Turning the Tables on Domestic Violence Abusers

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In many cases of domestic violence – in order to escape violence – the victims are often forced to limit their own freedoms in an effort to protect their lives and the lives of their children.

In Massachusetts, a program has flipped this dynamic by making the abusers make a choice to either stop being abusive, or increasingly have their own freedoms limited.

The Domestic Violence High Risk Team was started in 2005 and since then, of the 106 high risk cases they have dealt with, none have escalated to death. Only 8 of the victims were forced …read more

Facebook’s About-Face

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As someone who has consistently received emails asking me to report images on Facebook depicting and encouraging violence against women – only to receive a form reply when I did that Facebook did not agree that these were hate speech – I was particularly happy to see the recent success of Women, Action & the Media (WAM), the Everyday Sexism Project and author/activist Soraya Chemaly this week.

On Tuesday Facebook acknowledged that its systems to identify and remove hate speech “have failed to work as effectively as we would like, particularly around issues of gender-based hate.” …read more

Apps to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Domestic Abuses

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.[1] Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.[2] One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.[3] One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.[4]

The statistics are overwhelming; and it’s clear that preventing and reporting abuse and assault needs to be …read more

Let’s Talk About Sexism

English: Seth MacFarlane at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Best Actress Academy Award (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

In my previous life, I was an actor. I wasn’t ever Jennifer Lawrence famous, but I worked enough to be self-sufficient and sign the occasional autograph. Perhaps because of my 20-year experience in “the biz,” – or perhaps because I am a woman – I found Seth MacFarlane to be sexist – and perhaps slightly racist – during Sunday’s Oscar telecast.

For the most part, people agree with me. Some are even likening his now infamous “We …read more

One in a Billion

Last week on or around February 14 numerous events happened all over the world as a part of 1 Billion Rising. In Baltimore, Campaign Consultation partnered with Baltimore NOW to host a flashmob and march to raise awareness about violence against women. The selection of photos above showcase some of the reasons participants joined this movement. In addition, this week we have a special guest post from Laura Roth describing her experience at a 1 Billion Rising event in California. Laura Roth is an actor and activist living in Southern California.

 

Who runs the …read more

Google How to Attract, Retain and Promote Women

Photo by Myles Grant

After analyzing why they were losing female employees once they gave birth (twice the attrition rate of other employees), Google leadership has taken action and changed its maternity leave policy. The previous policy was 3 months of partially paid maternity leave, and is now 5 months of fully paid maternity leave. The result? The attrition rate was cut in half. Shocking? Probably not, but this does create a compelling case study for other companies to model.

Google has also been implementing other changes in an effort to attract and retain women to their …read more

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi Abortion Law

Supporters fighting to keep Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic open won their battle… for now.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan in Jackson blocked enforcement of a Mississippi law that would require the Jackson Women’s Health Organization to close. He set a July 11 hearing to determine whether to block it indefinitely.

The new law requires all doctors performing abortions be board-certified or eligible for certification with admitting privileges at a local hospital. All three physicians at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization are OB-GYNS, but two of the three don’t live in Mississippi and can’t be granted local admitting privileges.

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