Sexual violence

Child Brides

2019-06-19T16:46:55-05:00May 3rd, 2012|Sex, Sexual violence, Teen pregnancy, TORCH, Women's rights|

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 [...]

Teen Dating Violence on NYC Subway

2019-06-19T16:46:56-05:00February 28th, 2012|Sexual violence, TORCH|

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 [...]

Are Human Rights Negotiable?

2019-06-19T16:46:56-05:00February 23rd, 2012|Reproductive rights, Sexual violence, TORCH, Women's rights|

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 [...]

Pain

2019-06-19T16:46:56-05:00February 22nd, 2012|Poetry, Sexual violence, TORCH|

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 [...]

Don’t Touch What’s Not Yours!

2019-06-19T16:46:59-05:00October 18th, 2011|Sexual violence, TORCH|

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 [...]

The Dangers of Wearing a Skirt

2011-10-03T15:11:06-05:00October 3rd, 2011|Sexual violence, TORCH|

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, [...]

Denim Day Video

2019-06-19T16:47:00-05:00August 31st, 2011|Sexual violence, TORCH|

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNBHwVIZ3VQ&feature=player_embedded