NOW is unique in its approach to the issue of violence against women, emphasizing that there are many interrelated aspects to the issue — domestic violence; sexual assault; sexual harassment; violence at abortion clinics; hate crimes across lines of gender, sexuality and race; the gender bias in our judicial system that further victimizes survivors of violence; and the violence of poverty emphasized by the radical right’s attacks on poor women and children — all of which result from society’s attitudes toward women and efforts to “keep women in their place.”
Protecting Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Supporting Stricter Background Checks for Gun Sales
The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protections Act of 2015 (H.R.1217), a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and three Republicans with 184 Democrats, must be voted on in the remaining days that Congress is in session to protect survivors of intimate partner violence.
In the next few days, the Senate will continue consideration of the annual FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) will be offering her bill – the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) – as amendment #4310 with 33 bipartisan cosponsors. According to the Pentagon, 62% of female sexual assault victims who reported their assaults experienced retaliation – a rate unchanged over the last two years.
ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor and Pass a Law to Prevent Domestic Abusers from Having Firearms
NOTE: Again, a crazed, lone gunman is responsible for a mass shooting. The tragedy occurred on Oct. 1 at Umpquah Community College in Roseburg, Ore. when a student, Chris Harper-Mercer, opened fire, shooting and killing nine people and injuring nine others. Harper-Mercer, who is reported to have suffered from mental health issues, owned 14 guns. This tragedy was the 294th mass shooting – where four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire – thus far in 2015. A significant proportion of those shot or injured in mass shootings are victims of a domestic violence/family violence incident. The toll for women murdered by men usually with a gun in 2013 was more than 1,600, according to new study by the Violence Policy Center.
ACTION ALERT: Send an Email to Your Representative and Ask Her/Him to Support the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 (H.R.3141).
Our children are not safe because there is a culture of silence surrounding the issue of sexual violence in the United States. No one wants to believe that sexual violence could happen to our children, but the reality is that this is occurring at a rate of epidemic proportions. According to the CDC Foundation, domestic violence and violence against women and children is a global epidemic.
By Amari O’Bannon, President’s Office Intern Recently, one of my fellow interns wrote a fabulous information piece about the rarely acknowledged sexual abuse to prison pipeline. One of NOW’s current missions is to not only spread awareness about our 6… Read more »
By Angela Myers, Communications Intern The juvenile justice system is criminalizing sexual assault victims. In our juvenile justice system, many, if not most, of the young women placed in the juvenile justice system are victims of sexual abuse. Althoug… Read more »
By Emily Imhoff, Policy and Grassroots Outreach Fellow When I moved to Washington D.C. from Ohio, close family members and friends became increasingly concerned about my safety. Ignorant of DC gun laws, a family for whom I regularly dog sit suggested I… Read more »
By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern Source: Ms Magazine 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… Read more »
Women’s rights advocates, Democrats and labor organizations have criticized CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder’s appointment as labor secretary, not least because of the depiction of women in his company’s advertisingRead more
O’Neill recognizes that the bill might have its detractors, although she thinks passing it is “a no brainer.”Read more
Roger Goodell ‘has learned nothing,’ says NOW president on NFL commish’s handling of domestic violence issues
The president of the National Organization for Women says that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gets a big “F” when it comes to how he has addressed domestic violence in the NFL.Read more
For women who have endured harassment, for those who have been silenced by a man’s power, and for survivors of abuse or sexual assault, the tenor of this reckoning can be exhausting and triggering. It requires self-care.Read more
Printable PDF Issue Advisory: It’s About POWER, Not SEX – Trump as Aggressor By Jan Erickson, NOW Government Relations Director, and Leah Schmidt, NOW Government Relations Intern October 28, 2016 Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump’s surrogates and form… Read more »
Abusers Often Sociopaths -Those of us who work to end domestic and sexual violence know that physical or emotional abuse is just that: abusive, destructive behavior. Unwanted sexual touching is a form of sexual violence and rape is an act of extreme violence, motivated by a desire to overpower and hurt someone. Verbally, emotionally and/or physically abusing an intimate partner is domestic violence – and, in many cases, the perpetrator is impelled to do it because they have a psychologically disordered personality.
The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) will be celebrated on August 25. President Obama observed the coming anniversary in late June by touring Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and Yosemite in California, the oldest national park. Obama has added 22 sites to the National Park system, set aside over 265 million acres – more public lands and water systems than any other president and says that he is not finished setting aside land for conservation.
It is hard to understand why law enforcement and the judicial system continue to fail to protect rape victims and to prosecute perpetrators. These facts about the widespread failure to prosecute sexual assault and the enormous backlog of untested rape kits plus opposition by conservative politicians to testing the kits explain why rape culture persists.