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.
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.
Advocates say the bill is unnecessary because current law already allows any person, including pregnant women, to use lethal force to protect themselves.
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.
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.
Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.
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.
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.
West, a former medical assistant at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” clinic in West Philadelphia, has been sentenced to five to ten years.
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.