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The Department of Defense, Sexual Assault, and the Future

The announcement was greeted with cautious optimism from victims' advocates in Congress, who said that more urgent reform is still needed sooner than a year from now.

As a former civilian social worker for the Air Force, I cannot help but weigh in on the national debate about how to reform the Department of Defense’s sexual assault policies.

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Louis C.K. Jokes That Women Are Courageous to Date Men—Sadly, He’s Right

In his new HBO special, comedian Louis C.K. notes that men are "the worst thing that ever happens to" women. The bit is funny, but it's also tragically on point.

In his new HBO special, comedian Louis C.K. notes that men are “the worst thing that ever happens to” women. The bit is funny, but it’s also tragically on point.

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Dear Colleges, Please Take Sexual Assault Seriously

No young woman should accept that sexual assault is just another part of college that she must avoid like the "freshman 15" or early morning classes.

No young woman should accept that sexual assault is just another part of college that she must avoid like the “freshman 15″ or early morning classes.

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Unfair Sacrifice: Female Peace Corps Volunteers Shouldn’t Have to Give Up Their Right to Health Care

One thing I never thought I’d have to sacrifice was my access to comprehensive medical care.

Women serving our country should never have to face the tragedy of a sexual assault, but if they do, they should be able to access comprehensive health care and support services.

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Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse

With enough men as leaders and partners, we can build a culture in which women and men are safe: safe going to parties, safe speaking up, and safe being whoever they want to be.

A former professional football player argues that with enough men as leaders and partners, we can build a culture in which women and men are safe: safe going to parties, safe speaking up, and safe being whoever they want to be.

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An Open Letter to Caribbean Men, From Caribbean Women

The rate of rape in the Caribbean is higher than the global average.

Dear Caribbean men: We do not have to smile for you. We do not have to answer you. We do not have to dance with you. And we do not dress for you.

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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn’t Be Controversial—But it Is

Flags outside the United Nations building in New York City.

One week into the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting, it seems possible that the negotiations will once again end at an impasse.

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Alaska Medicaid Abortion Rules Will No Longer Require “Prompt Reporting” of Sexual Assault

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Rape victims will no longer be required to “promptly report” their assaults in order to pay for an abortion with Medicaid in Alaska.

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Four Things You Probably Don’t Know About Title IX

Title IX is an enormously important law for female athletes – no other law has done more to expand opportunities for women and girls in athletics. But what many people don’t know is that the benefits and protections of Title IX aren’t limited to athletics.

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In India and Elsewhere, Laws Without Accountability Won’t End Gender Violence or Bring Justice to Its Victims

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The death from gang rape of a 23-year-old student has turned a spotlight on India’s gender norms. In response, Human Rights Watch has come out with a series of policy recommendations for India. But without effective enforcement, these laws won’t even move the needle on acts of violence against women.

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