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.”
As we celebrate this imminent victory, we must continue to push for policies that dismantle obstacles to justice for all survivors.
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.
At least 4,000 to 5,000 women are murdered in the name of “honor” annually around the world.
Never mind a woman’s intelligence, self-respect or ambitions. According to the NRA, empowerment—real empowerment—is an experience privy to those clutching the grip of a gun.
The ultimate goal will always be to build a culture where women don’t need panic buttons. In India, and elsewhere, that means doing a lot more work.
In the movement to remove a judge considered unfit to provide justice to survivors of sexual assault, those who spoke at the rally–as well as the 1.2 million people who signed that petition, and the hundreds of thousands who have signed others–stand witness to and part of an active movement declaring that they will no longer silently endure a system that prioritizes the well-being of perpetrators over that of their victims.
“Silent Evidence” is a quest to understanding the silence surrounding childhood sexual abuse. What’s at risk in speaking out? What’s at risk in staying silent? How do we break that silence?
How many more mass shootings and instances of gun-related domestic violence need to occur before we become a nation where no one is granted a life-threatening weapon with no questions asked?