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Bill O’Reilly’s Locker Room

April 20th, 2017 by Andy Spivack, Futures Without Violence
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We all know that “locker room talk” is not only confined to the sports world or private male spaces.

Take, for instance, that a number of women who have come forward outlining a consistent pattern of sexual harassment made by the ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. It seems far-fetched that O’Reilly limited his harassing behavior only to the situations brought to light by these women.

What’s more likely is that O’Reilly has had a lifetime of “locker room talk” with other men ‒ where his behavior went unchallenged or even condoned through the silence of male bystanders.…

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What “Big Little Lies” Got Right About Domestic Violence

April 10th, 2017 by By Esta Soler, FUTURES’ Founder and President
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I was impressed, and maybe a little surprised, to see that HBO’s breakout mini-series “Big Little Lies” offered big truths when it comes to domestic violence.

The show portrayed a disturbingly violent marriage between a wealthy, privileged couple – Celeste and Perry – played by Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård.…

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#KeepMeSafe

April 3rd, 2017 by Rachael Smith Fals, FUTURES' Senior Vice President
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“This will always be the story of my freshman year, the year you chose not to keep me safe, the year you chose him over me.”  –High school freshman Tori Burns

Tori Burns should have been enjoying her freshman year at Berkeley High School – but instead she was standing before a crowd of people addressing the School Board members in Berkeley, California.…

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Advice from a Survivor: Asking for Help

March 28th, 2017 by By April, Survivor and Futures Without Violence Supporter
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Help is something that’s hard to ask for. It’s not easy in any way. There is so much fear in asking for help.

I am a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. I am successful and have a wonderful family. But my story is quite traumatic. Sometimes I feel that it is too much to even believe. I have overcome so much hurt.…

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Violence Against Women and “Honor Killings” Are Used as Justification in Executive Order

March 23rd, 2017 by Leila Milani, FUTURES Senior International Policy Advocate
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President Trump’s most recent executive order on immigration bans immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and reinstates a temporary hold on entry of all refugees for 120 days.

The executive order makes violence against women the focus of data collection and links it as a justification for the travel ban and temporary halting of the refugee settlement program.  Specifically, the order calls for the Secretary of Homeland Security to collect information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called “honor killings,” in the United States by foreign nationals.                                    

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