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Violence Against Women

It's a grim fact that violence against women exists and that it is frequently underreported. Many women never speak out because of shame, fear, and a feeling that they are somehow responsible for their victimization. There are resources and help for every woman, no matter what the situation. It's just a matter of taking that first step.
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Best Apps for Women Concerned with Safety and Security
Increased safety and security are just a couple of swipes away with these iPhone and smart phone apps that enable you to reach out to resources if you find you're being threatened or may become the victim of rape or sexual assault.

What are the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence?
A description of the international campaign highlighting 16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women.

Murder of Denise Lee - Young Mother Might Be Alive Except For Botched…
Would 21-year-old wife and mother Denise Lee be alive today if 911 call center operators hadn't mishandled calls from the victim and eyewitnesses? When Denise Lee was kidnapped from her Florida home, she called 911 from a cell phone. And so did several witnesses who saw her screaming and banging on the windows of a green Camaro being driven by her abductor. But there was no follow-through, and tw…

Women Endure Obscenities & Harassment at Jets Games
Gate D at Giants Stadium is ground zero for sexual harassment of women during halftime at Jets games. Men scream at women, chanting obscenities to pressure them to expose their breasts. And those that do get their indiscretions posted on YouTube. The authorities know what's going on, yet they do nothing.

Viral Video of Bullied Bus Monitor Elicits Sympathy and Donations
A video showing a group of middle school boys viciously bullying school bus monitor Karen Klein of Greece, NY, goes viral and not only elicits worldwide sympathy for the widow and grandmother but raises more than a hundred thousand dollars on her behalf.

Saudi Arabian Woman Accused as 'Witch' to be Executed
In Saudi Arabia, an illiterate woman - badly beaten to force a confession - is scheduled to be executed by beheading. Accusers call her a witch and one man claims he's impotent because of her.

Ten Facts About Child Brides and Child Marriage
The International Center for Research on Women, regarded as the leading international institution on gender and development, provides the following data on child marriage:

What is slut shaming? Definition of slut shaming
What is slut shaming? What does slut shaming involve and who is targeted? Why does slut shaming happen?

What is child sexual abuse? Definition of child sexual abuse
What is child sexual abuse? Does the abuse always include physical contact, or can abuse occur without touching? Is it child sexual abuse if the perpetrator is another child? A short article on the definition of child sexual abuse.

Townsend's 'Acid Attack' Comment Burns Rep. Hayworth's Re-election Campaign
When a spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY) suggested hurling acid at female Democratic senators on a Facebook page during her re-election campaign in 2012, both the candidate and Jay Townsend, the GOP consultant, were burned by the fallout.

Controversy Provoked By V-Day and "The Vagina Monologues"
Controversy often surrounds V-Day and "The Vagina Monologues," despite the fact that the two are part of an international movement to end violence against women.

More Than Two Hundred Girls Kidnapped in Nigeria

Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Still Held Captive

Lone Gunman Wreaks Havoc at UC Santa Barbara
The college town community of Isla Vista, CA has been rocked by a mass murder spree. The attacker, 22-year-old student Elliot Rodger, had a history of misogyny and racist activity that may the key to understanding this violence.

Whats being done to #BringBackOurGirls?
Although some of the attention to #BringBackOurGirls has waned, hundreds of girls remain captive to the terrorist group, Boko Haram. What is being done to bring back these missing young women?

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