violence against women


New Orleans trans advocates say they have been left stunned by the death of Penny Proud, one of their city’s young, black trans residents, the latest casualty in the ongoing national trend of antitrans violence that has seen five trans women of color killed within the first five weeks of 2015.

Proud, 21, was fatally shot multiple times at 1:30 a.m. on February 10, according to local news report from NOLA that the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has linked to Proud. Few other details are currently available, but the first press release to address the situation, from New Orleans LGBT youth of color activist group BreakOUT!, condemned NOLA’s report for misgendering Proud.

In announcing her death, BreakOUT! has urged media to cover Proud’s story, as well as those of all trans victims, with respect for her preferred identity, name, and pronoun, which also accords with journalistic standards endorsed by the Associated Press and GLAAD. The youth group had already been writing a press release concerning the recent deaths of Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles; Ty Underwood, 24, in North Tyler, Texas; Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Va.; and Lamar Edwards, 20, in Lousville, Ky., when news of Proud’s murder emerged from local sources. San Francisco resident Taja DeJesus was also discovered fatally stabbed this week.

“These deaths had little to no mainstream media attention,” BreakOUT! stated. “The silence and lack of action from media on behalf of the Black transgender community sends a strong message that Black Trans Lives, in fact, do not matter.”

The NCAVP, of which BreakOUT! is a member, concurred. “2015 has begun in absolute tragedy, with the loss of four black transgender women and one Latina transgender woman,” stated Chai Jinduraswat, codirector of community organizing and public advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “We all must take immediate action by supporting the leadership of transgender women of color, public awareness and respect campaigns, speaking out against this violence, and protecting transgender people from harassment and discrimination. This is an epidemic and an outrage, and we all have to commit as a nation to ending this violence.”

A candlelight vigil for Proud will be held tonight 7 p.m. at the site of her death, on the 1100 Block of North Claiborne Ave., in the Treme district of New Orleans, according to the Transgender Law Center.

Anyone with information about Proud’s murder is asked to contact Homicide Detective Robert Barrere at 504-658-5300, or contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or


It must be possible to create an entertaining show that provides a glimpse of a more just society without doing it on the backs of abused women. I’m not suggesting that we censor movies or TV shows in any way. The creators of these forms of entertainment should be free to craft their stories as they see fit. We should not promote censorship, but that does not mean that we should reward the creators with our viewership. We don’t just vote with the ballot, but also with our time and our money. I am voting against ‘woman as victim’ entertainment by choosing not to watch, I wish more feminists would join me.

In a culture besieged with violence against women, it’s imperative to think about the shows we choose to watch

Portland sex workers and sugarbabies ALERT

got a report about an unnamed sugar daddy who likes to strangle women. this is about the third or fourth time i’ve heard a story about a sugar daddy like this in the Portland area, guessing it’s the same guy or two guys.
if you’ve interacted with him and know one of the names he goes by or one of his profiles, [at least one of them has multiple profiles which is part of why this is difficult] please send a message here or to the Portland Bad Date Line.

TW for violence against women, MMIW

Saskatoon girl educates peers about missing and murdered aboriginal women

11-year-old Valyncia Sparvier raises awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women

“While some preteens might be giving presentations about their favourite hobby or what they did on their summer vacation, Valyncia Sparvier has picked a much more serious topic.

This year, when the 11-year-old was asked what topic she’d like to cover for her Grade 6 public speaking assignment she said murdered and missing indigenous women.

"Her teachers were a little surprised,” said her mother, Brandy Maxie.

Maxie said she wasn’t surprised though. Like most aboriginal families, the issue has influenced their family as well. Maxie’s cousin Danita Bigeagle went missing almost 10 years ago in Regina. And five-year-old Tamra Keepness, who disappeared in Regina in 2004, is also from their home reserve, Whitebear First Nation.

In her presentation, Sparvier said, “In just a few short years, the risk to myself and my peers increases dramatically. I am one of the oldest of my cousins and I have a lot of beautiful cousins and I want to keep them safe.”

Sparvier has also added her voice to those calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women. Since her initial presentation, Sparvier has been asked to share her presentation at other events, and plans to continue educating both aboriginal and non-aboriginal preteens about the issue.“

See the full piece here

Estimates range between 40-80% of women convicted of murder acted in self-defense against their abusers. 

For Black women it is really, really scary. The ratio of Black women facing life imprisonment due to being convicted of murdering their abuser (in self defense, obviously) to white women facing life imprisonment for being convicted of murdering their abuser is TWO TO ONE.

Second one is downloadable as a pdf
Woman miscarries after Georgia cop who didn’t ‘appreciate her tone’ tackles and sits on her: lawsuit

Police brutality, violence

In a complaint filed in federal court, Kenya Harris explained that she went to the Albany Police Department in May 2011 to pick up her minor son after he was arrested, according to Courthouse News.

Harris said she waited five hours for her son before informing Officers Ryan Jenkins that she needed to return home to take care of her other children.

“Defendant Officer Jenkins stated that he did not appreciate the tone in which she was communicating with him, and further stated that if she continued he would take her head and ‘put it to the floor,’” the lawsuit stated.

The mother once again insisted that she needed to leave, and that’s when Jenkins decided to use force.

“Defendant Officer Jenkins, without provocation, grabbed plaintiff, who weighs less than one hundred twenty (120) pounds, by her neck and slammed her to the ground,” the lawsuit said. “Plaintiff momentarily blacked out and came to with defendant Officer Jenkins sitting on her back, and with his knee on her arm. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time.”

'Black Women’s Lives Count': Murders and Disappearances in LA

“The outrage needs to rise on this issue of the serial murders of Black women here in South Los Angeles. There’s a mini-genocide that has gone on right here in this neighborhood. It impacts each and every one of us and it’s a shame that there are up to 200 women missing and as many as 100 killed and this whole country doesn’t know about it,” exclaimed Margaret Prescod, founding member of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and member of the Global Women’s Strike.

In 1986, the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders demanded that U.S. federal authorities investigate the unsolved murders of Black women in South LA. Between September 1983-March 1986, reports concluded that 15 women had already been murdered. Over the last 25 years, the murders rose to more than 100 women and hundreds more disappeared.

All of this occurred under the knowing eye of local authorities who willfully ignored evidence that a serial killer was living in South LA and neglected to inform the community. Today, one man has been arrested but the community continues to fight for justice and demands answers from the authorities. War on Drugs and the Criminalization of Black Women The serial killer, referred to as the “Grim Sleeper” by the media, systematically targeted Black women ranging from 14 to 36 in age.

The majority were poor, lived on the streets and many worked as prostitutes to support drug addictions. Like millions across the United States, the majority of these women were swept up in the crack-cocaine epidemic that overwhelmingly devastated Black communities building the basis for the US war against Black people.

In her book “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander details how the US War on Drugs directly correlates to the re-enslavement and mass incarceration of Black people which she reframes as The New Jim Crow. The 1980s consolidated the foundation for a war against Black communities manufacturing and disproportionately inundating Black communities with crack-cocaine across the country. …

Read on at:-

Years ago I stayed for a few days at the house of a friend who runs a battered-women’s shelter. One of the remarkable things about this woman is that whenever she meets a new man, whether he drives her taxi, sits next to her on a subway, or crashes in her spare room, she asks him what it will take for men to stop beating on women.
She has her own theory. She believes that violence against women will stop - and presumably the same violence against blacks, Jews, children, homosexuals, or other targeted classes - only when other men refuse to socially reward those who are violent. “Women can’t do it by ourselves. If a man hits his girlfriend, the man’s friends need to stop playing basketball with him, and they need to tell him why. They need to confront him about it, and they need to socially isolate the men who have shown themselves incapable of mature relationships. And they need to do it every time. The bottom line is that members of the class of people who are doing the violence - in this case, men - need to take responsibility for the violence done by their class, and they need to work to stop it. Until that happens, not very much will change.”
—  The Culture of Make Believe by Derrick Jensen (2002)
Abolition of sex work won’t end violence against native women - The Globe and Mail

“Indigenous women’s lives are shaped through systemic racism, sexism and poverty. Colonialism has portrayed us as people against whom violence is normalized – expected, even. And in order for the onslaught of violence against us to end, these root conditions must be addressed.

Sex work abolitionists often see poverty or homelessness as factors that “push” women into prostitution, where prostitution is seen as a form of human trafficking. Their solution to these issues, however, is not to increase social supports to help end poverty or to increase access to affordable and safe housing to help end homelessness. No, the alleged solution is to push women in prostitution further to the periphery by isolating and alienating them from safety through the criminalization of their lives.

And anti-sex work advocates often equate these root factors with indigenous women’s inherent victimization. Native women are not afforded the same level of agency as everyone else; they are merely passive bodies waiting to be violated. This only furthers the marginalization of indigenous women and normalizes the violence in indigenous sex workers’ lives.”

Watch how little boys react when they were asked to slap a girl

This violence against women infomercial asked 7 - 11 year old boys to slap a girl. Their reactions are brilliant and cute. One boy even said “As the saying goes, girls shouldn’t be hit, not even with a flower.”

What a gentleman, or should we say gentlekids, don’t ever change boys! You can watch the video over here or watch this equally cute video of a kid crying over his younger brother when he found out he’ll grow old and won’t remain little.


It was a very sad Valentine’s Day in Turkey.

Özgecan Aslan  was a 20 year-old college student who was brutally murdered Her burned body was found on February 13th, 2015. Both of her hands were severed. She was going back home from school in a minibus when the driver Suphi Altındöken attempted to rape Özgecan. She fought back, scratching her attacker’s face and spraying her pepper spray. He then drew his  knife and stabbed her many times then when he realized she was still alive he started hitting her with an iron pipe, killing her. He then took her body to his father and a friend who helped him burn it and they tossed her remains to the woods. 

This piece was inspired by Ozgecan. I wanted to paint her hugging her mother as if this tragedy had never happened and that she made it back home safely as she should have. 

These guys are monsters and I hope they get what they deserve.


Dr. Deborah Azrael explains what decades of research can tell us about guns, women and myths of self-defense

Women in the United States are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries. The presence of a firearm during a domestic violence incident increases the likelihood of a homicide by 500 percent. Guns are also regularly used in non-fatal incidents of domestic violence, with researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health concluding in a study from 2000 that “hostile gun displays against family members may be more common than gun use in self-defense, and that hostile gun displays are often acts of domestic violence directed against women.”

And yet the myth that guns make women safer persists.