Today the subject is the Penn State football program, but it could just as easily be the Catholic Church or the U.S. military or any institution that enjoys a faithful following. The many individuals who are the real strength of these institutions — the players, the churchgoers, the troops — are mostly innocent bystanders or collateral damage in these terrible scandals.
Posts Categorized: Ending Violence Against Women
NOW and allied organizations representing millions of women are coming together through HERvotes to mobilize women voters for the 2012 elections in order to protect and advance women’s Health and Economic Rights.
The Violence Against Women Act is up for reauthorization, and if Congress passes a strong bill, millions of girls and women will have a better chance to escape and heal from sexual, domestic, dating and stalking violence. We only have to read the latest headlines to know that our nation must continue its work to prevent and respond to the cruel sexual violence, lethal battery and assault that lead to murder and destruction in whole families. Shockingly, three women are killed every day in domestic violence incidents.
It is obvious to me that PETA’s intention of being “humorous” did not take into account that this video could be particularly disturbing to victims of domestic violence.
It’s outrageous for anyone to suggest that sexual harassment allegations represent political smears to be dismissed rather than the bravery and dignity of women simply trying to go to work.
There isn’t just one problem facing immigrant women, but a whole system of intertwined oppressions. Women in general are discouraged from voicing their opinions, particularly when they speak out against discrimination. From unfair pay to sexual assault, immigrant women have even less of a voice in our society. The opportunities that bring immigrants to a new country often turn out to be unreachable, and these limitations are soon braided into other forms of discrimination.
The Dominique Strauss-Kahn case has given us an opportunity to see how rape culture affects national coverage of rape. We have seen victim blaming from respected news publications using irrelevant details to discredit the accuser’s case (last time I checked, having truthful immigration papers does not make anyone more or less likely to become a survivor of sexual assault). This case is hugely important because rape culture does not exist on some far away plane, and it does not take Strauss-Kahn’s prestige to get off scot-free.
Rape culture means that while some women are more statistically likely to be raped, every woman is at risk of sexual assault and “No Means Yes” passes for an acceptable joke in far too many quarters.
American Apparel’s CEO and President, Dov Charney, has been accused of sexual harassment. Again. Charney, who is no stranger to allegations of sexual harassment, has been implicated in the past by at least four of his former female employees, who among other things accused him of using sexually explicit language in the workplace and exposing himself to them.
It appears that almost everyone has something to say about CBS news correspondent Lara Logan’s recent sexual assault. The incident occurred in Tahrir Square, Egypt, where a mob, reportedly of more than 200 men, attacked Logan and her news team, who were covering the political developments in the field.