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A World in Which Women Are Cartoons, Not People

If you can’t grasp the basics — women have minds and feelings, just like men — it’s a short jump to dehumanizing women and girls in other ways.

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Excommunicate Me

If there is no room in the Catholic Church for doctors who would provide an abortion to a nine-year-old incest survivor pregnant with twins, then there is no room for me, Brazilian Catholics are saying.

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Ab-Only Group Shamed into Changing Victim-Blaming Website

The Ohio program Abstinence ‘Till Marriage no longer victim-shames on their website. A small victory — but now we need to end funding for all failed abstinence-only programs.

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Get Real! Rape Is Not Her Fault

No one is responsible for “making someone horny.” In fact, much of the time, none of us has any control at all over whether or not someone experiences sexual desire.

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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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Get Real! Healing and Dealing with Triggers as a Male Survivor

Rape isn’t about “letting” something happen. It’s about a profound violence someone else does to us, and it’s something that happens to men and women, boys and girls.

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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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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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Spreading Rumors About Rape Kits Won’t Prevent Violence Against Women

Rumors won’t bring rape victims justice — but asking tough questions about which presidential candidate will push policy that addresses violence against women in this country and abroad might.

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A Culture of Violence Against Women: More Than Rape Kits

If rape victims have been charged for rape kits in Wasilla, Alaska, under Sarah Palin’s leadership, we deserve to know why. But we deserve to know a lot more than that. Which set of candidates will pro-actively create policies that address the root causes of rape and sexual assault?

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