Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012
  • While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.” Much respect to her for sharing her personal story in such a public way. [Huffington Post
  • Adrienne Rich, feminist poet and essayist, died yesterday at age 82. [L.A. Times]
  • Out students at West Point are filming the military school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. [Queerty]
  • New York City police officer Michael Pena was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman. The 27-year-old cop admitted to sexually assaulting the woman orally and anally and threatening to shoot her. He has denied raping her. [New York Daily News]
  • The Virginia State senate has advanced a budget that refuses to pay for the cost of ultrasounds before abortions, which women in the state have been newly forced to undergo before an abortion. [Times-Dispatch]
  • Meet Sunny Clifford, a 26-year-old Lakota woman living on a reservation, who is fighting for access to emergency contraception for Native American women. [ShelbyKnox.com]
  • Nutritionist Marion Nestle on why the ethics of meat-eating should be a feminist issue. [FoodPolitics.com]
  • Ten famous feminist works of art … plus five artists who work exclusively with menstrual blood. [Flavorwire, Bitch Magazine]
INTERNATIONAL
  • Four hundred women and girls in Afghanistan have been jailed for “moral crimes,” usually a euphemism for escaping a forced marriage or abusive marriage, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. [Think Progress]
  • We’re stoked to watch the Scandinavian teen girl sex comedy, “Turn Me On, Dammit!” [Em & Lo]
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