Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

A non-discrimination measure endorsed by President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton failed to garner support from voters in Houston yesterday, winning just 39 percent approval from the city’s electorate. Dubbed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by supporters, Prop 1 would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals—protections not yet enshrined in federal law—”in city employment, city services, […]

On Spring Valley High, Police Violence, Rape Culture and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

When video surfaced recently of Deputy Ben Fields assaulting a young black female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, I was still absorbing the details of a disturbing conversation I’d had with young, black, college-age women about rape culture and campus sexual violence. Despite the traumatic experiences relating to sexual assault that they or their […]

Silenced by the Pain of a Tumultuous Life

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. In 2011, I was released from prison after serving more than two decades―I am finally free! However, freedom isn’t free. Every day, in small ways, I am […]

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence

Domestic violence takes place in up to a staggering 40 percent of law enforcement families, but police departments mostly ignore the problem or let it slide, write ex-police wife Susanna Hope and award-winning investigative journalist Alex Roslin in their new book, Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence. The following excerpt is adapted […]

Pregnant Behind Bars: How Expectant Mothers’ Lives are Under Threat

Imagine being pregnant and hungry. Always hungry. Now imagine being hungry and locked in a room, unable to access food, for eight to 12 hours. Imagine opening a carton of milk and being hit in the face with a rancid smell that makes your stomach turn. Now imagine that that is the only carton of […]

Listening to Domestic Violence Through a Wall

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. “Bitch, I’m gonna kill you!” he yelled, so loudly that it woke us up in the apartment next door. There were no more words after that. The […]

An Evening in May

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. In the midst of an argument, I see the glass fly through the air at 24 frames a second. While sitting on our bed, my vision slows, […]

Lady Gaga Takes On Campus Rape in New Music Video

What do Lady Gaga, President Obama, and the head of Harvard University have in common? They’re all speaking out to stop sexual assault—and not a moment too soon. The headlines call attention to the problem on college campuses: “Survey: More than 1 in 5 female undergrads at top schools suffer sexual attacks.” It’s important to […]

Keeping Domestic Violence Survivors Safe

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. The impact of gun violence on victims and survivors of domestic violence cannot be overstated. The statistics are chilling: Approximately 2 out of every 3 domestic violence […]

Domestic Violence Survivor Jailed for Failing to “Protect her Children” from Abuser

Domestic abuse survivor Tondalo Hall has spent the last decade behind bars in a McLoud, Oklahoma prison for “failing to protect” her children from a violent partner. Robert Braxton, Jr. was arrested in 2004 for breaking the ribs and femur of the couple’s daughter, who was 3 months old at the time. He was sentenced to 10 […]