On March 24, 2021, many Minnesotans were shocked to learn that state law does not punish the sexual violation of a victim who became intoxicated by drinking voluntarily. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in State v. Khalil, determined that the criminal-sexual-conduct statute applies only if the intoxicant was administered without the victim’s agreement. They overturned Mr. Khalil’s conviction and started a firestorm among members of the public and the … Continue reading Sexual Assault Bill Moves Through Minnesota Senate: Needs Your Support
The recent shootings in Atlanta reveal what happens when racism and misogyny converge in tragedy. We often see only one issue (racism) while ignoring the other (misogyny). Yet the murder of women because they are women, known as femicides, is rampant. Every hour, six women are murdered by a man somewhere in the world. In the United States, an estimated 1,840 women were murdered by men and boys in 2018. And in Georgia, 74 women were killed by men during that same year. Despite the sky-high numbers, we don’t read … Continue reading Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta shootings: Must It Be An Either/Or?
“Turkey’s sudden and unwarranted withdrawal” from the Istanbul Convention said U.S. President Joe Biden “is deeply disappointing” and “ is a disheartening step backward for the international movement to end violence against women globally.” In the early hours of Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a surprise decree withdrawing Turkey from the European treaty … Continue reading Outrage as Turkish President Erdoğan Withdraws from the Istanbul Convention
16 Days of Activism - November 25 through Human Rights Day, December 10 This October, a wave of protests and rallies spread across Bangladesh following several high-profile sexual assaults. In response, Bangladesh amended the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act to allow the death penalty for rape. This response from the government does not protect women victims of sexual assault, but rather deters them … Continue reading Establishing the Death Penalty for Rape in Bangladesh Does Little to Protect Victims of Violence Against Women
What's New? The following article provides updates to our previous blog published March 26, 2020. On April 30, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-48, which extended the Stay Home Order until May 18. The order is intended to continue to slow the spread of the virus, while allowing some people to return to work. … Continue reading Updates – Supporting Victim/Survivors of Domestic Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sydney Goggins, University of Minnesota Law Student and WATCH volunteer Going into a courtroom for the first time compared to re-entering a courtroom after a semester of law school are wildly different experiences. My first time in the courtroom was with WATCH, a court monitoring and judicial policy initiative of The Advocates For Human Rights, … Continue reading A Volunteer Reflects