When we stop talking about racism and racially motivated violence, we push the dream of a fair and equitable society even further into the distance.
In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.
Kalief Browder was only 16 when he was arrested on suspicion of stealing a backpack. Browder spent three years in Rikers Prison without a trial, and was finally released once his trial was dismissed. On Saturday, June 6, Browder committed suicide after his traumatizing experience in prison. Democracy Now! speaks to reporter Jennifer Gonnerman about the life of Kalief Browder and the emotional and physical abuse Browder faced while in prison.
I wouldn’t say that I dislike the Duggar family because they have “standards,” contrary to what Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) tweeted on Wednesday night.
People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can’t escape it.
On this episode of Reality Cast, Joseph Potter, faculty research associate for the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses obstacles between women and birth control. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the Duggar sex abuse scandal, and anti-choice politicians are getting nuttier and more radical.
May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health—a day advocates have commemorated since 1987. This year, the focus is on institutional violence.
On Wednesday, May 20, hundreds of people gathered at Union Square in New York City to draw attention to the many Black women and girls killed by police officers. The African American Policy Forum, along with several other community groups, organized the vigil as part of a nationwide call to action following the release of its report, entitled, Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. [via New York Daily News]
Human Rights Watch released a report on the horrors of retaliation as the United Nations urged the United States to do more to prevent military sexual assault.
A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has been made on the backlog even while the Obama administration has identified it as a top priority for sexual justice.