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.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on his unofficial Make Canada Great Again tour, launched a long-overdue investigation on Tuesday into the country’s disproportionate number of murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.
Before his arrest on Saturday, Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear had been accused by multiple women of domestic violence and rape. Shortly after he was taken into custody on Saturday, Buzzfeed reported that Dear been accused by one of his ex-wives of abuse, and now the Charleston Post and…
The lead up to the premiere of Suffragette has not been without hitches—in an interview, Meryl Streep said she was a ‘humanist’ rather than a feminist (a sentiment she later clarified), and promotional photos featuring the all-white cast wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I’d rather be a rebel than a slave,”…
According to an annual report released by the Violence Policy Center, South Carolina has ranked the worst for deadly violence against women. The report found that had a rate of 2.32 women killed per 100,000 people in 2013. That’s more than twice the national average. Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Nevada rounded…