Tag » sexual violence
We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline. In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse. Read More
The problem of sexual assaults on college campuses is prominent in the media, and unfortunately, it's for good reason. A new study conducted by researchers at Brown and Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that 18.6 percent of freshmen women at an unnamed college in upstate NY are survivors of an attempted or completed rape. This brings new light to the commonly used statistic that 1 in 5 college women experience sexual assault. Here’s why: Previously, the 1 in 5 statistic from the U.S. Read More
While many of us were celebrating Valentine’s Day with roses, chocolates, and glasses of wine, there was a different kind of celebration going on—one that focused on self-love and what it means to be a survivor. The hashtag #SurvivorLoveLetter took hold on Tumblr that day and is a powerful representation of those who have survived sexual violence. Launched by the co-founder of the sex education company imMEDIAte Justice, Tani Ikeda, this platform became a place to publicly declare “self-love or honor a survivor in your life. Read More
Roxane Gay has always had a full schedule, and fortunately for her followers, it seems she’s only getting busier. Following the May 2014 release of her first novel, An Untamed State, Gay’s collection of essays titled Bad Feminist became a New York Times bestseller. Its success sent her on a national book tour and propelled her in the direction of “household name” status (a feminist scholar developing this much clout? We are so excited about Gay. Read More
Josephine Decker is an actor, writer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her most recent creations are two fearless feature-length films, Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely. These evocative movies defy expectations of narrative and rely on alternative styles of storytelling to illuminate the lives of young women. I got a chance to ask Decker some questions about her filmmaking process, feminism and fantasy. She is currently taking a physical theatre course in Philadelphia, gathering inspiration and research for her next film. Read More
Looks like in the game of capitalism vs. women’s rights, capitalism wins once again. American Apparel, who did a great deed by firing former CEO and founder Dov Charney after further allegations against Charney arose, backpeddled BIG TIME.  According to ABCNews.com, the “made in America” minimalist clothing company just rehired Charney as a “strategic consultant until the end of the investigation.”  Charney’s fate as an AA employee, officer, or even CEO lies in the findings of the investigation. Read More
You've heard of #YesAllWomen, but what about #AllMenCan? Elizabeth Plank dreamed up the heartening flip side to the #YesAllWomen coin. Searching through the #YesAllWomen tag, you'll find tweets detailing the hurtful minutiae of sexism which plague daily life as a female.    Since the #YesAllWomen posts have left me feeling like I've been dragged through the dirt, and the horrible related news stories piling up all over the web, I'm glad that #AllMenCan is here to pick me up and dust me off. Read More
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator “knew the other person did not want to.” 3% verbally coerced a victim into sex, or attempted physical force. Read More
It’s a perfect day – the glimmering sun breaks through the clouds and warms their backs as they cheerily go for their daily afternoon stroll. The loving father beams down at her when suddenly, spotting something in the road, she skitters away, and he shouts out, Stay! to his – dog? Or, uh, daughter? This commercial from the Best Friends Animal Society disturbingly blurs the line between girl and pup. The advertisement is for their Fix At Four campaign, which encourages pet owners to spay and neuter their animals at four months. Read More
Last Tuesday, in association with V-Day, Eve Ensler, award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues, hosted a panel discussion regarding sexual violence, in the light of the Steubenville rape case. The event sold out in eight minutes. Though it was exciting to know that every seat would filled with engaged listeners, there was something so annoyingly typical about the scene that greeted me: the audience was composed almost entirely of women, with a couple of guys sprinkled here and there. Read More