Category Archives: Rape

What you can do now to spread the word on danger of campus assaults

It’s time for some of our children and grandchildren to go back to school. Some are going to college, and that can be a very dangerous place for undergraduates. Studies have shown one in five college women and 5% of men have been sexually assaulted (note 1 and note 2). This problem is very real and close to home. On July 21, three N.C. State University (NSCU) students reported being sexually assaulted during a campus party. Raleigh police took this seriously and assigned a team of detectives assigned to the case, but more than 2 weeks later, there have not been any arrests (note 3). One way to protect undergraduates is by warning them and giving them guidance.

To help inform the community and help undergraduates know to protect themselves, Raleigh NOW held a screening of “The Hunting Ground” documentary at NCSU in Raleigh, cosponsored by WomenNC and NCSU’s GLBT Center. One of the main subjects of the film, UNC-CH graduate Annie Clark, led the post-film discussion. Annie Clark survived her assault, and refused to be ignored. She went on to co-found her own organization to combat campus rape, End Rape On Campus. The documentary presents the issue very well, and Annie Clark and her continuing fight to help others and improve the situation was inspiring.

Annie Clark running Q&A at screening of The Hunting Ground, on 8/8/17. Photo Credit: Catherine Evangelista

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Pro-rape New Hampshire Representative was exposed

A New Hampshire Representative was exposed as the founder of a men’s rights misogyny and pro-rape group. “Bonnie Bacarisse of The Daily Beast made a recent discovery that Republican Rep. Robert Fisher (R-NH) is in fact the founder of the “Red Pill,” a men’s rights misogyny group based on the online forums Reddit and 4chan.”

Fisher, 31 years old, is the son of a preacher. Daily Beast found him out, tracking many user names back to him. Bacarisse published the article on 4/25/17. 

“[Fisher] blasted women for theirsub-par intelligence.” He said that women’s personalities are “lackluster and boring, serving little purpose in day to day life.” And Fisheonce commented, “It is literally the [female] body that makes enduring these things worth it.” “

                Women protesting outside of hearing, Photo Credit: Inside Sources

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Diverse Group Celebrated Women’s Equality Day in Fayetteville – 8/27/16

Fayetteville NOW and Quaker House celebrated Women’s Equality Day with an afternoon event at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville. By mid program, the room was full of people, 8 local organizations were set up with information and staff, and we still had half the program to go! 60-70 people enjoyed a great afternoon Women’s Equality Day program in Fayetteville on Saturday, Aug 27, 2016.  Topics included financial equality, voting issues and its impact on women and the Equal Rights Amendment. The event commemorated the 96th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary of NOW, and NC NOW’s state president talked about how things were for women in 1966, and NOW’s history.

ERA Advocate Marena Groll. Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

The struggle for women to vote did not end with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. “When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, it legally enfranchised all women, white and black. However, within a decade, state laws and vigilante practices effectively disenfranchised most black women in the South. It would take another major movement for voting rights – the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – before black women in the South would be effectively enfranchised,” according to National Women’s History Museum.

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Documentary recommendations

Excellent documentaries to consider watching – alone or with a group.  A few local NC NOW chapters plan to show “The Vessel” as the annual Roe Event on Jan. 28, 2016.  CNN just showed “The Hunting Ground” nationally in the third week of November of last year.  Raleigh NOW screened Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture in 2012. 

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See “The Hunting Ground” for Free on TV! 11/22/15, 8pm

On Sunday, Nov 22, at 8pm, CNN will broadcast “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary on rape at universities all over the country. One of the schools “featured” is UNC-Chapel Hill.  Parents, grandparents and students need to see it!  Really, everyone should see this.  Let’s expose this problem, face it and fix it!

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See “The Hunting Ground” for free on TV on Sunday Nov 22, at 8pm!

You can read more about this problem and this film at https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/do-you-know-how-unsafe-universities-are-for-undergraduate-women/

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunting Ground:

“From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.”

This is a good film to see with others so you can talk about it afterward.  If you want to find a screening party near you, check http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/search_simple

If you want to host your own screening party, sign up at http://community.seeactstop.org/page/event/create

Or watch at home.  You can always blog about it later 😉

 

Terrible bill targeting immigrants and the poor – daily protests need our support

Almost all of us are immigrants, some of our families coming more recently than others.  Three out of four of my grandparents were not born here. I grew up on stories of family facing terrible treatment and hardship in their original and other countries and coming over on ships.  Many of the people who stayed behind were killed.  So I have a lot of sympathy and understanding for others who have come to the US for a better, safer life.

NC’s legislature passed a bill targeting immigrants and poor people and vulnerable populations.  I had read some about House Bill 318 which was made worse first by NC’s Senate and then by NC’s House and is now waiting for the Governor to sign.  Immigrant rights groups and anti-poverty groups like El Pueblo have organized daily protests across from the Governor’s mansion. 

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Crowd protesting HB318 at Govr’s Mansion – 10/22/15 Photo credit: Gailya Paliga

These protests have been going on for a few weeks already.  You should know 3 things about the protests

  1. the protesters could use more allies so please join them if you can
  2. people at the Governor’s mansion sent police officers over to intimidate the protesters 4 times on 10/21/15, and will probably send some again on Sat., 10/24/15
  3. the group could use speakers and participation from other concerned organizations. 

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Online threats and harassment of women are out of control

Online threats and harassment of women are out of control.  Countless articles have been written over the past few years on this issue.  But most people may not realize how terrible it is.  Serious threats of rape and other violence, murder, job loss for publicizing issues online are realities for women.  These are violent and gender-specific assaults.  

Soraly Chemaly wrote about what happened to one female developer in as a result of a tweet she sent out at a tech conference in “Online Threats Against Women Aren’t Trivial and Don’t Happen in a Vacuum.”

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ACTION ALERT: Senate MJIA vote on Tuesday: Contact Sen. Tillis ASAP

Please take this action to help women in the military.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D- New York) will be offering her bill – the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 – as amendment 1578 on the FY 16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. A vote on that amendment is expected on TUESDAY, June 16.  Call or email our US Senator Thom Tillis in Washington DC ASAP with the simple message:

Please vote for Sen. Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act of 2015 (MJIA). It is essentially the same as legislation from the 113th Congress, but Sen. Gillibrand has added improvements to address retaliation and obstruction of justice.  She will be offering this bill as an amendment to the defense authorization bill on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  

Read more about MJIA at http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/mjia

In NC, we can contact both of our Senators, but if you only have time for one, contact Senator Thom Tillis (per National NOW’s action alert).  

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In North Carolina, use this link to find Senator Thom Tillis and Senator Richard Burr.  https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/how-to-contact-ncs-us-senators-burr-and-tillis/

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