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"More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse," reads Till Death Do Us Part's description.  Till Death Do Us Part—a Post and Courier photo series that took place over eight months—won the Pulitzer Prize for its outstanding work this week. Read More
  In 2004, AdWeek announced that Safilea Ahmed, a 17-year-old girl, had been suffocated by her parents after she refused an arranged marriage. It was eight years later when Safilea’s parents were finally convicted of her murder. It took Ahmed’s sister coming forth with the claim of having seen her sister asphyxiated with a plastic bag to sentence the couple.  They will do no less than 25 years of jail time - and we don't even think that is enough time. Read More
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera, dragging the unconscious body of his girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Palmer is limp, and though Rice tries repeatedly to prop her body up, she continues to fall to the ground.  Now he has been suspended for two games. I’m sorry, what? Two games? That is an insultingly brief suspension!  The NFL maintains that the punishment is, in fact, quite stringent. It’s going to cost him around $700,000—of his $15 million signing bonus.  No. Not acceptable. Read More
“Just because they don’t hit you doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting you.” This is what my best friend said to me when I hit rock bottom. My partner of almost 10 months had been living with me in my apartment and was on the brink of suicide, and I was beginning to lose it.  That’s when I started to realize that I was being manipulated by my partner. But in order for my story to help other people in my situation, I should probably start at the beginning. Read More
  During long airport waits, I’ve often wandered to the magazine rack, my eyes pleasantly glazing over at the diverting covers. Many women’s magazines (with obvious exceptions like BUST and Ms.) are meant to distract us, to offer an escape that an be lovely, but is also generally void of any real social or personal significance. Read More
Trigger warning: This post references child sexual abuse, victim-blaming. Here’s your dose of bad news in victim-blaming of the day: A trial involving a 13-year-old girl and the 41-year-old man who had sex with her ended a few days ago amid outcry over the man’s suspended sentence - and the child’s having been called a “sexual predator” by Judge Nigel Peters. Read More
A warning: this post contains a photo and descriptions of domestic violence. Disturbing pictures of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked in a restaurant by her husband of 10 years Charles Saatchi started circulating over the weekend. The couple was in a British restaurant Scott’s, which is known for being frequented by celebrities, when the incident occurred. A witness said: “I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes. Read More
Things are not good for Sweetness O’Hara. A shy, studious girl in a rough neighborhood, Sweetness (the captivating Zöe Kravitz) is bullied at school and alternately abused and ignored by her alcoholic father and mentally ill mother. When she finally hits her breaking point, things get even worse—if you can believe it. Director Victoria Mahoney has cast a talented ensemble, featuring Precious star Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Jason Clarke (Brotherhood) and Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson). Read More
Talk about creepy: one California councilman has been charged with sexual assault of not one, but seven women working with him. According to prosecutors, while managing the Orange County Public Works, Carlos Bustamante asked female employees into his office under the guise of talking about business. Once inside, he would kiss, grab, and masturbate in front of them. There are at least 12 other cases in which Bustamante can’t be charged due to limitations, but those cases will be used as evidence. Read More
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