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.
Posts Categorized: Ending Violence Against Women
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.
Militarism perpetuates a chronic state of insecurity. As long as we accept that there will always be an enemy and something to fear, we will not be able to find genuine security, and women will continue to be attacked and disadvantaged.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 14 addressed the failure of law enforcement to report, investigate and handle rape cases with “compassion and transparency.”
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.
Even reports acknowledging the pervasive sexual violence within Kyrgyzstan provide an incomplete understanding of the scope of sexual violence faced by women both during and after conflict.
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.”
On Feb. 8 Alissa Blanton was murdered by Roger Troy, who stalked her for two years. A week before her death, Blanton was denied an order of protection by Brevard County Circuit Court Judge Dean Moxley.
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.
A high school girl is gang raped for two and a half hours at her high school homecoming dance.