When we think of domestic violence, the image that most often comes to mind is that of an aggressive male perpetrator and a beaten female victim. However, the American Journal of Public Health’s most recent large-scale study of domestic violence shows that in reality, women are actually more often the perpetrators.
Analyzing data gathered from 11,370 respondents, researchers found that “half of [violent relationships] were reciprocally ... Read More
BY Melissa Coci
on Mar 19, 2013
I’m not going to lie. When Rihanna took Chris Brown back I was not happy. In fact, I bordered on morally outraged. How could the girl who had me fantasizing about singing, "Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world" to the boy who was breaking my heart be so…stoopid? How could the star that millions of young girls idolize set such a bad example as to take a man who has abused her back? Easy.
Rihanna is human, young, and (somehow) in ... Read More
[Trigger Warning: This post contains a description and photos of physical assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of such abuse.]
Just as Congress was debating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz’s 39-frame photo essay “Photographer As Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence” was featured in Time Magazine and is receiving serious backlash and hate from viewers.
Released ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 07, 2013
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, most people are focusing on dinner plans, gifts, and parties. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on the other hand, proposes a slightly different agenda. Seven out of ten women experience violence at some point of their lives, and UN Women is working to change that. The organization works to end all forms of violence by aiding the passage of stronger laws, stopping ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jan 24, 2013
Later this month, NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit plans to shoot an episode that features convicted rapist, Mike Tyson, as a guest star. Tyson will play Reggie Rhodes, “a murderer on death who is also the victim of a difficult childhood.” You may recall that the boxer physically abused his wife, Robin Givens. Or that in 1991, he raped Miss Black America contestant, Desiree Washington, in a hotel room in Indianapolis.If you love SVU ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 16, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, we announced the good news that Verizon improved their policies to assists victims of domestic violence, such as a new protocol for cancelling contracts with abusers. Now, Verizon is taking their campaign on the road in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, spreading awareness in local communities via their “Journey of Hope” bus that will have stopped in six cities in America by the end of the ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 01, 2012
Not too long ago, the BUST Blog covered a New York woman’s efforts to re-vamp Verizon’s cancellation policies for domestic violence survivors.
Almost 200,000 signatures later, her petition was successful!
Today, as part of its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon is implementing some brand-new policy changes to better assist victims of partner violence. Customer service reps now have specific protocol for assisting survivors with contract ... Read More
Something I can get behind: a man critically evaluating how society views traditional “manhood” and how this limiting perspective is affecting women all over the world.
Tony Porter is a co-founder of A Call to Men, an organization that works to end violence against women by promoting healthier attitudes about masculinity. Porter and his co-founder Ted Bunch have spread the message of A Call to Men everywhere from the NFL to West Point to the U.N., ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 26, 2012
Eve Ensler is a total rock star.
She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world.
V-Day activists have opened hospitals for abuse survivors in the Democratic ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 18, 2012
Sometimes, when I read about whatever horrible thing televangelist Pat Robertson has said lately, my first instinct is to laugh — so much of what Robertson says seems straight out of the Onion. I saw this graphic going around on Tumblr recently and promptly burst into hysterical giggles:
YOU GUYS, FEMINISTS ARE LESBIAN COMMUNIST WITCHES WHO GO AROUND MURDERING MEN AND CHILDREN!!!!
But once I calm down, I remember that Robertson is an active political ... Read More