Posts Categorized: Ending Violence Against Women

Suing the Secretary(s) of Defense: Drawing Attention to Sexual Violence in the Military

On Feb. 15, 17 veteran and active-duty servicemembers filed a lawsuit against former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The action, headed by D.C. attorney Susan Burke, seeks monetary damages to compensate the plaintiffs for being raped, sexually assaulted and harassed while serving in the United States military.

A Feminist Look at Super Bowls Past and Present

In preparation for Super Bowl XLV this year, I took a moment to ponder games past. With previous Super Bowl Sundays foggy in my mind, I wondered what truly differentiated each game. While I could not remember the teams that played or won those many years, I did remember all the times I found myself, as a feminist, angrily munching on snack food in silent, indignant outrage at the images on my screen.

Utah Supreme Court Affirms Forced Marriage and Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

On July 27, the Utah Supreme Court overturned Warren Jeffs’ conviction of accomplice to rape. Jeffs, the so-called “prophet” and leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), had been convicted of accomplice to rape when he orchestrated the marriage of 14-year-old Elissa Wall to her first cousin, 19-year-old Allen Steed.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the Information Age: How Much is Too Much?

Yesterday NOW issued an Action Alert asking you to urge your members of Congress to support the Girls Protection Act (H.R. 5137), which would make it a crime to transport girls outside the U.S. for the purpose of cutting their genitals. Illegal in this country, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a horrific and brutal violation of human rights — cutting off all or some of a woman’s or girl’s genitals so as to make her “clean.”

Hypothetical Rape Scenarios DON’T Sell Pepper Spray

Along with the delight of being in a new city, I have struggled as a feminist with whether or not I needed to have some form of hand-held self-defense. I did a quick survey, and National NOW staff members and interns have carried the following items for self protection: pepper spray, tai chi skills, a whistle key ring, a big heavy bag, mace, keys, even an old showerhead.