Brock Turner was found guilty in March of 2016 on three felony counts of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman; in June, he was sentenced to six months in the Santa Clara County jail and three years of probation — a sentence many considered to be far too lenient. In the wake of the sentence, which Judge Aaron Persky handed down because he said a harsher one would “have a severe impact on [Turner],” Turner’s victim released the powerful letter she read to her attacker at the sentencing detailing the “severe impact” the assault has had on her.
Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker
A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her. Read letter.
Texas Says It’s OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won’t Have Sex With You
A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he’d paid to Lenora Ivie Frago, who wouldn’t have sex with him, his actions were justified. Read more.
Death sentence and detentions raise profile of rape in Somalia
The recent execution in Somalia of a soldier convicted of rape and the detention of a journalist investigating sexual assault have given the traditionally taboo issue of gender-based violence an usual degree of prominence. Read more.
Warsan Shire: FGM
Kenya’s unique approach to rape prevention should have the rest of the world taking note.
In 2010, the group No Means No Worldwide began offering self-defense classes to Nairobi schoolgirls, teaching them how to fight back against rape. Read more.
Make-up in the Morning
Honor Diaries: FGM
A Call for Help
Malala Given 24-Hour Police Protection by UK Authorities
Malala Yousufzai has been afforded police protection after increased threats on her life, just a week after passing state exams with flying colors. Read more.
Indian woman, 17, beheaded by her brothers over romantic affair, police say
The police say the two were seen roaming the streets of their village, carrying their sister’s head and decrying her relationship. Read more.
Man charged with murdering ex-girlfriend, her 6 children, and her husband
“Domestic homicide is committed almost entirely by men who feel off-the-charts levels of male entitlement — men who feel so entitled to control a woman just because they’ve dated or married her that they resort to violence to reassert control.” Read more.
Reversing Female Circumcision: The Cut That Heals
Activists demand witness protection as two rape victims are murdered in India
“There must be a formalised protection system in place for victims and witnesses in cases where they are under threat and facing intimidation or worse”. Read more.
Girl reportedly guarded by lions in Ethiopia
Authorities: Cats chased off men trying to force her to marry. Read more.
Miseducation: NYT Op-Doc
A fitness blogger posted a viral video after he abused her. Most people would never have known.
After the most recent attack, she made a brave decision. She posted a video discussing her process coming to terms with it. Read more.
6 Contortions Women Perform to Avoid Street Harassment
New study lays out some of the insane lengths women go to avoid street harassment—like avoiding an entire city. Read more.
What I Learned from ‘The Hunting Ground:’ I Am A Part of Rape Culture
The documentary The Hunting Ground taught me I was part of campus rape culture, and I didn’t even realize it. Read more.
Meet the Lebanese Women Fighting Back Against Misogyny
Lebanese women sick of harassment founded a women’s only taxi company that provides women a safe way to travel. Meet the women behind Pink Taxis and listen how life is for women in Beirut.
Mexico’s Harassment Issue
In honor of Bland, and to continue to call attention to violence against Black women in the U.S., the African American Policy Forum, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, and Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow and expert on policing of women and LGBT people of color, have updated a report first issued in May, 2015, “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.”