As a survivor of anorexia, abuse, and depression, I can say that I have let the overwhelming pressures of filling media/society’s expectations of “how a woman should be” overwhelm and silence my inner voices – without even realizing I was doing it. Until… I just couldn’t breathe anymore. As I live more days on this planet now, I can say with full confidence that there are no standards or rules worth crushing our soul bones to fit into. Life gets better when we just… let it out.
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Accessing school in the rural villages of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan can be a harrowing experience for a girl. The nearest school may be a three- or four-mile walk on dangerous roads where she is subject to harassment from men she passes.
Reporting about rape in Indian villages is not easy. The stigma of sexual assault is so pervasive that the first response to a rape is often silence, or victim-shaming.
From taxis and livery cars to Uber and Lyft, passengers and drivers alike have reported facing harassment, unwanted sexual advances, kidnapping and assault .
Over recent years we have seen a growing recognition of the problem of child sexual abuse, both historically and non-recent, ranging from sexual abuse by celebrities, institutional child sexual abuse and sexual abuse within the criminal justice system (i.e., the police & prison service ); which have resulted in a series of inquiries in to institutional child sexual abuse in England and Wales ( Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse , the Office for the Children’s Commissioner’s report into CSA in the Family Environment ), Scotland ( Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry ), Northern Ireland ( Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry ) and Australia ( Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Lawrence Journal World Donovan explores rape and other sex crimes of the early 1900s in his new book, “Respectability on Trial: Sex Crimes in New York City, 1900-1918.” The book, which came out in October, is based on Donovan’s research of thousands of pages of court …
Mary Karr’s New York Times bestselling memoir The Liars’ Club was one of my mom’s many book club books, and it sat on our living room coffee table for a month when I was in middle school. I’d page through between commercial breaks as I watched The Oprah Winfrey Show after school, and nibbled on string cheese and drank a Capri Sun.
Elite Daily’s “Recognize Rape” project looks at rape and sexual assault from a variety of perspectives in an effort to gain a better understanding of the violent act.
For over a decade, I didn’t identify as a victim of assault because I loved my assailant and thought that he loved me.
Source: The Process of Disclosure
It’s the end of the month in Diepsloot, a dangerous time for women. Many people in the impoverished township are paid their wages in … more »
A new Illinois law will train hairdressers and barbers to identify the signs of domestic and sexual abuse. Hair professionals will be required to take a one-hour class every two years.
This might be a good time to simply “rip the bandage off” and get back to the basics: Abuse is abuse. Part of what makes it abuse is that one can never know the outcome. As co-blogger Jon Brandt recently noted, research has shown a particularly challenging truth; that those who are abused don’t necessarily view their experience as abuse.
Source: Abuse is Abuse
A new voter-approved law that raises Arizona’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 has a lesser-known section that lets victims of domestic violence , sexual abuse or stalking take paid sick leave to manage the effects of those events. and more »
One in four women in Germany has been a victim of domestic violence . For the first time, Germany’s national investigative police force, the BKA, has analyzed the number of reported cases of domestic violence .
The Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act (2005) was passed in October 2006, after decades of lobbying by legal and women’s rights groups, following multiple drafts and instances of tabling.
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls across Asia were raped and forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Some have been offered a direct apology and compensation from the Japanese government – but not in the Philippines. The last survivors there want their suffering to finally be acknowledged.
This article contains graphic details which some readers may find disturbing.
“At night there are evil spirits – my mother and brother used to see the ghost of an old woman.” With this warning the caretaker unlocks the gates to the Red House.
“After the war, no one wanted to live here,” he says. “They were too scared.”
Today the majestic blood-red villa is crumbling, but memories of the atrocities committed inside it haven’t faded.
One of the first things we learned about Omar Mateen, the gunman in the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., was that his ex-wife said he had beaten her severely until she left him in 2009.
If it sounds familiar that a gunman in a mass shooting would have a history of domestic violence, it should.
In February, Cedric Ford shot 17 people at his Kansas workplace, killing three, only 90 minutes after being served with a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, who said he had abused her. And Man Haron Monis, who carried out a 17-hour siege at a cafe in Sydney, Australia, in 2014, in which two people were killed and four were wounded, had terrorized his ex-wife. He had threatened to harm her if she left him, and was eventually charged with organizing her brutal murder.