Posts Categorized: Ending Violence Against Women

“The Hunting Ground” Documentary And How Campus Sexual Assault Has Become Institutionalized

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   In April I attended the screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground in Sacramento, where I was able to meet the producer of the film Amy Ziering, along with California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair Assemblymember Cristina Garcia – who is also… Read more »

Transgender Awareness Week

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   (source: Transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under this umbrella may describe themselves using one or more terms (trans, transgender man or transgender woman). Transgender identity… Read more »

A Hillary Clinton Story That Matters

Here’s what I care about regarding emails and Hillary Clinton — it’s what’s in my inbox. I’ve been hearing from a lot of women who are proud of Hillary Clinton’s lifelong commitment to preventing violence against women. Lately, they’ve been telling me they like what they’ve seen and heard about her vision for preventing the alarming… Read more »

How Many More Sandra Blands?

The abusive arrest and subsequent suspicious death of Sandra Bland is far — tragically far — from an isolated incident. In fact, on the same day that the facts started to emerge about Sandra Bland, Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old African American girl reportedly took her own life in an Alabama prison cell, after being arrested for… Read more »

Catcalling Is Not a Compliment


Writer’s Note: This post is based on my own personal experiences as a white, able-bodied, cisgender woman. Please keep in mind that people with bodies and backgrounds different from mine might experience harassment in different forms and at different frequencies and levels of severity. My intention is not to generalize and make assumptions about the… Read more »

Caitlyn Jenner and Trans Issues

Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair Cover

Caitlyn Jenner is here, and transgender issues are being brought to the forefront of the news. Therefore, there are a few things we need to be careful of as we discuss her and trans issues in general. First, passing and transitioning aren’t necessary to be trans, be a certain gender, or be worthy. Transitioning is… Read more »

Politicizing Sexual Assault Awareness

Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, violence, suicide, harassment, sexual violence   Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is coming to a close. April is the designated month for sexual assault awareness, and yet not many Americans seem to be talking about it. In a time where politicians think rape is a component of a great party… Read more »

Marissa Alexander Out of Jail – But is She Really Free?

After over four years of legal battles, Marissa Alexander was finally released from jail last week.  For those of you who haven’t been following Marissa’s story, the Florida mother of three was arrested in 2010 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after defending herself from her estranged husband, with whom she had… Read more »

Immigration is a Feminist Issue

This August NOW’s President Terry O’Neill was arrested in front of the White House as part of a protest for comprehensive immigration reform. Terry and other immigration activists were specifically protesting the deportation and separation of families. Feminism intersects with the need for immigration reform first and foremost because the immigration system is inherently discriminatory,… Read more »