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.

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!