Survivors of rape continuously face disbelief, blame, and silence when they attempt to share their stories. The cases that have unfolded around Bill Cosby are no different. As a society, we need to hold accountable all perpetrators of sexual violence – including those with celebrity status – and believe the stories of victims and survivors. We must continue to work to provide support for victims and survivors of sexual assault, seek justice for the crimes committed against them and work through education and prevention efforts to combat the problem of sexual violence and dismantle rape culture.
Posts Categorized: Stopping Violence Against Women
Last week, students at universities across the country stood in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault on a day of action for a movement called Carrying That Weight Together.
The latest statement from the National Organization for Women regarding the 2014 Congressional election results.
The National Organization of Women was founded as a grassroots activist organization to affect change on a city, state, and national level. In the year 2014, nearly 50 years since its founding, NOW is still committed to highlighting the strong local chapters across the country that persist in grassroots efforts to create political change.
As the largest and wealthiest sports organization in the U.S., the NFL ought to be a role model. It could show employers everywhere how to deal with domestic violence when it occurs within their institution, and what policies and core values can prevent it.
The head of a national women’s group says it’s “outrageous” that Bridgewater State University officials withheld the names of two men charged with rape on campus and did not notify students and staff about the incidents last month. “We know that rape is a serial crime,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization of Women based in Washington, D.C. “The names of the accused rapists really need to be made public.”
When we discuss domestic violence, we most commonly tend to think about physical violence and sometimes, even mental or emotional abuse. Financial abuse and the lack of economic security are often neglected as very real consequences that survivors of domestic violence face.
The local chapter of the National Organization for Women blasts the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals saying the agency took no action to protect victims of sexual assault. This, after a policy change allowed for victims to be billed for related medical services at hospitals.
As college women returned to campus this month, their biggest concerns should have been the cost of books or which clubs to join. Instead, they bear the burden of fearing for their own safety.
So how do we, as women, stand up against victim blaming when it is so pervasive in our culture?
At the outbreak of the Ray Rice case, women broke that silence by taking to social media with the hashtag #WhyIStayed, directly confronting these questions by highlighting the countless reasons that women in abusive relationships often don’t have the choice to leave.