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May 23, 2018

Last week, news of another mass shooting at an American high school broke, this time at Santa Fe High School in Texas.  10 people died in the attack, and the gunman was taken into custody.  According to the mother of one of the victims, her daughter had recently r...

January 11, 2017

America, we have a problem when it comes to our media — and it isn’t just the spread of fake news.  In 2017 and throughout modern history, American pop culture has used abusive behavior as a shortcut for romance.  The prevalence of this type of relationship dynamic is...

July 20, 2016

When people think of gender violence, they may think of crimes involving physical violence, such as sexual assault or domestic abuse.  While stalking may not immediately spring to mind, it is a serious crime that can absolutely devastate its victims — even if it does n...

January 20, 2016

Last week, the world mourned the passing of David Bowie.  As his legions of fans paid tribute to the legendary rock star, many pointed out that Bowie was a rapist — and that he shouldn’t be celebrated. According to a woman named Lori Mattix, she lost her virginity to B...

December 23, 2015

In recent years, many have questioned whether one classic Christmas song — Baby, It’s Cold Outside — should be retired.  With lyrics that suggest a drugged drink (“Say, what’s in this drink?”) and banter that could be read as coercion, it isn’t hard to see this song as...

December 2, 2015

If you follow our website or social media, you have probably seen the phrase “primary prevention.”  We use it quite often to talk about our work, particularly with regards to how we hope to end domestic and sexual violence.  This is different from past strategies, whic...

November 11, 2015

At least once a week, we see a headline in the local or national news discussing the latest case of child sexual assault (or rape).  Invariably, these articles will refer to the accused “having sex with” the minor.  This sort of story is seen routinely in newspapers an...

October 6, 2015

Have you seen the hit show Empire?  In many ways, it’s an incredible show, with strong female lead characters (especially Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon) and a dedication to address issues such as homophobia and mental illness.  Yet for all of that, there is one major...

July 29, 2015

In recent weeks, it’s become apparent to just about everybody that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. The first known rape occurred in the 1960’s. By 2015, 46 women had publicly accused him of rape. Many people didn’t want to believe that any of this could be true until 3...

July 1, 2015

As the Fourth of July approaches, many of us reminiscence about what it means to be an American. There is a lot to love about our country, and many things that make America great. But despite this, we struggle to overcome certain problems.  One of the primary challenge...

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