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Injustice takes many forms in our society, and one of its most cruel is our legal system's treatment of rape victims.  Not only is rape under prosecuted and devastatingly traumatic, the victim often seems to be offered little in terms of closure. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested; that is 400,000 people (mostly women) denied the opportunity to seek out justice for the crime committed against ... Read More
In mindblowingly unjust news, Tondalo Hall is currently seeking clemency for the 30-year prison sentence she received when she “failed to stop” her boyfriend Robert Baxton Jr. from severely beating their 3-month-old daughter. Despite the fact that Baxton was horrifically abusive to Hall herself, and there was absolutely no evidence suggesting she harmed her child (while Baxton confessed to breaking his daughter’s ribs and femur), Hall was ... Read More
In a tragic reminder of the many ways marginalized women suffer every day, a homeless woman in Ohio reported that she walked eight miles to court at least half a dozen times in the past year to make sure her rapist, Paul E. Hubert, didn’t go free. Hubert claimed he paid her to have sex with him, but the victim’s injuries (he had repeatedly hit her head prior to assaulting her) indicated that it was in fact rape. A detective from the Columbus Police ... Read More
Ava Duvernay might not have taken home a Globe last night, but that doesn't mean her mere nomination isn't a landmark. Duvernay is the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, insane as that sounds in 2015. Wait a minute, you may be thinking: We’ve never had a black woman win a Golden Globe for best director before?! Before this year, a black woman has never even been nominated? Sad, but true. Ava DuVernay’s nomination last night ... Read More
@ellypark07 On August 9th, 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The people of Ferguson, MO, have bravely protested for justice since August; however, after a grand jury failed to indict Officer Wilson, the protests have gone global.  A civil disobedience group, Ferguson Action, has organized the #HandsUpWalkOut campaign, which fell on December 1st, the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery, ... Read More
An incredibly brave young woman at Columbia University is making a bold declaration against her rapist, her school and anyone who stands in the way of justice for herself and women across the nation. Emma Sulkowicz faced what, unfortunately, many female students fear today: she was raped in her dorm room on her first day of her sophomore year of college, and as if that weren’t appalling enough, her school’s administration failed to seek rightful ... Read More
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.  As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault ... Read More
[Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual and physical assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of such abuse.] A Saudi preacher in the city of Riyadh, imprisoned for the murder of his five-year-old daughter, may be looking at an unthinkably light sentence for his crimes. Fayhan Al Gamdi, a Muslim cleric who often appears as a guest on TV networks, confessed to the deadly beating and rape of his young daughter, Lama Al Ghamdi. ... Read More
A new report out of Ireland last week has shed some light on the grim history of the Magdalene Laundries, the all-female workhouses that imprisoned over 10,000 women and girls throughout the 20th century. Though the Irish government has insisted for years that its involvement with the institutions was minimal, new information suggests otherwise. According to the report, a quarter of the women sent to the laundries were referred by the government. Survivors and ... Read More
Yesterday, five of the alleged assailants responsible for the gruesome December gang rape and eventual death of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi were brought to trial in India. The proceedings were closed to the media, and the accused were ushered into their trial wearing woolen caps to obscure their identities. This cloaking of the attackers’ faces is a grim reflection of the way in which details of the case have made their way into the public consciousness ... Read More
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