Month: October 2011

Sexual Assault Caught On National TV

BY RAVEN NICOLE WILLIAMS Today I witnessed one of the worst and most blatant abuses of a woman’s human rights ever caught on live national television. During an episode of Discovery Channel’s “Lockdown” a male corrections officer is seen sexually assaulting a young woman in custody. The clearly distressed female is heard pleading “stop touching … Continued

Let’s Hollaback! to Cancer

BY SARA SUGAR Go ahead ask me. Ask me when my last breast or pelvic exam was and watch my face go blank. Now ask my partner the same thing and watch a similar expression appear on her face. We admit; we’re long overdue and it’s not ok. In a month that is colored pink … Continued

Alana’s Story: Angry

I used to get a lot of verbal harassment in the neighborhood where I lived, off of a major highway. I moved to a smaller, nicer, residential neighborhood where harassment isn’t really a problem. I was walking back from the library. It wasn’t late, maybe 7:30 or so, but it’s getting darker earlier now so … Continued

Fiona’s Story: Violated

I am holla’ing for my friend Brooklyn. We were walking in Union Square the other day when a man bumped into her. I thought he had actually just bumped into her, but when we walked away, she mumbled “Wow, I feel kinda violated.” I asked why, and she said “That man grabbed my vagina.” I … Continued

LJ’s Story: “Come on, bystanders!”

A guy with a leaf-blower was out in front of this building – it’s not a church, but it has a steeple. I was just going for a nice morning walk, and noticed that he was walking alongside of me for a little while, a few feet away. I looked over at him, and he … Continued

Amy’s Story: Shocked

I was walking my dog and my step-mother’s dog on the lawn. My dog was on a leash and I bent down to pet him. As a vehicle drove by, a male voice shouted “Bend over!” I was so shocked that this was happening in a residential neighborhood in Winthrop Maine that I wasn’t able … Continued

Anita Hill and Hope for Humanity

By REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH 20 years ago this month College Professor Anita Hill took to the witness stand at the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Despite being accused of “flat-out perjury,” Hill courageously revealed to the world that whilst working under Thomas’, the Supreme Court nominee had not only pressured her for … Continued