Posts Categorized: Stopping Violence Against Women

Leaders of the National Organization for Women Endorse Effort to Recall Judge Aaron Persky

Dear Judge Aaron Persky, We write to you as the largest grassroots women’s rights advocacy organization in the country, to express our outrage in the sentencing of convicted felon Brock Turner to only six months in state prison. Turner was found guilty on three counts of sexual assault: assault with the intent to commit rape;… Read more »

Let’s Get Real About Gun Violence and Women

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 obtain my concealed carry license. One cousin joked over voicemail, “congrats on your… Read more »

Justice is Denied for Kesha—But She’s Not The Only One

The musical artist Kesha’s lawsuit against her producer, “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, reveals just how hard it is for women to prevail against their abusers in court. A New York judge has denied Kesha’s motion to release her from a recording contract that obligates her to work with a man she says repeatedly sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her.

“The Hunting Ground” Documentary And How Campus Sexual Assault Has Become Institutionalized

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   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 State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Chair Assemblymember Cristina Garcia – who is also… Read more »

Transgender Awareness Week

By Aurea Bolaños Perea, President’s Assistant Intern   (source: www.sdgln.com) Transgender: an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. People under this umbrella may describe themselves using one or more terms (trans, transgender man or transgender woman). Transgender identity… 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 »

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.