Posts Categorized: Ending Violence Against Women

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 »

Video Attacks on Planned Parenthood Don’t Fool Us And They Shouldn’t Fool Congress

No one should be fooled by this campaign of lies, distortion and hate-fueled rhetoric. The videos are phony and the accusations they contain will wither under scrutiny. We’ve got enough phony news coming from the likes of Donald Trump. Instead of giving oxygen to this video attack on Planned Parenthood, we should change the channel.

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 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 »

NOW Demands Answers and Action in McKinney, Texas

We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Texas, of a white police officer pushing a 14-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action.

More women’s groups condemn ‘Game of Thrones’ rape plotlines

The National Organization for Women’s New York chapter and Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest domestic violence victims group, condemned the show’s violence against women — a trend that includes anger from a prominent politician and some critics.

“Gratuitous rape scenes feed the rape culture,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the NOW chapter, said on Tuesday. “HBO is guilty of this gratuity and of pornifying television in general.”

Issue Advisory: Untested Rape Kits Pile Up, Hinder Judicial Process

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.

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 »

RFRA Laws Undermine Civil Rights, Child Protection and Domestic Violence Laws

Those advocating for the bill are only concerned with protecting hateful and intolerant religious zealots and completely unconcerned with how this potential discrimination will infringe on the rights of other people, namely the LGBTQIA community, children, domestic violence victims and others.