sexual Assault Stories

Actor Dakota Johnson launched her new podcast, The Left Ear, where she shares sexual assault survivor’s stories. The initiative began when Johnson posted her cell phone number on social media asking followers to leave her voicemails of their sexual assault, harassment, and gender-based inequality stories. Johnson, one year later, has now taken these stories and...

19 Women Rescued From Baby Factory in Nigeria

19 Nigerian women were rescued from being trafficked in Lagos, where they were raped, became forcibly pregnant, and had their babies sold. On September 19, police busted a human trafficking hub in Nigeria. They rescued 19 pregnant women, aged between 15 and 28, and four children from four properties in Lagos they described as one...

Shooting of Dallas Transgender Woman Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

Dallas police say a transgender woman was seriously wounded after being shot multiple times late Friday, and they are investigating the attack as a hate crime. On Sunday, police asked for help identifying the suspect and released pictures of his red four-door Chevrolet pickup truck. They said the unidentified man pulled up alongside the survivor,...

When a Woman’s First Sexual Experience is Non-Consensual Long-Term Health Problems Follow, Study Shows

According to a study published Monday, which surveyed women ages 18 to 44 in the United States, more than 3 million women experienced rape as their first sexual experience, resulting in long-term health consequences. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that most respondents were adolescents when they were raped, and that these women...

Feminist Protestors in South Africa Demand Change

Anti-violence protestors in South Africa demand government and business response to the rising violence against women, saying the government is issuing empty promises to help women. As protestors are gathered outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, the government says changes are coming. President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled his trip to the United Nations to...

Lyft Announces Safety Updates to its Policies Amid Sexual Assault Concerns

Lyft has announced changes to its safety policies following a lawsuit filed by 14 women saying the company didn’t do enough to protect them from sexual assault by drivers or to support them through the process of reporting. The lawsuit against Lyft alleged that the company allowed known sexual predators to work as drivers and adopted...

The Fight for Women’s Justice in Mexico Continues with Silent March in Capital City

On Sunday, September 8th, hundreds of citizens took to the streets of Mexico City to participate in a silent march to end the ever-present violence against women in Mexico. Forty percent of Mexican women experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the United Nations. Investigations into these cases are often careless, skewed in favor...

Former Lowell Correctional Institution Inmates Protest after Woman is Brutally Beaten

Two weeks after guards at Lowell Correctional Institution — the largest women’s prison in Florida and the second largest in the nation — brutally beat a woman with mental and physical disabilities, former inmates from the women’s prison protested the inhumane prison conditions they have experienced for more than a decade, including physical and sexual...

“Glitter Revolution” Protests Police-Perpetrated Sexual Violence in Mexico

Originating in Mexico City, the “revolución diamantina”, or the “glitter revolution”, is a new movement started by Mexican women to protest institutionalized sexual violence perpetrated by Mexican polices forces. The movement began in response to an incident in Azcapotzalco on August 3rd, in which a teenage girl was raped by four Mexican police officers. The...

Anonymous Victim of Brock Turner Releases Her Name and New Memoir

Chanel Miller, the victim of rapist Brock Turner who has remained anonymous until now, is releasing a memoir detailing the infamous trial and her life since the assault. Miller is releasing her memoir Know My Name on September 24. She speaks out about what happened the night of her encounter with Turner and the grueling...

France Moves To Address Femicide Problem As Domestic Violence Related Deaths Increase

The French government has taken measures to address the increase in domestic violence related deaths that have occurred in France since the beginning of the year, including a series of conferences to address the prevention of femicide, specific prosecutors and courts to handle domestic violence cases, and universal protocol to address the danger of women’s...

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To New Charges in Sexual Assault Trial

On Monday, a New York City grand jury returned an indictment that included two new charges against former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who pled not guilty, pushing the trial date from early this September to January of 2020. The charges came after new evidence was presented to the grand jury, allowing testimony from actress Annabella...

Chicago Man Arrested After Threatening to Attack Abortion Clinic on Social Media

19-year-old Farhan Sheikh was arrested in Chicago on Monday after making threats on social media to attack patients and doctors at an abortion clinic this coming Friday. Sheikh posted the threats on iFunny, a meme sharing app that is becoming a hot spot for right-wing extremists and white supremacists. He was taken into custody by...

Survivors Still Seek Justice Against Jeffery Epstein, Turn to Civil Suits

This past weekend, Jeffery Epstein, who was convicted of prostitution charges and was recently charged for sex-trafficking, was found dead by apparent suicide in federal jail; however, accusers are still seeking justice through civil cases against Epstein’s estate. Geoffery S. Berman, chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan, ensured the public that the investigation will continue. He...

Cyntoia Brown, Victim of Sex Trafficking, Released from Prison after 15 Years

Wednesday morning, Cyntoia Brown was released from jail after being sentenced to life in prison for killing a man responsible for sex trafficking her when she was only 16. She was granted clemency in January by then Tennessee Governor Haslam. Her clemency came after high-profile advocates and popular celebrities highlighted the injustice she had faced....

Black Maternal Health Caucus Holds Stakeholder Summit at the Capitol

Last Thursday afternoon, the Black Maternal Health Caucus (BMHC), composed of Congress members, such as co-founders Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Ilhan Omar (MN-5), gathered to hear the opinions of the stakeholders involved in developing a course of action to how to best deal with the issue of discrepancies...

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein Indicted on Charges of Sex Trafficking

This week, federal prosecutors charged Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, on sex crimes, including allegation that he ran a sex-trafficking ring that involved underage girls as young as 14. Multiple women have come forward accusing Epstein of sexual assault and abuse. Prosecutors say that “thousands of sexually suggestive pictures of young women and girls seized...