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Argentina is Poised to Make Catcalling a Crime

New legislation could make harassing women on the street a punishable offense by law.

Two months ago, 20-year-old Aixa Rizzo posted a video on YouTube. In the piece, Rizzo discusses her experiences of being catcalled and followed by a group of male electricians, and goes on to forcefully argue that harassment can lead to abuse. Rizzo’s story went viral, and now Argentina (both because of the video, and the work of many other organizers) is now considering making catcalling a crime.

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As part of the “No More” campaign, the NFL will air this ad will air as a PSA during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015. This is the first-ever Super Bowl ad to address domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Stepping Inside a World of Private Violence

A new documentary probes domestic violence in America via the gut-wrenching story of one survivor seeking justice.

“Why didn’t she just leave?” Instead of just answering the question often asked of domestic violence victims, Lilly Hartley hopes to eradicate that line of thinking all together. On Monday, HBO will premiere the powerful documentary Private Violence, executive produced by Hartley and feminist activist Gloria Steinem. Debuting during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the film explores the societal and legal nuances that prevent many victims from making the seemingly easy choice of walking away from abuse. The viewers follow an impassioned advocate and recent survivor as they support one another and try to bring an abuser to justice while grappling with our society’s insidious tendency to blame the victim.

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Want To Prevent Abuse And Sexual Assault? Create An App For That

Rather than blaming the victim, the government is creating an app against sexual abuse.


Feminists have been using technology to combat sexual abuse, domestic violence, and harassment for quite some time, and now the government is jumping on the bandwagon. The Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are collaborating with Vice President Joe Biden's office to create an app to make it easier to connect with "trusted friends in real time to prevent abuse or violence from occurring." From the website:

While the application will serve a social function of helping people stay in touch with their friends, it will also allow friends to keep track of each other’s whereabouts and check in frequently to avoid being isolated in vulnerable circumstances.

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