Wednesday, August 27, 2008

'Hope' for abused women in Dubai - 10 11 07

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

UNIFEM commercial

Monday, August 25, 2008

OSU and Surrounding Area Resources

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Survivor Services

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)

Hotline: 541-754-0110
Office: 541-758-0219
Toll Free: 1-800-927-0197

Corvallis Police Department
Emergency Only 911
Information 541-757-5924
Ombudperson 541-757-6772

OSU Security Services 541-737-3010

Sexual Assault Help Line: SASS (Sexual Assault Support Services) 541-737-7604 (8-5 M-F)
Report a sexual assault (anonymous or not):

OSU Saferide 541-737-5000

University Police
Emergency Only 541-737-7000
Information 541-737-3010

Women's Center 541-737-3186

Shelter Providers

Community Outreach, Inc. 541-758-3000
Community Services Consortium 541-752-1010
CARDV (see above)

Healthcare Providers

Benton County Health Department 541-757-6835

Good Samaritan Hospital
Emergency Department 541-757-5021
Non-emergency/information 541-757-5111

Student Health Services

Information (M-F, 8-5) 541-757-2721
Information (after hours & weekends) 541-737-2724
Gynecology and Sexual Health 541-737-3769
TDD (hearing impaired) 541-737-4549

Women's Health and Abortion Services
All Women's Health Services 1-800-995-2286
Memorial Women's Medical Center, Inc. 1-800-883-8116
Planned Parenthood (Portland) 503-775-0861
National Abortion Rights Action League-NARAL (Portland) 503-294-9097

Counseling Services

Benton County Mental Health (crisis line) 541-757-2299
University Counseling and Psychological Services
Administration Building 541-737-2131
Health Center 541-737-2952
Pastoral Health Center 541-753-9217

Student Groups

Carrie Guise: Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Coordinator 541-737-7880

Male Advocates for Responsible Sexuality (M.A.R.S.)

Program Coordinator-Jacqueline Cupples 541-766-6629

Friday, August 22, 2008

Jackson Katz: Wrestling With Manhood

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sara's Weekly Violence Against Women Reader

Theresa Braine has a great piece in Women's E-News about the feminization of HIV and the link between violence and rising rates of HIV in women.

Women for Women International, has a Run for Congo Women, started by a woman in Portland, coming up on September 14th.

Malika Saada Saar has an eye-opening piece in the Center for American progress about the link between sexual violence and teen pregnancy. Here is a preview: "Teen pregnancy isn’t simply about girls and boys being promiscuous, or lacking access to sex education or contraception. Too often teen pregnancy is about girls losing agency over their bodies because of the unbearable injuries of being sexually violated."

Wrangler decided to "spice up" their advertising with a little sexualization of violence against women (trigger warning). What's sad is that there has been success with other companies using this kind of disturbing advertising in the past.

N. Bruce Duthu has a piece in the New York Times about the rape epidemic in American indigenous communities. Rape in these communities is 2x higher than the national average and is predominately interracial whereas other rapes are almost exclusively intraracial.

T.H. Lindsey on RH Reality Check blogs about Jackson Katz's Men Against Violence program.

Five Pakistani women were buried alive because they decided to go against their tribe elders and marry who they wanted. Cath Elliott has more.

Rape in the Military has become an epidemic. Even with increased media attention and supposed efforts made by the Military, things only seem to be getting worse.

Rape-apologist journalists certainly know how promote the victim-blaming philosophy that continues to re-victimize survivors.

Rape survivors can get reparations in the UK
, but there are still kinks to be worked out. A recent case cut a woman's pay by 25% because she was drinking. Luckily, she fought it and got her full pay, however, thus far 14 women have had their reparations cut.

With the recent brutal murder of Angie Zapata, a transwoman, Lisa @ Questioning Transphobia blogs about the impact of sexism, transphobia, and issues of masculinity in her murder as well as the silence of the media.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

I showed this movie at the Women's Center last year! It was an incredibly disturbing movie...the way they interviewed rapists as well as survivors was unlike anything I have seen before. It also showed how widespread and normalized rape is despite the detrimental physical and mental health of the women in Congo. Rape is used as a weapon of war to keep women powerless, compliant, and in a constant state of fear. It is a powerful movie that I would recommend to anyone.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

About Us

This is the class website for Dr. Watkins WS270: Violence Against Women class at Oregon State University. Students will be blogging some of their assignments and utilizing the great aspects of the internet to maximize learning and help to educate others who run across this webpage. Look for posts about the role of sexism, gender roles and expectations and other forms of oppression like racism, classism, and heterosexism on domestic violence and sexual assault. For more information, check out our resource sections of links to other blogs, organizations, youtube videos, and books relating to the subject.

This website was created and run by the class TA, Sara Gwin, so if you have any questions, you can email her at:

Comment policy:
We see this website as a platform for fostering discussion between classmates as well as with feminist allies and others in the internet community. However, we ask that the discussion remains respectful and stays focused on critiquing/expanding upon the ideas brought up and not personal attacks of the author(s). Because this is not a personal blog but a class requirement, comments will be moderated before being published so that students have time to learn and deal with handling anti-feminists. Keep things civil and we'll be glad to talk with you!