I am often asked how it’s possible for domestic violence to perpetuate in one family for four generations. It took me a long time to understand this question, and even longer to answer it. It’s possible because of one word: silence.
There are a hundred things Billy Bush could have done to interrupt Trump on the spot during that now-infamous conversation they had in 2005. He failed to do any of them.
Vice President Joe Biden teamed up with Adam Devine for a video in support of the “It’s On Us” campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.
In mocking the sexual assault scandal at a rival school, WKU students revealed that rape culture is very much present at ours.
These are only two of countless other stories of women being abused in public, while bystanders look on. In too many places, it is unsafe to be a woman (or a trans or non-binary person). Doing nothing — standing by — is its own violence.
Their conclusion? “For women in America, guns are not used to save lives, but to take them.”
More and more women with economic and social advantages are attending institutions of higher learning—but women without those advantages increasingly find themselves in penal institutions.
As we celebrate this imminent victory, we must continue to push for policies that dismantle obstacles to justice for all survivors.
This week’s prison strike is the tactic of a growing movement that promises to tackle the systemic violence touching countless women’s lives.
Better data and reporting requirements will not solve the problem of sexual assault—but it could make sure policymakers can finally make smarter decisions about how to combat it.