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 […]

This Bill Could Change the Lives of Rape Survivors in California

At the start of the 2016 legislative session, California state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) introduced important bipartisan legislation called the Justice for Victims Act. If passed, this bill would abolish the current California statute of limitations in sexual assault cases, which prohibits any legal action for most incidents that occurred more than 10 years prior. (In […]

Trauma in the Courtroom: Jian Ghomeshi, the Verdict and the Victims

Jian Ghomeshi, former host of the popular Canadian radio show “Q,” was acquitted Thursday on four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. Ghomeshi was charged in 2014 after at least 10 alleged victims came forward—some to police, some to the press—with reports of abuse (the allegations of three women were […]

‘Her Tools Were Soaked in Urine’: Inside the Ugly World of Workplace Sex Discrimination

The interview below is part of the Ms. Blog’s “Telling Her Story” series for Women’s History Month. Check back throughout March for more profiles of women doing great things in their communities. “I think they should be as famous as Anita Hill,” says Gillian Thomas of the women she profiles in her new book, Because of Sex: […]

For Us

It was around 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning and I was sitting on a bench in my college’s police department waiting outside a closed door. My eyes were heavy and sore. I stared down at my boots, the leather toes milky and stained from sloshing through snow and salt on the February city streets. […]