BY Audrey Cerchiara
on Sep 24, 2014
Self-described writer, comedian, and cheeseburger aficionado, Megan MacKay, presents her witty censure of Ray Rice and the NFL via another clever makeup tutorial.
If you like this one, check out her youtube channel where she roasts Hobby Lobby and other gender-offenders weekly. Her videos are especially bold because the acerbic one-liners attacking misogyny are delivered with an eyeshadow brush. There are a lot of layers here: she is defending femininity, subverting expectations of feminism, and exposing the foundations of systemic injustice. We can’t wait to see more. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Aug 01, 2014
Domestic violence. It is an unbelievably complicated issue. It seems like it should be easy—if you are being abused, leave your abuser—but it’s not.
Approaching abuse with that attitude is called victim blaming; it places the responsibility for resolving an abusive situation on the victim of the abuse, rather than holding the abuser responsible for his/her/zir actions.
Ending an abusive relationship is complicated. Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 15, 2014
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Apr 26, 2014
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, Mariska Hargitay, the beautiful, bad ass actor and activist famous for her role as Detective Olivia Benson, has joined forces with USA Network to say "NO MORE" to sexual assault and domestic violence.
In collaboration with Hargitay's foundation, Joyful Heart, the “No More” public awareness campaign, and the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", USA will be holding a 16-hour "No More Excuses" marathon on Sunday, April 27th from 10am-2am ET, to galvanize awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence. Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Dec 10, 2013
George Zimmerman's girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, who called the police last month when Zimmerman was allegedly breaking her things and pointing a gun at her, now says, "I am not afraid of George in any manner and I want to be with him." Scheibe says that the official report doesn't accurately reflect what happened. She no longer wants to press charges and wants to lift the order that prevents them from having contact with one another. #Yikes.
"When I was being questioned by police I felt very intimidated," said Scheibe in an affidavit taken on December 6th. Read More
BY Emma Pacchiana
on Nov 22, 2013
While Dr. Phil’s show is best known for bringing paternity fights and relationship advice to America’s homes, his wife Robin McGraw clearly has more altruistic ambitions, as she proved with the debut of ASPIRE News, her new free iPhone and Android app for victims of domestic abuse. The app is disguised as a typical news outlet, with stories from the day powered by Yahoo! News, but the “Help” section is a hidden guide to resources for domestic violence. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Oct 01, 2013
Dawn Maestas loves tattoos, but she loves getting rid of them even more. The 42-year-old laser tattoo-removal specialist’s two passions in life—her career and fighting domestic violence—collided one day when she received an unusual call at her Albuquerque, NM, office: a girl had been kidnapped by her abusive partner and was forcibly tattooed multiple times with his name. Could Maestas help?
She could, and she did. An abuse survivor herself, Maestas had been campaigning against domestic violence and publicly sharing her story for years. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 17, 2013
Say it ain't so. Emma Roberts, your favorite celebrity niece, has been arrested for physically abusing her boyfriend, American Horror Story’s Evan Peters.
The incident occurred in a Montreal hotel room on July 7. An anonymous source claims that someone called the cops to report a fight going on in the room Emma and Evan were sharing. When the police arrived, they found Evan with a bloody nose and, allegedly, a bite mark.
Those obvious injuries were enough evidence for Emma to be taken into police custody immediately for committing acts of domestic violence. Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 25, 2013
You would think that a woman who stepped forward to protect herself from an abusive ex-husband would be supported by her community. Tragically, that often isn’t the case. Carie Charlesworth (pictured above) experienced a terrible instance of victim-blaming by the hands of her employers, Holy Trinity School. Her punishment? Losing her job.
How did this gross injustice happen? Charlesworth called the police three times after her violent and abusive ex-husband, Martin Charlesworth, showed up at the school where she teaches, sending the school into lockdown. Read More
While it may sound like something out of Law & Order: SVU, "reproductive coercion" is a very real, very serious form of abuse facing women today. Reports of intimate partner violence including reproductive coercion vary hugely in age, socio-economic status, and geographical locations - sadly, it affects all kinds of women.
Researchers say many women don't report this kind of abuse because they don't recognize that it's happening - and that's a big problem. Read More