Posts Tagged ‘gender violence’

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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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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Domestic Violence Victims Can Apply for Address Confidentiality, from the Gazette, 09/23/2015

September 24th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsMany victims of domestic violence have been forced to move more than once after their abuser finds out where they live, but a new program in Iowa now promises to help them keep their addresses confidential.

Anastasia Wilson, victim’s advocate with the Linn County Attorney’s Office, said she has already started telling victims about the Safe At Home program because they can start applying for the service in mid-December. Victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking also are eligible for the program. And victims who have only filed for a court protective order and may not have filed a police report also can participate.

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Domestic violence crisis: Turnbull announces $100m package from The Australian, 09/24/2015

September 24th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsMalcolm Turnbull has outlined his vision to transform Australia’s culture regarding disrespect for women, as the Prime Minister unveiled a $100 million domestic and family violence package as his first major policy announcement.

“All violence against women begins with disrespecting women,” Turnbull said at the launch event in Melbourne. “We as leaders, as a government must make it — and we will make it — a clear national objective of ours to ensure that Australia is more respecting of women … We have to make it as though it was un-Australian to disrespect women.”

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Domestic Abuse Victims Paint Black Dots On Hands As Subtle Signal For Help from The Huffington Post, 09/18/2015

September 21st, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsOne in four women in the U.S. has experienced severe violence at the hands of an intimate partner, yet asking for help is often far too dangerous for victims to even consider. That’s what inspired a new grassroots campaign that allows survivors to open up about their experiences without even having to say a word.

“…To help survivors signal to others that they need help, but are struggling to ask for it…”

The goal is for the black dot to serve as a subtle, yet urgent, message to agencies, relatives, friends, doctors and others that a victim is in need of services to help them escape the abuse.

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Helena professor presented award for work to end sexual violence from Independent Record, 09/07/2015

September 9th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsMost sexual assault victim advocates last three to five years on the job, but Carroll College Professor Kelly Parsley has been at it for almost 20 years.

“If you know a victim or someone who survives sexual violence, you know this incredibly strong, heroic person,” Parsley said. “She didn’t think she could live through the nightmare; she didn’t know the nightmare would end … She chose to survive and she made it past. It’s like being around heroes…”

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