BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on Mar 17, 2015
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 them. Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Mar 12, 2015
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 sentenced with 30 years in prison, while her boyfriend served only two. Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Feb 19, 2015
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. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 12, 2015
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 was not only well-deserved, it was also ridiculously overdue. Read More
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, Alabama after she refused to give up her bus seat to a white male. The group encouraged people to walk out of work and school at 1p.m. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Sep 02, 2014
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 retribution. Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jun 24, 2014
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 cases. James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia is one of them. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 12, 2013
[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. The girl was admitted to the hospital in December 2011, and passed away this past October. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 11, 2013
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. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 08, 2013
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 thus far.
Details about the crime in question, as well as the people involved, have been shadowy and, at times, confusing. Read More