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Part II Sex Trafficking in America: A Survivor’s Story

I was 14 years old when I was forced into prostitution. Like many teens at that age, finding my own identity and defying my parents were top on my list. Consequently, when a man came into my life and showered me with attention and listened to me when I complained about my parents, I did […]

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Pimped Out: Child Prostitution in America

When most Americans hear the words “sex trafficking,” we think oversees.  We have all heard of sex trafficking issues in countries like Thailand, Africa, and Eastern Europe, and our hearts go out to those people. When we hear stories about American children being trafficked right here in United States, we are incredulous.  No one believes […]

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The Plan to Eventually Love My Body

I don’t know how they do it.  Women who shout from the rooftops how much they love themselves and their bodies – celebrating their awesome “shero” female power!  I think they are either the most enlightened and strong and amazing women EVER, or else they are practicing positive affirmation – telling themselves something in the […]

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“Hannah Rose”: A Survivor’s Story

I have chosen today to rise above the shame of my own experience with domestic violence and speak out, as a survivor. I have given talks, raised money and been asked a thousand times, “Michelle, why domestic violence?” I have never answered with anything but a simple, “because there is a need.” I am not […]

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Three in Four of Us

Three years ago my dear friend Jana Mackey was murdered by her ex-boyfriend that she’d broke up with a few weeks previous. She had said that he was beginning to seem controlling. She was just finishing her first year in law school and was accepted to an internship program in which first-years never get accepted. […]

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SlutWalk NYC: What Are the Rules of Rape Prevention?

Sexual criminals are being regarded simply as men who can’t control themselves instead of sick human beings. Sexual predators are looking for females. Women are predisposed to be victims of sexual assault no matter what we wear. Case in point: recently, I was hollered at by two men in two separate cars within a six-second […]

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A Feminist Goes to a Vampire Party

The invitation was a standard Facebook one. It read: “True Blood’s Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Alcide, Jason, Jessica, Pam; The Vampire Chronicles’ Lestat, Louis, or Claudia; Twilight’s Bella, Edward, Jacob or Reneesme (worst name ever); Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Spike, Xander, Willow, Giles, or (duh?) Buffy; even Bunnicula’s Bunnicula! What do they have in common? […]

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Protecting Ourselves Against the Wrong Rapists

As Editor of Fem2.0, part of my job entails keeping up with news, campaigns, and events related to women’s rights.  Because we tackle such a broad range of issues, I have Google Alerts set to a rather random smattering of keywords that do or may affect women.  One of these is “sexual assault.”  While a […]

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Safety in Numbers: The Reality of Date Rape Drugs

Last week, I did something that I do often: I went to see a DJ perform. I go to concerts several times a month, sometimes with groups and sometimes only with my boyfriend, but always with someone. The music was loud, the energy was high and I was ready for a good night. We had […]

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A Message to Women From a Man: You are Not “Crazy”

You’re so sensitive. You’re so emotional. You’re defensive. You’re overreacting. Calm down. Relax. Stop freaking out! You’re crazy! I was just joking, don’t you have a sense of humor? You’re so dramatic. Just get over it already! Sound familiar? If you’re a woman, it probably does. Do you ever hear any of these comments from […]

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