NEWSFLASH: Hawaii’s New Gun Reform Laws Should Become the National Standard

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed three gun law reform bills into law Thursday, putting the state ahead of the rest of the nation in ensuring its residents are safe from gun violence. One law in particular also specifically addresses the intersection of gun violence and domestic violence.

The Enforcement Gap: How Period Protection Laws Fail Incarcerated Women

While new legislation in New York City would, on paper, guarantee that women be provided with a reasonable amount of menstrual supplies upon request in public spaces, ensuring the enforced distribution of supplies in practice at correctional facilities will likely remain a challenge.

NEWSFLASH: Judge Who Gave Brock Turner Only Six Months for Rape Blocked from New Sexual Assault Case

The decision to remove Persky from a new sex crimes case comes after a petition with over 1,000,000 signatures demanding such.

What Brazil is Showing Us About Feminist Resilience and Resistance to Rape Culture

Although experiences of trauma and institutional sexism remain, the survivors’ first-person public narratives, the mass street demonstrations including women across class and racial lines and the leveraging of art, underwear and hashtags to express solidarity bespeak the resourcefulness of a rising movement.

This Rape Victim Is Calling Out Rape Culture—And We Should All Be Listening

The Brock Turner is a primer on what rape culture looks like. His victim’s personal statement is a call to action to change that culture.

Faith Leaders Are Joining the Call for Gun Law Reforms That Save Women’s Lives

Last week, an interfaith coalition spanning 36 faiths came together to deliver one simple, but monumental, message: Women and girls can’t wait for common sense gun control.

Inside the Year’s Most Unbelievable Story Of Rape

Marie was just 18 years old when she was bound, gagged and raped at knifepoint in her own home by a masked intruder in 2008. When she reported her assault to her local police department in Lynnwood, Washington, she was charged with a misdemeanor for false reporting, a crime punishable by up to one year […]

8 Steps That Explain Why Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

This article was first published by The Huffington Post The question that is always asked of victims of domestic abuse is “Why don’t/didn’t you just leave?” I know sometimes even victims don’t really understand why. I’ve heard that question over and over. While there are many different reasons we give for not leaving, there is […]

Bearing the Untold: Why We Need to Hear Stories of Sexual Assault

It’s a gray, rainy afternoon at the School of the Art Institute. A woman excitedly taps me on the shoulder, “Is it OK if I touch them?” She gestures to my books on display. “Please!” I say. “That’s what they’re there for.” For anyone else this interaction might seem odd, but I’ve gotten used to […]

Why #IBelieveHer

The Jian Ghomeshi trial and verdict in Canada have enraged and/or saddened an entire continent of women. Because every woman has a story from when she was a girl, or a teen, or from last week, with the same basic plot: he was believed, she wasn’t. This is mine. It so happens that my fate […]