News you can relate to

Some stories that caught our eye this week:

Why The White House Wants You To Live In The United State Of Women “With an ambitious agenda to tackle the biggest issues holding women back from total equality, leaders from the White House, Hollywood, major corporations, and civil society gathered together in one room to propose solutions.”

Domestic violence survivor stunned by $21 million award in lawsuit against her ex-husband “Bailey was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence and was sentenced to 180 days in jail — 178 of which were suspended — and two years’ probation, according to court documents. “I just felt like he was getting away, and he really rocked my world,” Kershaw told the Dispatch last year. So, she said, she decided to sue him in civil court.”

The Stanford Rape Case’s Judicial Fallout “A jury pool’s mass refusal to participate because of the presiding judge’s actions in an unrelated case appears to be unprecedented, at least in the modern era.”

News you can relate to

Some news stories that caught our eye this week:

Emergency contraception is especially important for women in abusive relationships, which is why we’ve been paying close attention to the stories about Plan B (and equivalent medications) being ineffective for women over 176 lbs. Healthline has a brief clear explanation of what other options are available.

Forbes takes a characteristically financial viewpoint on domestic violence, pointing out that it costs us $8.3 billion annually in medical expenses and lost productivity.

Victim-blaming is a common response in our culture to stories of sexual assault and domestic violence, so it’s not surprising that sometimes victims blame themselves. Jenny Kutner’s complicated exploration of her own culpability is captivating and Amanda Hess’s response is thought-provoking.