Sexual Assault

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

5 Takeaways After Watching 'The Hunting Ground,' the New Documentary on Campus Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 3:57pm
Agonizing. Enraging. Inspiring. These are a few words that came to mind after watching "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on campus sexual violence that opened this past weekend.
Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

Standing Up Against Sexual Assault By the State

By Mie Lewis, Women's Rights Project at 11:05am

After meeting with visitors, prisoners in a Michigan prison are forced to remove all of their clothing and spread open their vaginal lips as a guard peers into their vaginal cavities.

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

Battle for Veterans' Disability Benefits: VA Discrimination Against Survivors of Military Sexual Violence

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 9:05am

Ruth Moore was raped by her supervisor while serving in the Navy. After she left the service, she fought for 23 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs ("VA") before obtaining disability benefits based on the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD")…

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth about Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome. Huh?

Pentagon Says Uncovering the Truth about Military Sexual Violence Is Too Burdensome. Huh?

By Sandra S. Park, Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 11:21am

It's often said that people should be judged by their actions, not merely their words. The same is true of institutions, even the Department of Defense (DoD).

Facing intense criticism for how it responds to sexual violence within the military,…

Silent No More: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About “Legitimate Rape”

Silent No More: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About “Legitimate Rape”

By Rachel Marshall, Washington Legislative Office at 12:55pm

Hi, my name is Rachel and I’m a rape victim. This is not typically how I would introduce myself, but with the current national discourse, I can’t stand by silently anymore. You see, before my freshman year of college I was at a party where…

PREA Rule: DOJ Takes First Steps to Protect Prison Rape Victims

PREA Rule: DOJ Takes First Steps to Protect Prison Rape Victims

By Amy Fettig, ACLU National Prison Project at 12:05pm

Last Thursday’s release of the long-delayed national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) regulations by the Department of Justice reminds us of the hundreds of prison rape victims we’ve heard from over the years who could not seek justice because the prison officials who failed to protect them were essentially immunized from liability by a 1996 federal law, the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The announced purpose of the PLRA was to curb the filing of frivolous litigation by prisoners. In reality, the law makes it

My University Has Failed Me

My University Has Failed Me

By "Gabrielle" at 11:01am

I entered my first relationship during the beginning of my freshman year of college at Carnegie Mellon University. Everything was going just as I had hoped. I loved my classes and my new friends and I was dating another woman in my program. However,…

One Year Longer?  Why Won’t DHS Protect Its Detainees under the Prison Rape Elimination Act Right Now?

One Year Longer? Why Won’t DHS Protect Its Detainees under the Prison Rape Elimination Act Right Now?

By Chris Rickerd, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:18pm

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed by a unanimous Congress in 2003, with regulations due by June 2010. It was clearly intended to cover all detainees, civil and criminal. Two years later, the Obama administration at last released the final implementing rules for PREA. Commendably, the Department of Justice reversed its prior position that PREA doesn’t cover all immigration detainees. Yet the Department of Homeland Security – despite an abysmal track record of preventing and investigating sexual abuse and assault in its facilities, which was recently exposed on PBS’s Frontline – got a 360-day extension on PREA compliance.

Say No to For-Profit Prisons

Say No to For-Profit Prisons

By David Shapiro, ACLU National Prison Project at 9:50am

Earlier this year, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest for-profit incarceration company in America, sent a letter to officials in 48 states offering to buy state prisons and run them for a profit. We're still waiting to hear what…

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