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Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through the Lens of Intersectionality

August 7th, 2018 by Raisa Shah, Legal Programs Intern
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When I first looked at the Futures Without Violence website, I was fascinated by all the different areas in which this organization was involved. Often, the broad concept of gender-based violence (GBV) is reduced to just a few things that make media headlines, while many other aspects of this issue are overlooked. My internship at FUTURES in Washington, DC this summer has not only taught me to combat this oversimplification of what constitutes GBV, but further delve into the many insidious ways in which it can take form. As someone who identifies as a Bengali, Asian American, Muslim, first generation, low income, immigrant, woman of color; intersectionality has always naturally been a key component of my vision of the world. Through this internship experience, I learned the importance of looking at GBV through an intersectional lens that recognizes the diversity within this massive category of violence.
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Time for Solutions

May 15th, 2018 by Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, Program Manager, Economic Justice and Workforce Initiatives
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In the months following the resurgence of #MeToo, and the long overdue attention to the epidemic of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace, many advocates like myself have wondered, what’s next? With the resounding cry from women workers everywhere continuing to echo in our collective conscience, how can we use this moment to build a movement to create workplaces that are free from violence so that no woman has to make the impossible choice to suffer harassment and abuse or support her family?…

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I Asked My Dad What It Was Like to Be the Father of a Rape Survivor

April 26th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the fourth in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

I recently called my dad and asked him 20 questions. The questions all centered around how he dealt with being the father of a 15-year-old girl who was physically, mentally, and sexually abused for 11 months.

I’ve always been curious about how he went through it all. Even though he wasn’t the direct victim of my abuser, he and my whole family endured trauma, like when my abuser began to break into my house and threaten the safety of my entire family.…

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An Open Letter to My Abusive Ex-Boyfriend

April 18th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the third in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Dear Abusive Ex-Boyfriend,

I haven’t seen you since the day you and I showed up to court. You sat at the defendant’s table, with your lawyer next to you. The district attorney sat alone at the adjacent table, and all three of you stared at the old white judge who decided your fate. Your parents sat at the back of the small room, their backs against the walls, their eyes fixed on me.

Then I testified, sitting not even five feet away from you. You wouldn’t look at me. Your lawyer wouldn’t stop asking me questions that had nothing to do with anything. My hands wouldn’t stop shaking.…

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I’m a Survivor of Abuse and This is What Dating is Like Now

April 13th, 2018 by Leah Zeiger, Guest Contributor
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This is the second in a guest post series for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, highlighting the intersection between sexual assault and teen dating violence. For resources on teen dating violence, visit ThatsNotCool.com.

 

Navigating the world of dating is one of the trickiest things anyone can attempt, especially if you’re a survivor of abuse.

It’s been almost three years since I broke up with my abusive ex-boyfriend. Since then, I was in a very restorative relationship that lasted two years. Sadly, that had to come to an end, and for the past year now I have been trying to figure out how to get myself to care about someone enough for them to care about me.…

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