sexual assault

The Sexual Assault Crisis Facing Native American Women

When she was a senior in high school, Kerry Hawk Lessard invited some friends to her home, like many seniors do. They drank all night. Before everyone left, one of the men unlocked the back door and taped the lock open. Later that night he returned and sexually assaulted her. She was 19 years old. Lessard, a member of the Shawnee tribe, grew up in an urban Native community in Baltimore, MD. Her attacker was non-native. She didn’t call the police. She didn’t call the next time she was assaulted either.

Will Congress Help Rape Victims Get Justice?

After she was raped in Seattle, Leah Griffin had to wait nearly 17 hours before being examined by a nurse. McKenna Williams waited nearly 12 hours in San Diego. Jessica Garcia had to travel from her home state of Oregon to California. All three women did what seems logical in the aftermath of sexual assault — they went to the nearest emergency room.

Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women

Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault, as well as a tape in which he admits to groping a model, seem to have triggered something new in US society — an awareness of the magnitude of what women face every day. Why did it take so long? One reason is partisan politics. Think about it: Two of the four men who have occupied the Oval Office in the last quarter century were allegedly serial sexual harassers/assaulters. Bill Clinton was accused of rape by one woman, of exposing himself to another and of groping a third.

Will the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Inspire Reforms?

Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump, two affluent white men whose names are synonymous with their brands, have one possession in common: a taped confession of the hideous, disturbing way they perceive and treat women. Both used their fame and status to aggressively seek sexual favors. Both employed similar tactics to silence accusers: non-disclosure agreements, lawsuits and private settlements.

Harvey Weinstein University — Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Harvey Weinstein may be just the tip of the iceberg in Hollywood, but he’s also emblematic of a debate that has been raging for over a decade on US campuses. “Yes Means Yes” “We Believe You” “It’s Never Her Fault” — these are just a few bywords of a new sexual revolution playing out now in colleges and universities across America. The changes may be redefining what constitutes consent, assault and rape.