Kim, Soon-Duk was one of hundreds of thousands of young women from throughout the Asia Pacific region and other Japanese-occupied territories who were abducted and subjected to sexual violence by the Japanese military before and during World War II.
The statistics are staggering: Human trafficking is estimated to be a $150 billion industry that profits from 25 million victims worldwide.
Jamie Beck, director of Free to Thrive, provides legal services and support to survivors of human trafficking.
Consent must be expanded in its conceptualization and teaching. Consent education for all is vital, it is not political fodder—it is the foundation for civility, human dignity, decency, and the creation and retention of a safe and equitable society.
In the 21st century, being female is still assumed to be a valid provocation for harassment and violence. Men who wish to harm women will continue to coexist with the rest of us until the large-scale systems, particularly the criminal justice system, stop protecting and shrugging away their crimes.
“Your son raped my daughter. As a mother, my life is now consumed with a new kind of worry for my precious daughter. (And myself.) … Our anonymity is for our emotional protection—not because of any shame on our part. You, parents of the rapist, you are the ones who should feel the shame.”
Monday, April 26, marks the beginning of a five-day virtual week of action to center and amplify the voices of Black survivors of sexual assault and harassment.
Undocumented individuals who suffer from sexual assault, domestic violence and exploitation in the work force face unique challenges due to the added vulnerability created by their immigration status in the United States. It’s time to stand up for and protect immigrant survivors.
Coercive control laws are an important part of addressing the abuse you cannot see, and preventing the physical violence that often follows from it.
“Coercive control is a gateway to physical violence,” said Doreen Hunter, co-founder of the Americas Conference to End Coercive Control. “A high percentage of people who engage in coercive control will eventually resort to physical violence.”
In the haunting new docuseries ‘Confronting a Serial Killer,’ Jillian Lauren chronicles conversations with Sam Little in which he confessed to strangling 93 women over four decades across the country. That’s more murders than Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer combined. How did he get away with it?
The shooting in Atlanta prompted some action from policymakers to combat anti-Asian discrimination levied against women and girls. But we need sustained, long-term investment in our communities that is built in partnership with AAPI women. Because threats against us did not start in 2020.