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

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  • 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 can’t legally purchase guns — so how do you explain far too many women being murdered with guns by partners or family? [Huffington Post]
  • Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just launch a website for her her 2016 presidential run? Or is it just, you know, a pretty website? [The Stir]

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Color Of Domestic Violence
On Kasandra Perkins and the color of domestic violence. Read More »
DV Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Helping DV Victims
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »

Indonesian Judge Says “In A Rape Case Both The Rapist And The Victim Enjoy It”

Well, here’s an offensive and insensitive comment about rape victims that truly takes the cake.

An Indonesian judge who is a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court was asked whether the death penalty was a fitting punishment for rape. Here is how Muhammad Daming Sanusi answered the question, according to CNN:

“Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it.”

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Rape Sensitivity Training
Teaching members of the GOP that rape =bad. Read More »
A Funny Rape Joke?
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Jamie Kilstein tells one. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Padma Lakshmi Responds To Gang Rapes In India

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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A 29-year-old woman was abducted by a bus driver and gang raped. Read More »

“I was saddened and I was sickened. I literally felt nauseous. I’m from India and while [the attack] didn’t surprise me, it disgusted me … And it reminded me, it brought back to me all of those feelings of when I was walking in Delhi. I used to ride the bus in India to school and I hated it. I hated going on a crowded bus because they would always pinch you or grab you and, you know, when you’re a teenager … I went to school for some years in India and it was terrible …

There is no actual word for rape. The closest word [in Hindi, India's predominant language] is I guess ‘lootna,’ which kind of means to take someone’s honour away. But to say that because a woman has been violated she no longer has her chastity or her honour is missing the point. Therein lies the problem.”

– “Top Chef”‘s Padma Lakshmi, who is Indian-American, responds to the death of Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old student in India who was gang raped with a metal rod and later from her injuries. Singh Pandey’s death was followed by another gang rape of a 29-year-old woman just this past weekend. I did not know until reading this quote from Padma that there was no actual word in Hindi for “rape,” which, as she pointed out, explains a lot. [Daily Chilli]

Military Continues To Address Sexual Assault Within The Armed Forces

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  • A former soldier and military sexual assault survivor attended Friday’s U.S. Commission On Civil Rights meeting to address sexual assault in the armed forces. Jen McClendon  said she is “cautiously optimistic” that the military will address widespread internal failures which blame the victims and protect the rapists. Presently, onely eight percent of reported military sexual assaults result in convictions. [Raw Story, NBC News]
  • Frisky columnist Andrea Grimes on how officials in Texas are completely in denial about how blocking reproductive health access to low-income women won’t actually hurt low-income women. Maybe it’s opposite day in the whole state? [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • 50 Shades Of Grey is the subject of a course at American University. [The Daily Beast]
  • Meet the folks who are pushing for an LGBT History Museum in Washington, D.C. [Arts Journal] Keep reading »

Another Woman Gang Raped On A Bus In India

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Protect With Chili Powder?
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Indian police chief offensively suggested chili powder prevents rape. Read More »

Just weeks after the death of a 23-year-old woman named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang raped on a bus — assaulted with a metal rod which required the removal of her intestines — another woman has been gang raped in India. Police say a 29-year-old woman was gang raped on Friday night by seven men, including a bus driver who drove past her stop, took her to a deserted area, and attacked her. Keep reading »

Indian Gang Rape Victim, 17, Commits Suicide

"The Girl Store"
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The campaign sheds light on India's child marriage problem. Read More »
India's Feminists
Meet the Gulabi gang, India's feminist movement. Read More »
Protect With Chili Powder?
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Indian police chief offensively suggested chili powder prevents rape. Read More »
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A 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide by drinking poison on Wednesday, following a gang rape by at least three men back in November. The teen named the three alleged rapists, who have since been arrested by police, in her suicide note and blamed them for causing her death.

According to CNN, the girl was allegedly gang raped on November 13, during the Hindu festival of Diwali. According to her family, police did not register a formal complaint until two weeks later and pressured the girl not to press charges. Two officers involved in the case have since been fired, while a third has been suspended, over the mishandling. Keep reading »

Anisa, A 10th Grader In Afghanistan, Murdered For Attending School

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5 things to know about Malala, the 14-year-old girl shot by the Taliban. Read More »
Update On Malala
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On Monday, Malala was airlifted out of Pakistan to a UK hospital. Read More »
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Anisa, a young Afghani Afghan woman who had just completed the 10th grade, was murdered outside her home on Sunday, hit by six or seven bullets in her stomach. She had already survived a previous assassination attempt one day prior — likely for being a young woman who dared to make a life for herself. Keep reading »

On Men As Victims Of Domestic Violence — From A Prosecutor

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A prosecutor's professional point of view on domestic abuse. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
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Jessica saw a man commit domestic violence in public. Read More »
On Abused Women
Facts about Rihanna and other abused women. Read More »
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Last week an anonymous prosecutor who has prosecuted a domestic violence caseload explained to us, from her professional point of view, how we should respond when we have friends or family members in abusive relationships. Some of the comments objected to her use  of the pronoun “he” as the aggressor and “she” as the victim. Here the prosecutor, who requested anonymity, is back to respond. 

Absolutely, men can be and are victims of domestic violence. The choice to use the pronoun she exclusively was a choice that I made as the author because the majoriy of reported domestic violence victims are women. The data also shows that women are more likely than men to report incidents of domestic violence, according to Measuring Intimate Partner Violence by National Institute of Justice. Keep reading »

Afghan Man Murders Cousin, 15, After Her Family Rejects His Marriage Proposal

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  • An Afghani man had his 15-year-old cousin Nishina killed after her family rejected his marriage proposal. A cousin and nephew slit Nishina’s throat as she walked to fetch water from a well. This is what happens when violence against women is not taken seriously by a government: according to Human Rights Watch, men in Afghanistan feel entitled to maim or murder women and girls who have angered them. [Guardian UK]
  • Some important marriage equality cases are headed to the Supreme Court tomorrow — read this and brush up on what’s going on. [Mother Jones]
  • Her ex and her fiance were the ones throwing punches, but some media outlets are victim-blaming Halle Berry for the violence. [Feministing]
  • U.S. professional soccer is making its third attempt to form a women’s league. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Bangladesh Woman Forced To Remarry Husband After He Threw Acid In Her Face

Why Domestic Violence Victims Stay
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
I Witnessed DV
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Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
DV Beauty Blog
Beauty vlogger covers up to expose domestic violence. Read More »
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As if dealing with a cheating and violent husband is not enough to endure, a Bangladeshi woman had acid thrown into her face by her husband when she dared to divorce him.

Nurbanu, 36, discovered her husband with another woman and divorced him — only to find herself doused in acid by him eight days later. Now, blind and with a completely scarred and mutilated face, Nurbanu has been forced to remarry her husband. Keep reading »

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