· · · · · 

This Election Year, Where Are the Real Conversations About Violence Against Women?

Rape, and other forms of violence and abuse such as birth control sabotage or pregnancy coercion, are acts that seek to strip power from women and inhibit their decisionmaking. This election-year, where are the real conversations about violence against women, not just idiotic statements about rape?  

· · · · · 

Rape Exceptions? Many Women in the United States Are Already Living That Nightmare [TRIGGER]

“Abortion exceptions” are human rights violations and bad public health policy. Any administration that banned abortion “with exceptions” would force every single woman who needs an abortion to live a nightmare scenario: hope that you qualify and can actually get an abortion, or be denied access altogether. Today, all over the country, many women are already living that nightmare.

· · · · · 

John Koster and “The Rape Thing:” Right-Wingers Simply Can’t Stop Minimizing Rape [TRIGGER]

It seems they can’t help themselves. One after another, not inconsequentially right-wing, white, male politicians continue to pontificate on the choices women should, and should not, be able to make in the aftermath of a rape. For John Koster, that is in the aftermath of “the rape thing.”

· · · · · 

Raped by My Stepfather: A Survivor of Illegal Abortion On Why Safe, Legal Abortion is Essential

Richard Mourdock argued in a debate that women who have been raped should not have access to abortion services because their pregnancies are a “gift from god.” As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, I disagree with him completely.

· · · · · 

Letter to the GOP: I Was Raped and Got Pregnant. Here Is *My* Story [TRIGGER]

I was raped during my freshman year of college. To add to the burden, I got pregnant.

· · · · · 

All Politics Aside, Rape Shouldn’t Be a “Controversial” Issue

Has their ever been an election cycle where sexual assault has become such a political issue?

· · · · · 

Abortion Legal for Rape Survivors in Argentina Except When the Courts Step In

Anti-choice protesters in Buenos Aires. Photo: ACI/EWTN Noticias.

A woman who wanted to terminate her pregnancy has had her abortion halted by the courts at the request of an anti-choice group.

· · · · · 

Why “Forcible Rape” Still Matters

Photo: The Orange Juice Blog.

Comments defining rape as legitimate or forcible have made one court question whether a disabled woman really fought off her attacker.

· · · · · 

How Can We Prevent Rape as a Weapon Used in Conflict?

Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it?

· · · · · 

Legitimate Rape? A Rape Victim and Counselor Reflects on Rape Culture Myths

When Rep. Todd Akin recently brought the phrase “legitimate rape” into political discourse, I was simply stunned. Yet his horrifying and dangerously ignorant assertion is, even after all these years, merely a bald-faced acknowledgment of what our rape culture has allowed to exist: the idea that women are only rarely “rape-raped.” 

· · · · ·