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Cecily McMillan’s ‘Occupy’ Trial, and the Fight Against Sexual Assault at Protests

Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan is now on trial for defending herself at an Occupy Wall Street protest after she felt someone grab her breast. McMillan’s decision to fight back—both immediately after she was groped and now, in court—is brave, and sends a powerful message that women should not be blamed for defending themselves.

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Inside the Pilot Project That Grants Tribal Authority Over Domestic Violence Cases

Umatilla County, Oregon

As of February 20, three federally recognized tribes have the power to arrest and prosecute non-Natives who assault Native intimate partners, under a pilot project to test a historic expansion of special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.

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Proposal to Include Fetuses in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Moves Forward in South Carolina

Advocates say the bill is unnecessary because current law already allows any person, including pregnant women, to use lethal force to protect themselves.

Advocates say the bill is unnecessary because current law already allows any person, including pregnant women, to use lethal force to protect themselves.

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Witnessing Death From a Distance

Sprawl of Kabul, Afghanistan as seen from the top of TV Hill in the middle of the city.

In the month before Afghanistan’s presidential elections on April 5, three deadly attacks occurred against journalists who became targets of terror. I was once a war reporter. Now I write about war from a distance.

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Rick Perry Dodges Measures to Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis

Given Texas' record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

Given Texas’ record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

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Christian Colleges Have a Sexual Assault Problem

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

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Some Clinics See Uptick in Anti-Choice Harassment, Leading to Calls for More Buffer Zone Laws

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri

Reproductive rights advocates around the country are calling for additional safety measures, such as buffer zone laws, to protect staff and patients at reproductive health-care clinics.

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Montana Clinic Vandalism: How You Can Help

All Families Healthcare in Kalispell, Montana, which provides comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortions, was vandalized this week. The son of a local anti-abortion clinic supporter was arrested in connection with the break-in. Susan Cahill and all of the staff at All Families Healthcare are asking for support to help speed along the recovery and reopen the clinic.

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Former Gosnell Employee Sherry West Sentenced

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors" clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.

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Montana Abortion Provider Severely Vandalized, Is Closed Indefinitely

All Families Healthcare

Susan Cahill, a physician assistant who manages All Families Healthcare, told RH Reality Check that she believes the break-in was part of a coordinated effort to intimidate the facility into no longer providing abortion care.

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