Holly Kearl

Holly Kearl formerly managed the Legal Advocacy Fund and the Campus Action Project grant at AAUW. She co-authored the AAUW research report Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (2011). She is also a leading expert on gender-based street harassment, founder of the 501(c)(3) organization Stop Street Harassment, and author of a book on the topic. Her work has been cited by the United Nations, CNN,USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, NPR, and more. Follow @hkearl on Twitter.
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10 Ways to Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year the campaign focuses on preventing child sexual abuse through talking about healthy sexuality. Given the allegations at places like Penn State; […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   7 Comments   |   April 01, 2013
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Steubenville, Victim-Blaming, and Solutions to Rape

Over the weekend, two teenage boys who were popular football players from Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping a teenage girl last summer at a party. In a culture […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   March 19, 2013
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Fighting Sexual Assault in the Military

UPDATE, APRIL 18: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has reintroduced the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act) to address structural changes needed in the military to help end […] Read more »

Past LAF-Supported Cases

In 1981, AAUW members in Ithaca, New York, helped support five Cornell University women faculty members’ sex discrimination lawsuits. Their effort made such a big difference that AAUW decided to […] Read more »

  |   ,   |   February 18, 2013

In Air Force Report, Where Were the Survivors?

If you’re trying to prevent a crime, shouldn’t you talk to survivors to find out their viewpoint? Not in the Air Force. Yesterday, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held […] Read more »

Blog   |   Advocacy   |   1 Comments   |   January 24, 2013

Weak Progress on Ending Military Sexual Assault

“When we can’t protect those who protect our rights, something is wrong,” said Martin R. Castro, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, as he opened a hearing on […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   4 Comments   |   January 15, 2013

Steubenville: A Wake-up Call for Schools

Warning: The content of this post might trigger unpleasant memories for anyone who has experienced sexual assault. Last summer in Steubenville, Ohio, two 16-year-old high school football players allegedly raped […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   January 08, 2013

Notre Dame: Another Reason to Reauthorize VAWA

On January 7, the University of Notre Dame football team will compete to win a U.S. national title. And playing on the team, to the cheers of millions of people, […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   2 Comments   |   December 10, 2012

Love Is Not Abuse

Warning: The content of this post may trigger unpleasant memories for anyone who has experienced domestic violence. When I was 20 years old, I had an unpaid summer internship with […] Read more »

Blog   |   Community   |   October 05, 2012

Court Case: Hoffman et al. v. Panetta et al

This is a military sexual assault case filed by 19 plaintiffs in the Army and Air force who were sexually assaulted or raped while on active duty by other service members. Read more »

  |     |   September 28, 2012