Truly accessible and equitable sexual assault services must be deeply rooted in Cultural Humility—and it should be seen as just as critical a soft skill as the others in our field.
“Women are equal, but equality doesn’t mean forcing women into the same system as men. What it means is re-conceptualizing criminal justice itself from the ground up through the lens of women’s experience.”
The cold hard facts show that women aren’t just electable—they’re empirically more electable than their male counterparts.
The 21-year-old Texan charged with the El Paso murders is an avowed white supremacist man. The slain Dayton killer had previously compiled a “rape list” of females he wanted to sexually assault. Both are poster boys of toxic masculinity.
The problem is not mental illness. The problem is not violent video games. The problem is a social pathology of aggrieved entitlement and misogyny mixed with white supremacy, aided and abetted by 8Chan and Fox News and Donald Trump and corrupted lawmakers.
In over 30 states, a young person under age 18 cannot be arrested for prostitution—replacing a punitive juvenile justice response with one informed by prevention, supportive victim services and child welfare. Many youth benefit from assistance that addresses their trauma by building upon their strengths and resiliency. But then they turn 18.
Nearly two years after the viral tweets about #MeToo, we are now at an ideal time to take stock of the progress we’ve made and what breakthrough moments are yet to come. That’s exactly what this year’s National Sexual Assault Conference was designed to make possible.
Moms want a tax code, budget and set of fiscal policies that allow their families, communities, businesses and economy to thrive. Candidates running down the ballot in 2020 should take note—and remember that we all do better when moms and women do better.
The Trump administration needs to be held accountable for the atrocities happening at the border, in the same way that all nations must be accountable for crimes against humanity.
Are women “likable?” According to the polls, voters don’t think so, even though former advisors to Elizabeth Warren are doing their best convince us that she is “warm and affectionate.” But the real question is why “grabbing a beer” with a candidate is still the yardstick used to measure their potential—and why female candidates are (still) unfairly suffering from it.