May 8, 2012
Regarding the recent Senate renewal of the Violence Against Women Act ("Showdowns loom on Capitol Hill," April 26), it's important to remember the tragic life and death of Yeardley Love, who was left battered, bruised and bleeding alone in her room by an abusive ex-boyfriend. I went to the same high school as Yeardley. Notre Dame Preparatory School. We wore the same uniform, walked the same halls, wore the same ring and experienced everything else NDP had to offer. Although I didn't know her personally, I still feel connected to her. What happened to her could easily have happened to me or any other NDP girl.
March 27, 2012
The Towson University Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Committee will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a men's march to raise awareness about rape, sexual assault and gender violence, April 20, at 11:30 a.m. The event marks April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and invites men to walk a mile on the campus in a pair of women's shoes. Participating in the Towson walk will be several individuals from the athletics department, including Director of Athletics Mike Waddell, players from the football, men's soccer and men's golf teams and coaches from the football team, men's and women's soccer, volleyball and women's track and field.
May 5, 2011
The audience peers in at the world of "Ruined" as if through the chinks of a boarded-up window. Our eyes adjust gradually to the light inside Mama Nadi's brothel in the Belgian Congo. We notice that though the paint is chipped and worn, the furniture still contains traces of once-vibrant reds and peacock blues. (Alexander V. Nichols designed the evocative set.) We notice that a prostitute so brutalized by soldiers that she walks with a limp still dresses in breezy chintzes that drape sinuously over her lovely limbs.
October 4, 2010
According to the Department of Justice, every year about 1.3 million women in the United States are assaulted by an intimate partner, 1 in every 6 women are victims of rape, and there is an incidence of abuse against women in nearly 80 percent of intimate partner homicides. This pattern of violence against women is on exhibition in our psychiatric hospitals where over 80 percent of the residents have experienced sexual or physical abuse. Victims of abuse must receive treatment that focuses on trauma and recovery.
September 27, 2010
I never met my grandmother. She was burned alive with kerosene doused on her sari and lit on fire. Some think it was suicide. Others say it was a dowry murder, given her mother in-law's displeasure with the dowry. I cannot imagine her shock, grief and pain in the moments before she died. It makes me sick to even think about it. Regrettably, her story is not uncommon. Millions of women all over the world suffer acid attacks, rape, forced marriage and other horrendous forms of violence.
July 8, 2010
The Sun investigation into police "unfounding" of rape cases in the city has brought an important issue to the forefront. As a pediatrician, I became aware of this practice two years ago when I received a call from the mother of a 14-year-old patient who wanted to bring her daughter to see me for a pregnancy test. Two weeks earlier, her daughter had been taken to an emergency department after she reported being forced to have intercourse by another teenager. When the police arrived after being called by physicians, the patient was questioned and told that her case was not rape because she did not fight back enough.