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Deadly Shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Shooting in Washington Hits Close To Home

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I was surprised at my reaction to one of our UniteWomen.org National Team Members being in lockdown while retrieving her daughter from a school one mile from Marysville Pilchuck High School, near the scene of the fatal shooting in Marysville, Washington today, Friday, Oct 24, 2014. Police say the shooter, who was a student at the school, is included among the dead, having died of a self-inflic...


A Survivor Who Once Said “I would never …”

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It started as a push in the heat of an argument. To this day I don’t remember what the argument was about. He apologized immediately and all was forgiven. I had no idea that over the next year things would escalate. How could this happen to me? It was such a gradual process. Day-to-day life was for the most part normal...at first. By the time I realized he was an abuser it was too late - I wa...


The Truth About Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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When a girl prepares for marriage in the United States and other parts of the western world, she plans her trousseau and shops for her wedding gown.  In Africa, the preparation of marriage is far removed from trousseau and wedding gowns.  The practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is at the top of the list of marriage preparations.  Female Genital Mutilation, more commonly known as FGM is ...


Rape Culture’s Collective “Ah Ha” Moment

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I'm having an ah ha moment while reading an article posted by a man explaining the phrase "rape culture" to other men. Truth is, I've had this same ah-ha moment before. You see, I'm again remembering that in addition to ALL the rape attempts I remember in my life and that I speak about readily, there's also a rape attempt I never really talk about. Because it was my boss. Every time I think ...


Feminists, Mujeristas and Womanists, It’s Time To Unite!

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Unless you are one of the few charmed women in the world that has been spared any struggle, it is time to recognize that we women are facing battles that our mothers and grandmothers fought years ago and policies being written by privileged white males. Most of us are in the process of living a full and well rounded life. In some cases you will be acknowledged for those experiences and in others...


University needs to make a stronger effort against sexual assault

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UniteWomen.org member, Alexandra Miller and Paul Grindle wrote a piece for their University newspaper on possible solutions to the surge in reported sexual assaults on campus. If you have written a piece on sexual assault for your campus newspaper, please send it to awareness@unitewomen.org for consideration in the UniteWomen.org blog. Stony Brook is grappling with an increase in reported se...


Grown-Up Bullies – The Need to Say “No”

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In recent news, several seemingly non-related stories have boldly drawn new battle lines about how people treat each other.  Sen. Ted Cruz bullied Congress and colleagues to force a government shutdown; there was a clarion call for the parents of the girls who cyber bullied 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick to be held accountable; Dolphins football player Jonathan Martin said no to hazing from his tea...


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I'm spending the week with my godchildren just outside of Nashville. My nephew is 3, my niece is 2, and there is a newborn baby boy. (Yes, my best friend is 23 just like me. She's been happily married since she turned 18-- all the kids were very much wanted, and totally unplanned.) Kiddie bowls and silverware and sippy cups come in lots of bright colors, and the kids get to pick out which color th...


Virginia 2013 – Your Vote Matters

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The vast spectrum of history is made up of a multitude of small, seemingly inconsequential moments. Most are unacknowledged and the majority are little known, but they are all essential in their own way to creating the larger moment. As human beings, as citizens of the world, and yes- even as citizens of our own communities - we either diminish or ignore the part we each play in shaping our wor...


Everyone Hates Rape…Right?

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UNITEWOMEN.ORG and RAINN would like to be able to say, “Yes!” “Isn't it a given that everyone hates rape?” is something we hear quite often when inviting people to submit a statement for UniteWomen.org’s Unite Against Rape campaign.  Tragically, this question is not as rhetorical as it would seem.  A significant portion of our population is either unaware of, or indifferent to, the in...


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