Sexual violence

Child Brides

By Amy

There was a very recent article on Yahoo about child brides and the first legal annulment that took place in India for an 18-year old female, Laxmi Sargara. She was wedded to her potential groom when she was one because her parents relied on financial support from the groom’s family. For her to receive […]

Teen Dating Violence on NYC Subway

By Zeeva

On a beautiful Tuesday evening, I boarded the Uptown 4 train towards 14th St.- Union Square. While at the Brooklyn Bridge station on the 4 line, three girls and two boys boarded the train car. They were of African-American descent (approx. 40% of black women report coercive contact of a sexual nature by age […]

Do famous people break the law and get away with it?

By Omar

Do you all remember when Rihanna and Chris brown had a fight in 2009 that landed Chris in jail? Well, Rihanna had a restraining order against him and he was to have no contact with the singer, but recently the two collaborated on two new songs called “Birthday Cake” and “Turn Up the Music”. […]

Are Human Rights Negotiable?

By Amy

Culture is not an excuse for human rights violations. Practices like female genital mutilation (FGM), where young females’ clitorises are removed or vagina sealed, are practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries. Advocates for these practices claim that FGM is a cultural and religious practice that has been performed for so many years and has become a tradition. These cultures and religions value premarital virginity and consider FGM part of proper female upbringing. The question now is, do people who are not part of the cultures have a right to interfere with traditional practices? […]


By Anonymous

[Note: Trigger warning for sexual violence]

Taken advantage at age 11.
She was like a porcelain doll, safe in a shelter for 10 years.
Until one day a boy decided to play with her and break her.
A beautiful innocent girl, who already felt lonely inside.
She thought he was gonna save her.
Didn’t know he was just gonna use her. […]

Cat Calls Suck

By Sophia

I was on the way to school this morning, minding my own business, coffee in hand, when out of a parked car came two craned necks, two guys nearly breaking their backs to get a good look of my butt.  Great.  I love feeling like a sexual object.

This isn’t unusual at all, since I deal with it almost everyday, and so do most women and girls.  It has become an awful fact of my daily life – no matter what I am wearing, I will always garner unsolicited male attention.  It is more than just a quiet humiliation – often, it is very obvious, and other people on the street may notice it.  A look or a whistle is incredibly damaging for me – all I want to do is scream in the guy’s face, but that wouldn’t do much.  This kind of behavior stems from societal values, bred-in-the-bone ideas that have been around since biblical times, which say that women are sexual objects, and should be treated as such.  How do we even begin to reverse this kind of behavior?


Don’t Touch What’s Not Yours!

By Donte

Recently, throughout Queens and Brooklyn, there has been an increasing number of groping incidents. Police announced over the weekend that the number of attacks committed by men groping females has increased. As many as 20 women have been attacked since the shocking spree of incidents began on March 8. The attacks have taken place […]

The Dangers of Wearing a Skirt

By Sophia

Recently, women in the South Park Slope and nearby parts of Brooklyn have been sexually assaulted. These crimes, which have been committed since March, remain unsolved. Police patrols have increased in that area, but the police seem to be continuing our patriarchal society’s dangerous misconceptions: the shorter the skirt, the tighter the shirt, the […]

Denim Day Video

In observance of Denim Day, a day intended to raise public awareness about rape and sexual assault,  TORCH Peer Leaders created this video to debunk common myths about sexual assault.