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The Media on Rihanna: Love Doesn’t Hurt, But Abuse Is Complicated

A growing number of people in the media seek to dissolve the myth of women’s culpability in violent relationships. But the question that is asked most often of the Rihanna/Chris Brown story is “Why did she stay?” rather than “Why did he do it?”

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An Open Letter to Chris Brown and Rihanna

Please know that I recognize the need for privacy during a time of tragedy and attempted healing. But I ask that you consider how this might be a teaching moment that recognizes the sacredness of women and girls’ lives.

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Understanding the Roots of Violence Against Women in the Pacific

Violence against women is a problem worldwide, but violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region is seldom spotlighted. A new study seeks to understand the scope of the problem, and its roots.

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Iowa Violence Victims May Pay a Price for Budget Shortfalls

Iowans facing domestic violence are currently able to access crisis counseling and shelters. But if the state doesn’t find a way to maintain $4 million in funding, all that could change.

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Roundup: Huge Increase in Number of Reported Sexual Assaults, Dallas County Reconsiders Ban on Condom Distribution

Caroline Kennedy supports Roe; incidence of rape and sexual assault much higher than previously reported; Dallas County health workers still not allowed to distribute condoms; Katha Pollitt on Rick Warren.

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Deep Roots: Honor Killings Reflect Global Problem of Violence Against Women

While honor killings elicit attention as a primordial custom, the fact is that this form of violence is part of a much larger problem that transcends cultures and religions.

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Roundup: Melody Barnes on HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence Against Military Spouses

Obama economic advisor Melody Barnes outspoken on HIV/AIDS; New York Times highlights domestic violence against military spouses; was Kansas abortion provider George Tiller trapped?

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When Women Become the Battlefield

You can show that women who suffer violence are not alone or forgotten. Sign UNIFEM’s petition against gender-based violence before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

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Grading the Candidates: McCain Failing From Child Care to Reproductive Rights

An independent group of economists rates the candidates during the financial crisis on ten critical issues for women. McCain barely passes, Obama scores high.

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Young Women and Sexual Coercion: Reproductive Health Realities

There is an important contributor to unintended pregnancy that is rarely mentioned on the campaign trail — the strong link between unintended pregnancies and dating violence or coercion.

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