Look at this awesome hackathon focusing on solving violence against women. In their own words, “The Violence Against Women Hackathon is an attempt to address the challenge of domestic violence by building innovative technology solutions to assist the victims of Violence Against Women and the agencies that work to support them.”
We can’t wait to see what type of solutions and tools this group comes up with.
A fan asks Patrick Stewart about his work against domestic violence, and his response is amazing.
3:00 He talks about learning about the possible cause of his father’s abusive behavior.
5:50 “As a child I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men saying “Mrs. Stewart, you must have done something to provoke him. Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument.”
“Some of these cases…involved the victims being raped after drinking quite a lot of alcohol … So I would appeal that young ladies should not drink too much.”
- the Hong Kong security secretary, in response to the city’s rising reports of rape.
There are no excuses. It’s not enough just to say ‘this is not something we’ll stand for, we’ll hold these people accountable’ unless you’re providing a system and process to actually do that.
We have to make sure it’s a victim-centered response, from the moment the victim makes that report all the way through to the point where the perpetrator is prosecuted, charged, and punished.
Rape myths often suggest that women ask for rape because of how they dress or behave and contribute to a rape culture that accepts sexual violence and victim-blaming.
We’re coming to work in jeans tomorrow in commemoration of Denim Day.
Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Denim Day began as a protest against an Italian rape case, in which the guilty verdict was overturned because the victim was wearing tight jeans before the rape occurred. The court felt the victim must have helped take off her jeans, therefore consenting to sex.
On Wednesday we stand up for this woman, and for all women, in fighting misperceptions about rape. Clothes play no part in causing rape — it can happen to someone wearing jeans, a tight dress, or an oversized parka.
“During his talk, Porter recounted a story in which he asked a 12-year-old football player how he would feel if his coach said he playing like a girl. While Porter expected the boy to say it would upset him, the boy admitted being compared to a girl would “destroy him.” Surprised by his response, Porter wondered, “If it would destroy [a boy] to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?””
What effect is the idea of conventional manhood – which can be propagated by both men and women – having on men? How is it affecting the culture of violence against women? TW: sexual assault.
“Are they absorbing the story that a male hero’s job is to defeat the villans with violence, and then collect the reward, which is a woman who has no friends and doesn’t speak?”
“We have to show them and model for [our sons] that a real man is someone who trusts his sisters, and respects them, and wants to be on their team.”
Colin Stokes on gender in film, the Bechdel test, and violence against women. So thought-provoking.