The Chaos at Woodstock ‘99 Shows How Societies Normalize Violence Against Women

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault, violence against women, sexual exploitation, and includes imagery of rape. If I could describe the docuseries “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99” in one word, it would be “chaotic.” The series did an outstanding job outlining salient elements bringing the three-day festival to its absolute worst. The terrible planning, execution, infrastructure,…

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How Spiritual Abuse Was Used to Silence Rape Allegations at Britain’s Biggest Mosque

Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault and religious and spiritual abuse. The Ahmadiya sect behind Britain’s biggest and most influential mosque has been hit with rape allegations involving its members. There are claims that the mosque’s “spiritual leader,” Mirza Masroor Ahmad, told the alleged victim that she shouldn’t take her allegations to the police…

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What I Learned About My Relationship With Faith After I Was Sexually Assaulted

Content warning: Sexual assault, rape. Disclaimer: This article is in no way meant to substitute for medical or mental health advice from a trained and educated mental health professional. Muslim Girl encourages those who need help to seek it, and encourages the use of resources such as therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and trained mental…


Here’s Why Rape Culture Is a Problem in Egypt

Content warning: This post discusses violence against women, to include rape culture, sexual assault, rape, and street harassment. Women across social media have been coming forward about their sexual assault cases and exposing their harassers, and Egyptian women decided to finally speak out as well. This year has been full of surprises and unexpected events….


Does Anyone Believe What Your First Cousin Did?

Trigger warning:  This article contains subject matter pertaining to childhood sexual abuse and rape. Anyone’s first, second, even third cousins are considered potential suitors if you were raised in some Middle Eastern households. This does not particularly fall under “Islamic” practices only. Other religions, cultures, and upbringings practice this notion too. One must wonder why…


[POEM] A Prayer From a Father for Asifa Bano

Editor’s note: We are a few months short of the anniversary of the horrific gang-rape and murder of Asifa Bano, an innocent child whose only crime was being a Muslim in a Hindu-dominated region of Indian-Administered Kashmir. May we never forget those innocents who pay the ultimate price for their religious convictions. Rest in Peace,…


What Does a Survivor of Sexual Assault Look Like?

*Trigger Warning:  Rape/sexual assault* At a time when #WhyIDidntReport is trending all over social media, more celebrities are coming forward with the hardest moments of their lives…and even more women of color. Somehow, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford morphed into that 16 year-old girl, scared to death in front of us. She was trembling, holding onto…


How to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

Statement courtesy of the PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA:                                   NEW YORK, NY— The public discourse around the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has included troubling, harmful rhetoric and misinformation about sexual assault and survivors…


A White Woman Accused Two Black Men of Rape for Sympathy

Within the week of the anniversary of Emmett Till’s death, Nikki Yovino, a white woman, sat in a Long Island courtroom rolling her eyes after admitting to falsely accusing two Black football players of rape. In an institution built by and for white people, there are few things more powerful than a white woman’s tears….


An “Islamic” Scholar Wrongly Says Rape Is Permissible

Trigger Warning: Stories of kidnapping and sexual assault My Islam isn’t ISIS’ Islam, and I’m pretty sure yours isn’t, either. A 2016 video is recirculating of an “Islamic” scholar who recklessly claimed that rape with non-Muslims is Islamically appropriate, and it continues to shake the Islamic community who has quickly acted to denounce it. Despite…


This “Smart Necklace” Protects Women From Rape

Could a push of a button prevent instances of sexual violence? This is the question Athena, a personal alarm system, hopes to answer. Created by a non-profit ROAR for Good, Athena is a fashion-forward, cute, coin-sized clasp that can be clipped on to your jewelry and clothing. With a push of a button, Athena sends…


“No” Wasn’t an Option

TW: Physical abuse, sexual assault. I remember the first time I met him. I was so impressed with his confidence, his talent, his tiny fancy sports car. He walked around like he just didn’t care about anything, but was extremely shy and reserved. Our first dates were amazing. I remember feeling butterflies in my stomach…


Read This Before You Share That Hijabi Sexual Harassment Video

Many of us are aware of the viral and currently circulating video, 10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman by Hollaback, an organization that wishes to eradicate street harassment, intimidation, and catcalling of woman around the globe. The video featured a young woman walking around Manhattan for 10 hours all the while being harassed…


Do Women Need 4 Witnesses to Prove Rape?

Trigger Warning: Rape. Q: Does Islam require a victim to provide four witnesses before it can be proven that she was raped? This is, unfortunately, a very common and very serious misconception amongst many Muslims — not only the average Muslim, but Muslims who would call themselves scholars of Islam. The very short answer to…