Pakistan will finally pass a law banning “honor killings,” days after social media star Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death by her brother. The law, which was announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif, will remove a loophole that permits the family of the victim to legally pardon the…
Last December, Betty Reid Soskin was honored at the White House for her service as National Park Ranger—at 94, she is the country’s oldest ranger—and given a commemorative coin by President Obama. Early in the morning June 28, that coin was stolen from her when she was attacked and robbed in her Richmond, California…
A nineteen-year-old brain tumor patient was returning home on June 30, after her last treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, when a bloody encounter at Memphis International Airport turned celebration into disaster. After setting off the metal detector, the disabled young woman was confused by the demands…
On Friday, June 24, former Indiana University student John P. Enochs was sentenced to one year of probation after being charged with two counts of felony rape.
On Tuesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden gave a long—very long— speech about sexual violence at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. So long did Joe Biden take to rail against the abuse of power baked into our patriarchal system, in fact, that MSNBC’s Irin Carmon reported via Twitter that the rest…
In the last three decades, 18 women have disappeared along Highway 16, a road that runs through remote and impoverished parts of British Columbia; nearly all of those women are indigenous. More women have disappeared since the 2006 statistics cut-off, and activists say that the official number—18 dead girls or…
Model Chloe Goins has re-filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby, who she alleges drugged and sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager visiting the Playboy Mansion in 2008. In the new papers, filed on Monday in Los Angeles, Goins names Hugh Hefner, accusing him of conspiracy.
On Wednesday a judge in Colorado ruled that Robert Lewis Dear, Jr., the man charged with killing three during an attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, is not mentally competent to stand trial.
In an attempt to reinstate bail for 21-year-old sex offender Owen Labrie, his attorneys presented a letter from an unnamed professor who compares Labrie to 15th century canonized military heroine Joan of Arc. Wow, so creative!
Alexa Curtin, daughter of former Real Housewives of Orange County star Lynne Curtin, has accused an Orange County police officer of rape.
Two years ago, extremist Islamist group Boko Haram orchestrated the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, presumably forcing them into sexual slavery as they have done with so many other women. Despite the efforts of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, most are still missing. And those who’ve been rescued? They are…
For three months, United States Army private and rape suspect Jameson T. Hazelbower has lived off the grid without difficulty. Despite accusations of violent sexual assault, the 24-year-old was simply listed as a military deserter without further efforts to bring him into custody.
Today’s Bad Bitch Award goes to Karmenife Paulino, a 22-year-old graduate of Wesleyan University. Raped at a fraternity during her freshman year, she reasserted her sexual agency in a photoshoot entitled “Reclamation,” where she poses as a dominatrix on fraternity grounds.
Today in tragic non-surprises: an Australian study finds that online harassment of women has very nearly become the “established norm.” Women under 30 are especially susceptible.
The sexual assault trial against disgraced Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi began on Monday. Two women have testified against him thus far; both have been aggressively cross-examined by Ghomeshi’s defense attorney about why they continued to communicate with him after the alleged assaults took place.
For all its benefits, the rapid development of social media has brought with it new occasions for exploitation and harassment — and oftentimes these offenses go unpunished. But women are mobilizing to combat one especially pernicious form of online sexual violence: revenge porn.
In late December, comedian Beth Stelling alleged via Instagram that she had been raped and abused by her ex-boyfriend but refused to name him. The man in question, a comedian named Cale Hartmann, has since been identified.
Forced cultural assimilation is looked down upon for good reason—it privileges the value system and traditions of whatever the home country is, reinforcing the marginalization of the immigrant. What happens, however, when the immigrant’s culture generally tolerates violence against women?
Last week, a United Nations working group focused on discrimination against women in the United States published their findings—they are bad, bad findings.