NEWSFLASH: Trial of Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 13 Black Women Begins

The trial of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw begins today. Holtzclaw faces a total of 36 charges, six for first-degree rape. All of Holtzclaw’s alleged victims are African American women. In pre-trial hearings, prosectors argued that Holtzclaw targeted vulnerable women—including sex workers, those with addictions and women with active warrants—in his crimes, knowing they’d fear […]

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 […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sandra Bland

“Once I put this baby in the ground, I’m ready…This means war.” These were the words spoken by Geneva Reed-Veal as she eulogized her late daughter, Sandra Bland, last week. On July 10, 28-year-old Bland was pulled over by police in Prairie View, Texas for allegedly failing to signal before changing lanes. According to police, she became […]