The same culture that allows men to catcall, without restriction, on the street, allows men to stalk and invade the personal space of women and threaten us without penalty.
Bringing sexual and domestic violence to the forefront of public consciousness by speaking out and sharing our stories is critical, but it is only one part of enacting wide-ranging change.
If you really think that you are a good guy, and that you are not the kind of person who would threaten to violently hurt someone for the hell of it, the onus is on you to fix this.
Many people who struggle with a mental illness are unnecessarily arrested because police officers are not properly trained to handle a mental health crisis. OverCriminalized, produced by Brave New Films, details how the mentally ill are treated within the justice system, and one department’s answer to helping both police officers and those who struggle with a mental illness.
Despite last week’s announcement of a deal between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram extremists that includes the safe release of more than 200 kidnapped girls, local activists maintain that “the parents cannot cherish promises.”
Beck Cooper’s “The Gutting” is a powerful poem that exemplifies the struggles with identity, sexuality, and self-worth a rape victim faces after the horrific event.
Seven members of the Sayreville high school football team now face criminal charges, including three who are charged with aggravated sexual assault. It is unclear whether the coaches knew what was going on and what will happen to them.
Protesters in Ferguson refused to be ignored this weekend. They are the reason that while we might not be able to claim that America is the land of the free, it is most definitely still the home of the brave.
Since August 9, there has been a sharp divide between life before Michael Brown was killed and life after. The scab on the wound of racial injustice in the St. Louis region was ripped off, and we’ve all been confronted with the full scope of the infection.
Melissa Harris-Perry is joined by MSNBC reporter Amanda Sakuma, civil rights lawyer Judith Browne Dianis, former police officer Eugene O’Donnell, interfaith leader Valarie Kaur, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad to discuss police brutality in the United States. [via MSNBC]