The Courts Aren’t Falling Into TRAPs

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Two rulings last week in Texas and Louisiana prove that, at least for now, some judges aren’t buying into the deceptive rationale used by right-wing lawmakers who enact TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws. Late Sunday evening, a federal district court issued an injunction against a Louisiana law that would have required abortion-providing doctors to […]

Shout It From a Billboard: Street Harassment NOT Cool

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When was the last time you saw a billboard flashing messages about consent, respecting women or street harassment? I’d guess never. I had never seen one either, until a few days ago when I drove to Lancaster, Penn., and stood in front of a digital billboard along Dillerville Rd. displaying these three messages. As an […]

California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

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Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual violence at some point during their university careers, and more attention has been paid to the crisis in recent months. The Obama administration has taken action to combat campus rape, and California is doing its part to move the needle as well. […]

On Women’s Equality Day, ALL Lives Matter

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Today, we join thousands of women across the country to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Ending those restrictions created pathways for women to have a say in the decisions that shape our futures. A robust women’s movement moved Congress in 1971 […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

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In 1971, at the behest of then-Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), Congress declared Aug. 26 the first ever Women’s Equality Day. The particular date was chosen to commemorate the final ratification of the 19th amendment—which, in 1920, recognized women’s right to vote—and has been celebrated every year since. The President gives a proclamation on Aug. 26 each year […]

50 Years Ago Today, Fannie Lou Hamer Spoke Out for Freedom

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On August 22, 1964, as the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project (Freedom Summer) was well into its third month of voter registration drives among African American citizens in Mississippi, civil rights activist and former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer riveted onlookers with her speech to the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. I […]

Bodies on the Line: The Streets vs. Pop Culture

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Like so many others, I have been distressed by news coverage about Ferguson, Missouri, where protests broke out following the murder on August 9 of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot six times by a police officer. Whether following it on TV or Twitter, there was no escaping the chilling fact that black […]

The Second Wave of Backlash Against Anti-Rape Activism

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In the past two years, anti-rape activists have put campus sexual assault on the national policy agenda—but in recent months, the backlash against these efforts has intensified. A band of political conservatives are now openly challenging the existence of the campus rape epidemic and denigrating survivors, including talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Laura Ingraham, columnists George […]

Black Youth in the Crosshairs

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After he was gunned down, left to bake on the hot cement for hours and then autopsied by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown was finally returned to his family Wednesday. That body was 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 300 pounds. That body, on top of […]

A Brief History of Sexual Violence Activism in the U.S.

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In the past year, survivor-activists and allies have effectively put sexual violence on the national agenda, spurring White House, congressional, and state-level policy action. Movement leaders have worked tirelessly to make this happen, namely, Wendy Murphy, Alexandra Brodsky, Wagatwe Wanjuki, Annie E. Clark, Laura Dunn, Andrea Pino, S. Daniel Carter, and Dana Bolger. These leaders have created awareness and momentum through hands-on survivor assistance, lobbying, petitions and the creation of new […]