News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • The heroic story of Amanda Berry’s survival and escape was made possible by a neighbor who “figured it was a domestic violence dispute” and got involved instead of looking the other way.
  • In the super-disturbing category: getting lots of press this week is the new life-sized ex-girlfriend “tactical mannequin target” that bleeds when you shoot her. OK, “super-disturbing” might be way too kind of a description.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • The FDA lowered the age limit this week (to 15) for emergency contraception and gave Plan B the green light  to sit on drugstore shelves (instead of behind the pharmacist’s counter).
  • An incredibly powerful story from a domestic violence survivor in our state. The full segment will air on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams tonight and talks about the escalated risk when domestic violence abusers have access to guns.
  • Saudi Arabia just launched its first major ad campaign against domestic violence. Check it out!

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • Your partner is assualting you. You call the police for help. And you get evicted for it. Could that possibly be happening? Yup. And the ACLU is taking it on.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • NCAA basketball has provided more than the usual share of madness this time around. Plenty of upsets and broken dreams (not to mention broken bones). And then, of course, there’s the firing of Rutgers abusive and homophobic coach. This commentary helps put things into context: “as much as Rice is the crux of this particular problem, the issue is bigger than him…which is why it keeps happening.”
  • Check out this article on some cool strategies young people in Bangladesh are using to engage their communities to end violence against women.
  • We all know there are far fewer women than men in politics. But why? Because they’re not getting elected? Not running? Not even thinking about it? Some new research is breaking down the gender gap in politics.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • I’ve gone through an intense range of emotions this week watching coverage of the guilty verdict in the Steubenville rape. I’ve landed on a feeling of hope after reading Magda Pecsenye’s “A Letter To My Sons About Stopping Rape.”
  • Do you need another reason to love Project Runway’s Tim Gunn? He’s helping to launch the international No More campaign, raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Karin White with the YWCA of Pierce County reflects on how domestic violence homicides have impacted her community, and shares her hopes for a better future.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • A rape survivor goes on Fox’s Hannity to encourage a thoughtful conversation about how to prevent rape and sexual assault. She says,“Telling every woman to get a gun is not rape prevention … We need to teach (young men) about consent and to hold themselves accountable.” The response she’s gotten has been anything but thoughtful.
  • Now that you’re depressed about the hateful comments Zerlina Maxwell received following her Hannity appearance, have your hope restored by checking out the “Don’t Be That Guy” ad campaign she references. It’s having an impact!

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • Cheers filled our offices yesterday when the president signed the Violence Against Women Act. This article is a good summary of why we’re so excited about this.
  • Returning an abducted child to their home country seems like a good thing, right? Often it is. But what happens when the abductor is a parent trying to keep a child safe from an abuser? Research shows that “many abductions are actually flights to safety.”
  • Singer Thao Nguyen shares how she’s been influenced by the women she’s met in California State Prisons “who have lifted and inspired and taught me things I wouldn’t learn with anyone else.”

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

  • Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day. As he is released on bail today, let’s take a moment to think of Reeva and her family, and get some important perspective from our friends at Shakesville.
  • I’m not a fan of all the crime shows on TV, but maybe I should be. A new study shows that people who watch these shows may be more likely to help victims of sexual assault.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye over the past week:

  • Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and the day of 1 Billion Rising—the largest day of mass action ever to end violence against women and girls. You’ve got to check out some of these amazing videos of events from all over the world.
  • Ok, let’s talk Grammy’s … these articles don’t focus on slamming Rihanna (thank you!), but rather talk about why that’s not helpful and put the focus on how we—yes all of us—react when famous men are abusive. It does seem like we’re letting less slide these days. Am I overly optimistic? You tell me.
  • This week, the Senate said yes! to passing a VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) that protects all victims of abuse.

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye over the past week:

Need an update on what’s going on with VAWA at the moment?

Domestic violence is preventable. So how are we going to stop it? Zoë Myers from New Beginnings has a few ideas that she’s sharing with Real Change News.

Some handy tips for all you activists out there on how to volunteer for good causes without burning out.

Hurray! A hopeful article about women in the media! Teen girls list their favorite feminist celebrities.