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Obama And Biden Address The Nation About Violence Against Women

I know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But the 10th month of the year is another time for reflection on an issue that doesn’t get quite the attention it deserves: Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Frisky has been re-posting some of our past content by our contributor Judy McGuire, a domestic abuse survivor, but we were pleased to see it’s being addressed on a national level, as well.

Today at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama made remarks about violence against women, which I’ve transcribed a bit after the jump: Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Should We Ask Victims Of Domestic Violence Why They Stayed?

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. With that in mind, we’re reposting this article from Judy McGuire which originally ran in July 2009.

Yesterday, two of the other lady blogs wrestled over the politics of asking victims of domestic violence why they stayed with their abusers. Are you a bad feminist if you ask someone—say, someone like me—why she stayed with the guy who beat the crap out of her, nearly murdered her, and raped her on a regular basis? Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How To Avoid Dating An Abusive Freak

The first thing anyone asks a battered woman is: “Why did you put up with that?” Domestic violence is the only crime I can think of—well, besides rape—where the victim is treated as complicit in her own abuse.

This is why I rarely talk about my two-year relationship with a batterer. I wasn’t a housewife with no resources, I was a teenager and he was my first boyfriend. He beat me, raped me and stalked me. After I escaped, it was years before I told anyone what I’d been through because I was so ashamed. I still avoid the topic with those close to me.

What people don’t understand is that abusers don’t generally punch you in the face on the first date. If they did, nobody would ever go out with them twice. But there are some early warning signs—and as much as you might hate to admit it to yourself, the fact is, even a strong, smart, independent woman can find herself on the wrong end of the fist. Here are some behaviors to watch out for … Keep reading »

Husbands Can Hit Wives As Long As They Don’t Leave Marks, UAE Court Rules

Good news, domestic abusers! An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled a husband or father can “discipline” his wife and children as long as he does not leave any marks. This decision follows a ruling where a man was taken to court for slapping his wife, injuring her bottom lip and teeth, and kicking his 23-year-old daughter, causing her to bruise. Keep reading »

More Photos Of Battered Rihanna May Be Released Soon

It’s been a year and nine months since the night Rihanna and Chris Brown got into a fight that turned physical, leaving Rihanna with a long laundry list of injuries. But now, an unnamed person is trying to peddle never-before-seen pictures taken of Rihanna in the emergency room. This makes us want to scream. Keep reading »

Courteney Cox And David Arquette Reveal Their Strange Sex Life In PSA About Domestic Violence

Shocker: Courteney Cox and David Arquette have a totally kinky sex life. Apparently, they’re furries; in other words, they enjoy dressing up like rabbits and humping one another. OK, not really. In actuality, they’re engaging in a little three-way bunny fun with a special friend for this PSA about domestic violence. The transition from furries to abuse is a little jarring, but it did get our attention. [I Heart Chaos] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “My Husband Hits Me, But I’m Scared To Leave Him”

I’ve been married for four years and during that time, there have been three physical fights where my husband has hurt me. I’ve stayed with him because he’s been “my person” for seven years. The person who knows everything about me … and why I do the things I do or like the things I do. He’s the father of my child, and if I left I don’t want my son growing up knowing he has an abusive father. Plus, when I hurt my neck really bad — and was on pain killers/muscle relaxers and going to physical therapy — he took care of me and the house so I could recover. But then the third incident happened six weeks ago, and I finally saw everything in black and white.

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The UK’s Powerful New Domestic Violence PSA: “You Make The Call, We Make It Stop”

Most of us have no qualms about calling the cops when our neighbors practice guitar chords at 3 a.m. But all too many people are content to mind their own business when they hear a couple’s argument veer in to dangerous territory. This new interactive PSA from the UK’s Metropolitan Police gives you two different options: one if you call 999 to report domestic violence, another if you don’t. It’s chilling, but powerful. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Megan Fox’s Abusive Relationship

  • Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan are starring in the “Love The Way You Lie” music video for Eminem and Rihanna, playing a couple in an abusive relationship. Fox has donated her paycheck for “Love The Way You Lie” to Sojourn House, a shelter for abused women and children. [Just Jared]
  • After a confrontation with an Emirati woman, who chastised her for wearing a low-cut shirt, a British woman stripped down to her bikini and walked through a shopping mall in Dubai. Both women were detained by police and then released, but the Emirati woman filed a complaint of public indecency. [AP]
  • The Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. When she is sworn into office on Saturday, she will become the court’s fourth-ever female justice. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Afghan TV Show Says Shelters Force Women Into Prostitution

  • A multi-part Afghan television series has accused women’s shelters in Afghanistan of being brothels — even ones registered with the government. The 27-year-old TV host, Nasto Nadiri, is running for Parliament in September and is a critic of women’s rights campaigns, especially when affiliated with international NGOs. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maria Teresa de Nicolo, a former prostitute, has told a corruption inquiry that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave her gifts the night she shared his bed with two women. De Nicolo said that she and about 15 other women were invited guests at a private dinner for the prime minister and everyone received jewelry. [Guardian UK]
  • Iran has rejected an asylum offer from Brazil for a woman sentenced to death by hanging. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and originally sentenced to death by stoning. [CNN]

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