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Sexual violence in Kenya: ‘To the police, rape wasn’t a crime’ from The Guardian, 10/01/2015

October 2nd, 2015 No comments

In 2002 I was travelling back from work in Nairobi when I was carjacked and raped at gunpoint; I was 27.


The police reported the incident not as a rape, but as robbery with violence. They wouldn’t speak of the rape because to them it wasn’t a crime. But it’s a huge problem in Kenya. A 2010 national survey (pdf) suggested that 32% of girls experienced sexual violence before becoming adults.

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Scottish Parliament passes new laws to tackle human trafficking from the Herald Scotland, 10/2/2015

October 2nd, 2015 No comments


New laws to tackle human trafficking and better protect its victims have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill strengthens existing criminal law against the practice and enhances the status of and support for victims.

New laws to tackle human trafficking and better protect its victims have been passed by the Scottish Parliament.The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill strengthens existing criminal law against the practice and enhances the status of and support for victims.

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Why is it important to bring a racial justice framework to our efforts to end domestic violence?

October 1st, 2015 No comments

by Ivonne Ortiz, Training and Education Specialist for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

wocOctober marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time when as advocates we work hard to bring attention to an issue that continues to affect our communities. Beyond raising awareness, DVAM brings a national spotlight to the issue of domestic violence, creating an opportunity to elevate conversations about its root causes, which stem from a culture of oppression and privilege. We know that domestic violence is linked to a web of oppressive systems such as racism, xenophobia, classism, ableism, sexism, and heterosexism. And while domestic violence occurs in every culture regardless of socioeconomic, educational, and religious background, we must address the fact that violence disproportionately affects marginalized groups, especially those who experience multiple forms of oppression. In response to the importance of bringing a racial justice framework to our work, we bring a focus to the experiences of women of color, who experience domestic violence at high rates and continue to encounter barriers when trying to access supportive services.
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Saugerties Police Department drives home domestic violence prevention message from Daily Freeman, 09/29/2015

September 30th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsThe Saugerties Police Department hopes its new purple and white patrol car will serve as a constant reminder of the need to prevent domestic violence, the police chief said Tuesday.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate,” Joseph Sinagra said during a press conference to unveil the patrol car. “Its effects are seen through all social and economic stratas. Race, gender and age are no exception when it comes to domestic violence.”

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U.N. Says Cyber Violence Is Equivalent to Physical Violence Against Women from TIME, 09/24/2015

September 28th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsThe report calls itself a “wake-up call” about cyber violence as a systemic concern, especially as technology is spreading across more regions. Presented by U.N. Women and the U.N. Broadband Commission, the report estimates that 73% of women have endured cyber violence, and that women are 27 times more likely as men to be harassed online. In Europe, nine million girls have already experienced some kind of cyber violence by the time they’re 15. Anita Sarkeesian, a gamer and activist who has long agitated for more action against cyber violence, spoke at the launch of the new report, titled “Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls: A Worldwide Wake-Up Call.”

The U.N. defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts.” The report notes that cyber violence is an extension of that definition, that includes acts like trolling, hacking, spamming, and harassment.

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Syracuse University pulls ‘kiss cam’ after complaint about forced affection from Fox 5 NY, 09/23/2015

September 24th, 2015 No comments

(AP) – Syracuse University is considering kissing its kiss cam goodbye after a fan suggested it sends the wrong message at a time when colleges are fighting against campus sexual violence.

But Steve Port of Manlius said what he saw during the Sept. 12 football game between Syracuse University and Wake Forest constituted unacceptable behavior, and maybe even assault, as men forcibly kissed women who were clearly saying no.

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