“Promising Young Woman” is an allegory that reflects back to us a deeply disturbing culture that talks up female empowerment while complicit men—and women—exploit, demean, and silence women.
The International Criminal Court recently convicted Dominic Ongwen. Notably, it was both the first conviction for forced pregnancy in the court’s history and only the second standing conviction for any sexual and gender-based crimes.
When it comes to rebuilding the badly broken U.S. education system and preventing violence against women and girls, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have their work cut out for them.
The current administration will take a polar-opposite approach to the Trump administration’s chaos, cruelty and disfunction.
For the past several years, Evan Rachel Wood has been championing the Phoenix Act—a bill which, if passed, would allow for special considerations in cases of sexual assault to extend the statute of limitations for victims to file charges.
In an Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault and what happened to her during the Capitol riots. Advocates and experts say this could help other trauma survivors who suffer in silence.
The outgoing administration made it more difficult for victims of assault, harassment and discrimination to assert rights and get their day in court. What will Biden’s priorities be, how will he be able to accomplish them and—most importantly—what can we expect to see in the coming months and years?
As we prepare to welcome the Biden-Harris administration, which has a strong history of working to address gender-based violence, we are hopeful that they will continue to advocate for policies that decrease violence and center the most marginalized survivors.
These milestones—key initiatives, events, court cases and more from the past two decades—brought about pivotal shifts in the public consciousness towards sexual assault and the experience of survivors, and how we as individuals and as a society can prevent it.
Olivia DeRamus on Restless, her new social media platform for women and sexual violence survivors.
“I knew I had to find a way to empower myself again within the circumstances I couldn’t change. I thought that maybe if I couldn’t tell my own story, I could at least facilitate the stories of other women. That maybe I could speak indirectly through them, and feel like I was reclaiming my narrative, even if indirectly.”
Trump’s behavior has so dramatically lowered the bar for what is and should be expected of adult male behavior that it will take years to undo the regression. Come January 20, we will see if our nation’s “moral imagination” can be reignited—this time with infinitely more competent and enlightened 21st century leadership.