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.

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

“Make Rape Legal” Dude Plans Worldwide Straight-Guy Meetups, Cancels Them

It’s been widely reported that followers of Daryush Valizadeh, the anti-feminist, homophobic and misogynistic writer behind Return of Kings—who has also advocated for the legalization of rape on private property—would be gathering in secret locations around the globe for a series of meetups. On Wednesday, however, Valizadeh, also known as Roosh V or Roosh Vorek, announced on the Return of Kings […]