Domestic Violence

How Do We Move Forward After Legitimate Rape, Steubenville, Delhi?

How Do We Move Forward After Legitimate Rape, Steubenville, Delhi?

By Sandra Park, ACLU at 4:50pm

Like so many people, I’ve been haunted by the stories describing the sexual assaults perpetrated against young women in Delhi. The crimes are horrific, and the reported victim-blaming only compounds the horror.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Fulfilling Our Promise to Say “No” to Violence

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – Fulfilling Our Promise to Say “No” to Violence

By Ramya Sekaran, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:23pm

Last Sunday, November 25, the international community observed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Women's rights activists have marked this as a day against violence since 1981, in memory of the Mirabal sisters, political…

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

ACLU Releases New Report on Widespread Police Brutality in Puerto Rico

By Ateqah Khaki at 10:18am

The ACLU today released a report that finds the Puerto Rico Police Department -- the second-largest police department in the U.S. -- is plagued by a culture of unrestrained abuse and brutality. The use of excessive or lethal force is routine among…

House GOP’s Rewrite of VAWA Does Violence to Immigrants

By Charanya Krishnaswami, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:32pm

“[A]buse in the U.S. immigration system must be stopped,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) recently remarked. Ironic, considering that Smith is a co-sponsor of the recently passed H.R. 4970, a so-called “renewal” of the historic Violence…

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

Note to Military: Sexual Assault Includes Rape

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 5:59pm

The government has turned a blind eye to these crimes has allowed them to continue, imperiling the lives of victims and degrading their service.

On International Women’s Day, Remembering Domestic Violence Is a Stumbling Block to Women's Equality

On International Women’s Day, Remembering Domestic Violence Is a Stumbling Block to Women's Equality

By Anne Morrison, Women's Rights Project at 3:47pm

It's time that the United States take charge in advancing women's rights by eliminating violence against women.

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

Exposing the Ugly Details of the Military Sexual Violence Epidemic

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project & Rachel Natelson, Service Woman's Action Network at 5:08pm

On Monday, a federal court judge heard oral arguments in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case brought by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and the ACLU seeking records from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs regarding…

Survey Reports Alarming Levels of Sexual and Domestic Violence

By Katherine Clemente, Women's Rights Project at 12:09pm

Last week, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported the results of its extensive survey on intimate partner and sexual violence in the United States. The findings were staggering. In the past year alone, 1.3 million women…

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

D.C. Says No to S-Comm: City's Mayor and Council Take Bold Steps to Protect Immigrant Community

By Johnny Barnes, ACLU of the Nation's Capitol at 3:39pm

Mayor Vincent Gray and the D.C. city council rejected Secure Communities, saying they would not allow the DHS to federalize the D.C. police department.

Stop Domestic Violence in Its Tracks

By Katherine Clemente, Women's Rights Project at 6:04pm

It is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when many of us ask: what can we do about the injustice of intimate partner abuse? More than 10 years ago, Jessica Lenahan faced just that question when the police failed to respond to her pleas…

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