Posts tagged "domestic violence"

Please Tell Me This Bra-Clad “Zombie Ex-Girlfriend Shooting Target” Is An April Fool’s Day Joke

I really, really, really want this to be an April Fool’s Day joke.
ZMB Industries, which manufactures shooting targets which all resemble zombies, has a “zombie ex-girlfriend” target of a bra-clad woman for presumably-male shooters to “kill.”
Put another way: practice murdering your ex-girlfriend, men! It’s okay! Because she’s a “zombie!”
The Bleeding Ex-Girlfriend Target…

Jessica Wakeman / April 1, 2013

NYPD’s Misguided Strategy To Get Domestic Violence Victims To Cooperate

If you abuse your partner you deserve some serious jail-time.  Nobody could argue with that.  Yet, according to The New York Post, the New York Police Department’s method of getting a victim to cooperate and close a case could potentially do more harm than good.

According to the Post, a March 5 memo written by…

Sarah Gray / March 20, 2013

Addressing Domestic Violence Means Addressing Gun Violence, Says Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden announced 12 grants to programs around the country to protect potential victims of domestic violence at the hands of their abusers. Noting that between 2009 and 2012, 40 percent of mass shootings began with a man shooting an intimate partner, Biden emphasized, “The issue of domestic violence and reducing gu…

Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013

The Soapbox: On Abuse Within Kink (Or This One Time Some Really Bad Stuff Happened To Me)

Recently I went home with a kinky man after our first date. The experience phased in and out of being consensual throughout the night. I distinctly left his apartment feeling violated and I continued to feel violated for several days after.

We found each other online because both of us were interested i…

Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2013

Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization’s new symbol — a thick “O” of light…

Sarah Gray / March 13, 2013

Sir Patrick Stewart Calls On “One Million Men” To End Violence Against Women

“Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. Every nine seconds. Violence against women is the single greatest human rights violation of our generation. This is a call to action—not an action that will make things better in six months’ time or a year’s time, but action that might save someone’…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 11, 2013

The Soapbox: BDSM Is Not “Consensual Domestic Violence”

I don’t want to write this post.

I really don’t want to write this post.

I really don’t want to write this post because all the ways that Slate columnist/link-baiter William Saletan is wrong about BDSM are so numerous and so glaringly inaccurate that I have half a mind not to…

Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2013

Teen Girl In Maldives To Be Flogged 100 Times For Premarital Sex

Last week, a 15-year-old girl in the Maldives was sentenced to being flogged with 100 lashes for having consensual sex outside of marriage. Now the Islamic ministry and judiciary are being pressured to halt the public flogging or at least wait to carry it out until the youngster turns 18. If the criminalization of a…

Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2013

Photographer Captures Man Beating His Girlfriend In Startling Photo Essay

This sent shivers down my spine.  A moving photo essay by the photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz on TIME magazine’s website follows a young couple’s relationship, culminating in the man beating his girlfriend. As she explains in a piece accompanying the piece, Lewkowicz originally meant to document Shane’s life as an ex-con. But it turned into something…

Jessica Wakeman / February 27, 2013

Violence Against Women Act Might Actually Pass The House Of Representatives

Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week.

VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money…

Sarah Gray / February 27, 2013

GOP Congressman Says VAWA Has A “Motherhood-And-Apple-Pie Title” — What?

Congressman John Duncan from Tennessee says he is undecided on which way he’ll vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which passed the Senate last week 78-22.  His reasoning?  “Every bill is given a motherhood-and apple-pie title,” and if “you voted on the title, you’d vote for every bill up here.”…

Sarah Gray / February 20, 2013

Oscar Pistorius Denies Reeva Steenkamp’s Death Was Premeditated Murder

This morning, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius faced his first bail hearing regarding the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and disputed the premeditated murder charge against him. The higher charge caries the most intense bail requirements of South African law, according to The Atlantic.

Here’s an update on where the case is at…

Sarah Gray / February 19, 2013

Oscar Pistorius Accused Of Premeditated Murder

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sobbed in court today as prosecutors accused him of planning to murder his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 30, whom he allegedly shot four times yesterday morning in his home. Former girlfriends and mothers of ex-girlfriends have been weighing in with the press, painting a disconcerting picture of Pistorius. [Sky News, NYmag.com

Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Oscar Pistorius & Reeva Steenkamp: 9 Things To Know About The Couple

Oscar Pistorious, 26, a Paralympian and Olympian and inspiration to athletes around the world, was arrested today — Valentine’s Day — and charged with murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.

Police responded to a 3 a.m. call about gunshots in Pistorius’ upscale neighborhood of Silver Woods in Pretoria, South Africa, where Steenkamp, 30,…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

“One Billion Rising” Today To End Violence Against Women And Girls

If you’re not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine’s Day, there’s an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.  “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine’s Day as the play is staged around the world to raise

Sarah Gray / February 14, 2013

Good News: The Senate Passed The Violence Against Women Act (Again)

The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again.  The measure first  passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend…

Sarah Gray / February 12, 2013

True Story: A Subway Car Full Of People Watched A Woman Assault A Man And Did Nothing

When you live in New York City, it’s impossible not to find yourself inadvertently in the middle of someone else’s crazy. Sometimes it’s a domestic dispute and sometimes it’s a person in the throes of a psychotic break — either due to mental illness or substance use. You learn to assess these situations as best…

Ami Angelowicz / February 11, 2013

Accused Witch Is Burned Alive

Nope, this is not a headline from Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. People really did put to death a woman accused of being a witch in 2013. A town in Papua New Guinea, which is in the South Pacific Islands, publicly tortured and then murdered a 20-year-old woman by setting her on fire in a public…

Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2013

90 Women Murdered By Intimate Partners Or Family Members In The 8 Weeks Since The Newtown Massacre

The gun lobby says us ladies need guns to protect ourselves. But reporter Melissa Jeltsen at the Huffington Post paints a different picture: guns in the hands of abusive partners kill women. A lot of women. People who have been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence or who have a DV restraining order against them…

Jessica Wakeman / February 6, 2013

Rihanna Talks A Lot About Her Reunion With Chris Brown In Candid Rolling Stone Interview

Welp. There’s no denying it now. Rihanna is officially back together with Chris Brown, less than four years after he assaulted her to the point of hospitalization the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands this Friday (but excerpted quotes are already making the rounds), the singer is pretty…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 30, 2013
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