Reminder: Clinic Escort Training this Saturday!

Becoming a clinic escort at a women’s health clinic is a great way to get directly involved in protecting reproductive rights in your own neighborhood.

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. to learn the skills necessary to become a clinic escort with WACDTF, an organization dedicated to protecting access to women’s health clinic across the region.

The training will take place in ICC 208A. You can RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing us at gtownoutrage@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Home HIV Test Debuts in DC

The 20-minute home HIV test approved by the FDA in July is available today at major retailers across the United States, including the Connecticut Avenue CVS in D.C.

The OraQuick Home HIV Test detects the presence of HIV antibodies using a mouth swab and returns a result in 20 to 40 minutes. Users can administer the test and view the results in the privacy of their own homes.

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Reminder: OUTRAGE General Meeting

Get read to kick off a great year of radical feminist and LGBT+ activism at our General Meeting (link)! Assemble at 4:00 p.m. today at the clock tower in front of the Leavey Center. Refreshments will be served.

You can RSVP to our Facebook event here. And, while you’re at it, like us and follow @gtownoutrage on Twitter! If you have any questions or need to come late to the meeting, just shoot us a quick e-mail at gtownoutrage@gmail.com.

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Clinic Escorts: Defenders of Choice

On September 15, the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF) will host a training for a new batch of prospective clinic escorts.

Every week, dozens of clinic escorts throughout the D.C. metropolitan area are securing a woman’s right to choose a safe, legal abortion against the intimidation of anti-abortion protestors.

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Join us for our OUTRAGEous General Meeting!

Come learn about OUTRAGE, a coalition of feminists organizing, uniting and training for radical activism and gender equality at our General Meeting (link)!

We’re meeting at a board member’s home on campus. Assemble at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 at the clock tower in front of the Leavey Center. Refreshments will be served.

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The State of the District: HIV & STD’s

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Talking about condoms and sex all the time may seem a little silly, but it’s serious business. Using a condom is the best way to prevent a sexually transmitted infection or disease (STI/STD), including HIV, all of which are extremely prevalent in the District of Columbia.

The World Health Organization defines generalized HIV epidemics as those in which more than one percent of the population has the virus. As of December 31, 2010, 14,465 District of Columbia residents, or 2.7 percent of the population over age 13, were infected with HIV according to a D.C. government annual report [PDF] from 2011. That’s higher than in many poor developing nations like Haiti and Burundi.

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New Provisions for Students under VAWA

[Content Note: Rape Culture, Violence]

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 was a landmark that put $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic restitution on those convicted, and allowed federal civil redress (later overturned) in cases prosecutors chose not to pursue.

Both the House and Senate versions of the 2011 reuathorization include provisions expanding protections for college women, as many as 25 percent of whom will experience sexual assault.

Congress, through the Jeanne Clery Act, already requires campuses to publish regular crime logs and public safety alerts. The new provisions would increase funding and training for campus police to combat sexual violence (and maybe stop blaming the victim); set certain standards for university disciplinary hearings; and require universities to provide sexual assault and bystander training as well as compile annual reports of incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The measure is not without its detractors, however. Wendy Kaminer criticizes the bill’s strict definition of consent and low standard of proof (i.e. “a preponderance of evidence”).

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