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International Women’s Day: A Reflection from South Africa
by Elizabeth Petersen, Founder and Executive Director of SAFFI
Correction to blog: UN Statement on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
We have received several calls from people questioning the quote that I attribute to pope Francis in my last blog.
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 ...
DVAM Webinars: Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is offering a series of weekly webinars during October in recognition of Domestic Violence ...
It Takes Courage: Rev. M.L. Daniel on Activism
Have you read the comment section on any of the headline news stories recently? I have to admit that I frequently make the mistake of reading the comments and ...
"If there's one place that you should be safe . . .”
"If there's one place that you should be safe, it should be in your house of worship." This was the comment made by Sheriff Grady Judd in Polk County, Florida, ...
“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, ...
“A woman of faith, a formerly battered woman, a mother of six children . . .”
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is now a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee, who shares the Peace Prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul ...
May 5: #MMIWG Action Day
National Day of Awareness to Commemorate Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls - May 5th
Déjà vu Again and Again and Again
Once again the legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act has been introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress. This action stalled in the ...
A Message to Our Sisters and Brothers in South Africa
We join you in prayer and in action.
Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act?
Dear U.S. Bishops: What is the matter with you? The headline "Catholic Bishops Oppose Violence Against Women Act" speaks volumes to women in the pews. It ...
What Will It Take to Pass VAWA?
The Violence Against Women Act [VAWA] was originally passed in 1994 with strong bipartisan support. It was renewed in 2000 and 2005 also with bipartisan ...
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 ...
COMPASS Award Given to Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune
The Battering Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan presented Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune with the Ed Gondolf COMPASS Award, which "recognizes and honors ...
#FaithsAgainstDV: Close the Loopholes (May 18)
More than 500 faith leaders and organizations have signed a letter asking Congress to close the loopholes that allow abusers to own guns, endangering the lives ...
Book Club: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Rape Culture: The 2016 Presidential Campaign
This is what Rape Culture looks like—Donald Trump’s “locker room” chat that was recorded and is now before us. I am not as offended by the lewdness of his ...
Living in Parched Places
I live in a parched place. In east Tennessee, it has only rained 3 times in the last 4 months. This relentless heat and drought are palpable every day. So also ...
Hope in a Time of Darkness
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you ...
Letter to a Helper
by Bettie Williams-Watson
WEBINAR: Sexual Assault in the Military: The Role of the Chaplain
Join us 6/20/13 - Recent news coverage of high profile cases of military sexual assault have highlighted both the dysfunction of reporting mechanisms within ...
Beyond Belief
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and has been observed each year since as a day to recognize women’s achievements as well as to lift up ...
You or Someone You Know . . .
The latest study on sexual assault was released in December and for some suggested a new awareness of how widespread sexual violence against women really is. ...
FaithTrust Institute at Nat'l Sexual Assault Conference
FaithTrust Institute will be presenting on a panel at upcoming 2013 National Sexual Assault Conference hosted by the California Coalition Against Sexual ...
I Am Not Worried
Ramadan began on July 8. It is a month of fasting, prayer and study of the Quran with an emphasis on self-sacrifice for Muslims around the world. Malala ...
Standing Our Ground for Justice
The tragedy of the killing of Trayvon Martin could have been averted if George Zimmerman had walked away after alerting the police to someone he thought was ...
“Marriage Is Sacred”
A few years back there was a news article in California about the prosecution of a husband for marital rape of his wife. The wife had locked herself in the ...