Poet Brenna Twohy’s recites “Another Rape Poem” at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam in Phoenix, Arizona. [via Button Poetry]
A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of an insult machine with a keyboard and Internet access.
Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.
Nigerian activists and citizens are demanding more action as the country marks the one-year anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 teenage school girls.
Less than 5 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide house pets. But a real need exists for more: Survivors often delay leaving abusive situations because they fear their companion animal would be harmed or killed.
From martial arts to nail polish that detects date rape drugs in drinks, women are bombarded with things that supposedly will stop them from getting raped. But why is the responsibility on women to protect themselves? YouTuber Anna Akana is “tired of being responsible for not getting raped,” and says the onus is on criminals to learn not to rape, not on the potential victims to learn how to not get raped.
A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.
In North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager has been arrested and charged with murder for the shooting death of an apparently unarmed Black man, Walter Scott. Last night, the New York Times released cellphone footage of the incident, which was taken by an anonymous bystander, that appears to contradict Slager’s version of the shooting Saturday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reports. [via MSNBC]
In addition to bringing to light stories of harassment, Crosshairs also calls for reforms in the legal system, making it an absolute must-read for anyone in media and reproductive rights advocacy.
Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services.