Here in the United States, where the rights of freedom and equality define our history of struggle, American women and girls do not possess a freedom to live out our full potential — unencumbered by violence.
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?
Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized educator on violence prevention among men and boys, asks why rape is a “women’s issue” when over 99 percent of rapes are perpetrated by men.
A lot of people are working to alert the world to the long-simmering crisis of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in a global context where the concerns of both African nations and women are hardly centered in media and government, how can the DRC’s story be told to incite compassion in the massive proportions necessary for change?
Immigrant women who lack civil rights guaranteed to American citizens can’t exercise rights to abortion care or to protection from sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Efforts to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS are about to go to waste in Kenya, if the current political crisis is not dealt with fast. Widespread sexual violence, displacement, and lack of access to providers are all contributing to the spread of the disease.
Art and advertising that play on concepts of sexual violence both feed and depend on a culture that normalizes sexual violence against women.