Men Taking Action
At a small college in Dallas, Pennsylvania, college men are taking a stand against violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Well, technically they took a walk. Thirty male students of Misericordia University adorned themselves with high heels and participated in a new event called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to benefit the Panzi Foundation, a non-profit that helps rape victims in Congo. They walked a mile around campus in these heels and, though this was an admittedly small group, it sends an important message: men care about these atrocities, too. Click here to read the full story.
Gadaffi’s Forces Attacking Women
Say what you will about the United States and its allies taking action in Libya (see my post for my opinion), the conflict, like so many, is inciting sexual violence from Gadaffi’s forces against Libyan women. The Guardian reported yesterday that a woman burst into a congregation of foreign reporters getting their breakfast to report that she had been raped by government officials. Despite some reporters’ attempts to protect her, she was quickly arrested and shuttled away to an unknown location. Though underreported, it is safe to assume this is not an isolated incident. You can read the full story and see a video here.
“Did You Keep Your Receipt?”
The GOP is at it again, backing bills that many believe are intrusive, unnecessary, and downright outlandish. I try not to pound too hard on the opposite side of the fence but when the fodder finds me, I have to acknowledge its existence. After language was finally removed from another recent, GOP-backed bill that many argued would re-define rape (click here for the background on this gem), the party is supporting yet another controversial bill that intrudes on women’s privacy. The new bill, H.R. 3, would allow IRS agents to audit taxpayers and determine whether an abortion was the result of rape or incest. All this to ensure they complied with the law. Click here for the full story.