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,…

Protesters rally before a hearing where Christine Blasey Ford will testify about an accusation that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts - RC1DD912B000

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….


I Was Sexually Assaulted and Enough Is Enough

Author’s note: This tale is not meant to act as a how-to for dealing with sexual assault. It is simply an acknowledgement of  my suffering and how I turned to faith and professional health to overcome my trauma. To my sisters who have been the victims of sexual assault and are still floundering and struggling…


‘The Letters’: Talking About Sexual Abuse

Trigger warning:   This article contains references to sexual abuse and rape. Sexual abuse continues to plague Arab and Muslim American communities, as it does all communities, because like any form of abuse, it doesn’t discriminate. Cultural traditions that emphasize collectivism, where the institution of the family takes precedence over the individual, have been reproduced…


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…

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The Real Extent of Sexual Crimes Against Women and What We Can Do to Help

**Trigger Warning:  Sexual assault** What’s going on these days with Brett Kavanaugh having been confirmed to the Supreme Court is horrifying, and it’s a perfect testament to how relevant the topic of this article is in today’s society. Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford – one of Kavanaugh’s now three accusers – gave a heart-wrenching account of what…


How Women Can Help Men Who Have Suffered #MeToo Moments

There was a movie that was released a few years ago called Spotlight, which covers the investigative journalism that went into uncovering the scope of molestation within the Catholic Church worldwide. One of the points that was brought up when hearing out the victims of this international crisis was that boys were usually more often…

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty: Should We Proceed With Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination?

On September 28, 2018, your regularly scheduled programming was interrupted by coverage of the world’s most talked about ‘second-look’ interview. This was, of course, the hearing held by the United States Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Many were originally skeptical of the pick, citing distrust in the President’s previous choices when…


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…


The #MeToo Moments Continue at Canada’s Parliament Hill

After accusations of assault were made against members of the Canadian government, like Jamie Baillie and Patrick Brown, with resignations following, the issue of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s alleged misconduct 18 years ago has resurfaced in the media. At the Kokanee Summit Festival in August 2000, the then 28-year-old Trudeau was accused of groping a female…