Why Do Some Americans Vote for Sexual Predators?

October 04, 2018

This is not the first time we have seen Republican voters support a sexual predator. The Republican Party's relentless support for their Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, despite all the allegations of sexual assault against him and the public outrage around his confirmation hearing,...

Dr. Ford Made Me Cry Too

October 03, 2018

The #MeToo movement can become extremely viable and valuable if it can blossom into a movement for the legal, social and economic gender equality that is long overdue. Sorting out the ramifications of what has become known as the #MeToo movement has become daily fare for those who make a living...

The #MeToo Movement Goes Global

September 28, 2018

The US isn't the only country where women are lining up to burn down the (frat) house. The famous tenor Enrico Caruso went on trial in 1906 for an incident at the Monkey House in Central Park. He was accused of the indecent assault of 30-year-old Hannah Graham. Caruso in turn accused one of the...

In Egypt, This Woman Said No to Sexual Harassment

August 30, 2018

Having faced unwanted advances on the streets of Cairo, Egyptians should hail Menna Gubran for fighting sexual harassment. Menna Gubran is an Egyptian woman who was waiting for a bus in a suburban Cairo street, when she noticed a man stalking her with his car. He drove around her bus stop...

16 Women and Donald Trump

February 15, 2018

Women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted are making their voices heard. The US has slowly drawn the curtains back on the grim reality of the prevalence of sexual misconduct, and the nation’s leader stands at the forefront of this revelation. Considering that President Donald Trump...

Humane Outcomes Define a Nation’s Worth

December 29, 2017

With a venal cabal undermining governance at every turn in America, even the modest quest to be good and decent as a nation is on hold. Changing times can be hard times, particularly for those without much of a moral compass to guide them. It seems that after millennia of harassment and abuse,...

America Has a Rape Problem

June 22, 2016

Every so often, a rape case like the one in Stanford will catch the public’s attention but then disappear. On June 2, the Stanford University rape case ruling came in from Judge Aaron Persky. His ruling showed no empathy for the victim and showed extraordinary leniency to Brock Turner, the...

Violence Against Women in India

February 11, 2014

In Delhi, it is estimated that four rapes occur every day.  In January 2012, I had traveled to Delhi, India to document cases of dowry abuse. Just a month earlier, in December 2012, the brutal gang rape and murder of a young college student by six...

The Free Fall of Tarun Tejpal

December 03, 2013

A sexual assault in India raises questions about widespread sexual harassment of women at work. The arrest of Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, for the alleged rape of a junior female employee, symbolizes the corruption that has poisoned India’s soul....

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

August 31, 2013

The root of the sexual assault crisis plaguing the military lies in militarism itself. By Annie Isabel Fukushima & Gwen Kirk As more US military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” — at the...

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