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.
An act of vandalism at Mississippi’s last abortion clinic will not intimidate clinic workers from providing reproductive health care to women in need, clinic staff said Tuesday.
Some California lawmakers want to make sure that students learn about sexual assault before they graduate high school. At the least, affirmative-consent education can be a good catalyst for making people think about the way rape culture permeates our daily lives.
The NFL and its teams seem to have no real plan to combat violence against women or enforce consequences against players who commit it.