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Dear Pope: Check This Out
I don’t know if you follow the National Football League in the U.S., but I think you will be interested in this.
"The Invisible War" Goes On
The invisible war of sexual assault of female and male military personnel by their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines continues even as the U.S. ...
Put Your Activism To Work Right Now
The New York Times is right on this one. If politicians are serious about fixing the perception that they don’t understand or care about women, they would do ...
Dear Pope: Are We Talking?
I’m so glad you seem to be finding my advice helpful as you move to respond to the growing crisis over sexual abuse in the church. Your comments this week ...
The Church of College Football
A former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, Jerry Sandusky (a priest in the Church of College Football), has been arrested and charged ...
“The Bible Says . . .”
“The Bible says I can have sex with my 8-year-old child . . .” “The Bible says I can beat my wife because she is to be subject to me . . .” These and other ...
Not Done Yet -- The US Violence Against Women Act Since 1994
This month is the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the U.S.
The Elders Name Religious Tradition and Practice as Sources of Harm to Women and Girls
“. . . we believe that the justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a higher ...
Coronavirus and Violence at Home
By Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune: In this corona era, many local communities are reporting up to a 50% decrease in 911 calls in general but a 20% increase in ...
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
“As gun rights advocates push to legalize firearms on college campuses, an argument is taking shape: Arming female students will help reduce sexual ...
Rev. Marie Fortune Lectures at Luther Seminary on April 14, 2015
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune will participate in Luther Seminary's 2015 Sexual Violence Awareness Week activities, including a public lecture. The keynote ...
How Many? How Long?
This might sound like the start of a bad joke: What do a theologian (John Howard Yoder) and a comedian (Bill Cosby) have in common? More than you might ...
The Ethically Challenged in Steubenville and Beyond
The fact that two teenage football players raped an intoxicated teenager is bad enough. They have now been convicted of their crimes. But the additional ...
Ethically Challenged Part 2: Youth Ministers Take Note
As I have continued to ponder and worry about the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case which I blogged about last week, I came across a two very interesting ...
VAWA Reauthorization NOW!
The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as part of the National Task Force to End Sexual & Domestic Violence, is offering a toolkit for demanding ...
“Rape and Miniskirts: Déjà vu All Over Again”
Let’s begin with the bottom line: lack of modesty in dress doesn’t cause rape. But this doesn’t stop Father Sergio Roman from condemning miniskirts.
Rev. Dr. Fortune at University of the Incarnate Word
Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune was invited by University of the Incarnate Word's National Endowment for the Humanities Trauma Grant Cohort to offer a keynote addresss ...
Preparing for Spring
I look forward to the beginning of February, not in anticipation of February 2 as Groundhog Day (which I have never understood anyway), but in celebration of ...
Sex Offenders in Congregations
Read Marie's blog and Kansas City Star's article.
USA Today: Churches Confront Sexual Violence
USA Today: It's a scourge as old as the ages, yet sexual violence against women and children is fresh in the headlines as President Obama launches an ...
Rape Victim Apologizes to Church?
That’s right. In 1997, a fifteen-year-old girl was raped (allegedly) by Ernest Willis, an adult church member. As a result, she became pregnant. She was ...
Fifty Shades of Depressing
First, a confession: I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey nor do I intend to. When I choose a novel to read, I pay attention to reviews or suggestions of my ...
“Corrective Rape”? No, Hate Crime
“Corrective rape.” When I first heard this term, I stopped dead in my tracks. Having thought that I had heard it all when it came to violence against women, ...
Summer Meaningful Voices Book Club Selection: The Round House
For our summer Meaningful Voices Online Book Club, we've selected The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, 2012).
May 5: #MMIWG Action Day
National Day of Awareness to Commemorate Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls - May 5th
A Message to Our Sisters and Brothers in South Africa
We join you in prayer and in action.
Dear Cardinal Mahony
I realize that you are soon to retire as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I can only assume that you are exhausted from dealing with sexual abuse ...
Rape is Rape is Rape . . .
The U.S. Department of Justice has updated its definition of rape. Now we can name more clearly what victims of rape have known for centuries.
Politics, Religion and Rape
As presidential politics play out, Republican candidate Mike Huckabee has been challenged to answer questions about his involvement in the release of convicted ...
Weary Beyond Words
“Legitimate rape” has now been added to the lexicon of sexual assault thanks to Representative Todd Akin, candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri. One ...