Known for supporting victims of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to be an advocate for survivors’ voices. A spokesman for Senator Gillibrand says that she—along with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill—supports advocacy group Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment’s petition that calls on President Obama to take away Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Feb 09, 2015
Last night’s Grammys were full of moving performances, funny and awkward moments, and empowering red carpet interviews—but obviously here at BUST we were on the lookout for feminist moments, and we've narrowed it down to our top five.
This last year has shone a lot of light on domestic violence and assault issues, so we’re dedicating our first three moments to the three people that rose to the occasion about brought awareness and empathy to this year's Grammy awards.
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Imagine earning the opportunity to go out into the field and explore the world, as a budding young scientist, only to be greeted by predatory superiors.
In a PLOS ONE survey of mostly archaeologists and anthropologists, 64% of field scientists reported having experienced sexual harassment and 22% reported sexual assault in the field. The academic article also noted that “73% percent of female [medical trainees] had experienced workplace sexual harassment during their residency," meaning that this problem is not unique to scientists working in the field. 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 Emily Robinson
on Jun 11, 2014
Angelina Jolie has been on a roll lately. First, she produced and starred in her hit new movie, Maleficent - which has been applauded by feminist critics; second, she recently spoke at the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, of which she is a co-chair.
The conference aims specifically to stop sexual violence during wars and conflicts. According to Reuters, Sierra Leone’s civil war didn’t stop at battle-related casualties - an estimated 60,000 women were survivors of rape. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 23, 2014
This past Thursday, a federal complaint was filed against Brown University, accusing the school of violating the law by failing to expel a student found guilty of raping fellow classmate, Lena Sclove. After coming forward about the school's mishandling of her case last month, Lena's courageous battle for justice and increased awareness sparked the kind of national attention these issues deserve.
In light of this anti-violence awareness, Brown University-based publication, Bluestockings Magazine, released a new zine, SILENCE + VOICE, dedicated to exposing and contesting violence of all kinds. Read More
on May 16, 2014
Upon hearing news of the rapist list that was publicly inscribed inside of a Columbia University bathroom stall- I decided to do a little digging and fortuitously opened a Pandora’s Box of unnerving sexual assault mishandlings by the “renowned Ivy League.”
On May 15th Columbia University custodians found a little PSA written in sharpie on a bathroom stall, sporting the headline: “Rapists On Campus,” subsequently listing 4 names of male undergraduates. 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
Marianna Taschinger, a victim of revenge porn, fights back
In a recent piece, The New York Times’s Erica Goode exposes the corrupt, disgusting world of “revenge porn.” All around the country, people are founding websites onto which angry ex-lovers can post nude images previously sent or given to them in moments of intimacy. The goal of these websites is to provide a way for disgruntled men to exact revenge on their exes. Other men are free to peruse the pictures, and with ad space sales, the website owners can make thousands. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 21, 2013
Popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter has been all over the news this week because of their seemingly tacit endorsement of a particularly loathsome seduction book by pick-up artist Ken Hoinsky, AKA a sexual harrassment how-to.
Hoinsky’s known on Reddit – an infamous Internet community that raises eyebrows online for its consistent promotion of misogyny and violence – as user TofuTofu. Read More