Pledge to Make Your Campus SAFER This Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month

For the past ten years, April has been known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, SAFER decided we wanted to take a slightly different approach. We’re recognizing this April as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, and we’re asking students and their allies to join us in pledging to take concrete steps toward holding their schools and communities accountable for preventing, reducing, and responding to sexual assault on campus. And because we know ya’ll are already busy, we want to reward your action with some awesome prizes.

Here’s how it works: Students, alumni, and other student allies like parents, faculty, and campus staff can pledge to one or multiple SAAM actions on our pledge page. These actions include:

Participating in ...

For the past ten years, April has been known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, SAFER decided we wanted to take a slightly different approach. We’re recognizing this April as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, ...

What We Missed.

Another 11 year old girl has been brutally gang-raped. How will the media respond this time?

In other reasons why the prison industrial complex sucks–there are more black men in prison today then there were in slavery.

Sixty-one percent of women aged 50-75 would like more portrayal of their sexual desires in the movies. That’s right ladies, tell ’em.

More on the race-baiting anti-abortion billboards with Obama’s face to be unveiled in Chicago.

Another 11 year old girl has been brutally gang-raped. How will the media respond this time?

In other reasons why the prison industrial complex sucks–there are more black men in prison today then there were in ...

On Charlie Sheen and Chris Brown


When Chris Brown lost his shit following a Good Morning America interview where he was asked about his assault on Rihanna he tweeted, “I’m so over people bringing this past shit up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bullshit.”

I agree completely with Jay Smooth – Chris Brown is getting off way too easy. The fact that he’s being invited to promote an album on TV shows at all is shameful. But I do see a clear, substantive difference in the way people – not just the media, but individuals consuming both these stories – are responding to Brown and Sheen.

Via Amanda Hess I was alerted to a post on Where ...


When Chris Brown lost his shit following a Good Morning America interview where he was asked about his assault on Rihanna he tweeted, “I’m so over people bringing this past shit up!!! Yet we praise ...

Pledge to Make Your Campus SAFER This Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month

For the past ten years, April has been known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, SAFER decided we wanted to take a slightly different approach. We’re recognizing this April as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, and we’re asking students and their allies to join us in pledging to take concrete steps toward holding their schools and communities accountable for preventing, reducing, and responding to sexual assault on campus. And because we know ya’ll are already busy, we want to reward your action with some awesome prizes.

Here’s how it works: Students, alumni, and other student allies like parents, faculty, and campus staff can pledge to one or multiple SAAM actions on our pledge page. These actions include:

Participating in ...

For the past ten years, April has been known as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, SAFER decided we wanted to take a slightly different approach. We’re recognizing this April as Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month, ...

Jesuits settle $166 million sexual abuse suit, charged in another

Last week the Northwest Jesuits agreed to pay $166.1 million in a bankruptcy settlement with about 500 people who were sexually abused by priests. The majority of the payment will come from the religious order’s insurers. The Northwest Jesuits declared bankruptcy in 2009 when a number of sexual abuse charges were brought against the order. This is the largest abuse settlement against a religious order in the US (as opposed to a diocese).

The abuse occurred primarily in American Indian boarding schools, and the survivors are mostly American Indians. The Jesuits are generally associated with education – they run a number of high schools and universities – and also have a reputation for social justice (with obvious exceptions in the ...

Last week the Northwest Jesuits agreed to pay $166.1 million in a bankruptcy settlement with about 500 people who were sexually abused by priests. The majority of the payment will come from the religious order’s insurers. ...

Donate to the Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon!

When I first posted about the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon, the distant day when we’d actually have to strap on our bowling shoes and show off our skills seemed so far off. But now it’s just a couple weeks away–and we need your help to reach our Feministing team goal!

In the last post, I wrote about my deeply held beliefs on human rights and reproductive justice. But here’s another, more simple, reason why I bowl for abortion access and donate often to abortion funds: because it’s one of the easiest, most direct ways I can help women.

When I read articles like Amanda Marcotte’s latest on the GOP battle to ...

When I first posted about the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon, the distant day when we’d actually have to strap on our bowling shoes and show off our skills seemed ...

Wal-mart gender discrimination case reaches Supreme Court today

Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Dukes vs. Wal-mart, the gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-mart. At stake is whether the case can continue as a class-action suit–that is, whether the plaintiffs in the case can represent over a million more women who worked for the company since 1998.

At Slate, Richard Thompson Ford explains why this case is so important–and why class action suits are so vital to enforcing non-discrimination laws.

“Most of the women in the Dukes class action would never bring an individual lawsuit. Proving individual discrimination is hard. Even if the statistics prove that Wal-Mart discriminated against a lot of women, very few would be able ...

Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Dukes vs. Wal-mart, the gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-mart. At stake is whether the case can continue as a class-action suit–that is, ...

What We Missed

We know what the GOP doesn’t want to spend money on: anything that is beneficial for women’s health. What they do want to spend money on: religiously fueled, misinforming and extremely biased crisis pregnancy centers.

Nebraska’s ban on prenatal care for undocumented immigrants is responsible for the death of at least five babies.

Some rogue knitters are leaving their marks all over major cities–in yarn.

Ezra Klein shows how doing nothing will cut our deficit in half by 2021.

A reminder about the Women’s Media Center fundraiser with Gloria Steinem on Thursday in San Francisco where I’ll be representing Feministing. Details here.

We know what the GOP doesn’t want to spend money on: anything that is beneficial for women’s health. What they do want to spend money on: religiously fueled, misinforming and extremely biased crisis pregnancy centers. ...

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