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  On this edition of Your Call, Rachel Louise Snyder discusses her new book, No Visible Bruises —What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. 

Every single minute in the US, 20 people are assaulted by their partners. Globally, 50,000 women were killed by family members in 2017, according to the UN. The same report called home, “the most dangerous place for women.” Snyder reveals how many solutions are based on false assumptions and are not protecting women. What still needs to change? 


On this edition of Your Call, Akemi Johnson will discuss her new book Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the US Military Bases in Okinawa.

Almost 75 years since the US first occupied the Japanese island, it still has 32 military bases there.  Over 50,000 American military members, contractors, and their families live on the island. Akemi explores the wounds of US-Japanese history and the cultural and sexual politics of the US military empire. 



Holly McDede

When Stanford student Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison for sexual assault back in 2016, lots of people thought he deserved a longer sentence. They saw a white, college athlete let off the hook.



San Francisco is about to become the first major US city to honor and recognize more than 200,000 women and girls from 13 Asia-Pacific countries who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.

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At first he was funny.  A bearded man with flowing hair dressed in his garish best, his forearms curly with knots of hair. But Ram Rahim is no ordinary rockstar. He’s a God man. 

Your Call: The politics of pleasure

Sep 20, 2016


On the September 20th edition of Your Call, journalist Peggy Orenstein joins us to discuss her book, Girls & Sex, Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.

The central tenet of today's women's movement is equality--in wages, treatment, opportunity. But what about in love and sex?

Justice has finally come for Suzette Jordan. Though she was not there to witness it.

Rape on the night shift

Sep 21, 2015
Matt Rota for Reveal

 Who's responsible when a worker gets injured, or even attacked, on the job? Is it the company, the government? What about the workers themselves? Many come into our offices late at night to clean up our messes. They’re janitors – an essential part of our work life who are often practically invisible. And a recent 18-month investigation found that they are often sexually abused. 



Interview: Daffodil Altan talks with Al Letson

Sep 21, 2015
Matt Rota for Reveal


Journalist Daffodil Altan worked on the investigation of sexual abuse of women janitors for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. While she was trying to find women who were assaulted and ask them about their experiences, Daffodil realized she had someone who could talk to her … someone very close to home. She shared her story with Reveal host Al Letson.


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On the August 26th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about  countering rape culture in a way that speaks to young men.

On the June 10th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Bay Area-based filmmaker Nyna Pais Caputi about gender discrimination in India. India is ranked the fourth most dangerous place in the world for women.  Premiering during the SF Documentary Festival, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls  highlights how girls and women are devalued in Indian society, leading to a rise in gender violence.  How are women organizing to stop it? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.


On the June 9th edition of Your Call, we’ll bring back the conversation with Kirby Dick, director of The Hunting Ground, a new documentary about the epidemic of campus rape and sexual assault. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted. The federal government is currently investigating 100 colleges for mishandling or covering up rape cases. Who should be held accountable? And what actions should colleges take? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar.


Sofi Karasek, co-founder of End Rape on Campus at UC Berkeley

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On the May 14th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a new documentary that resurrects the hidden history of the women who founded the modern women’s movement. The film tells the stories of activists, students, artists, and intellectuals at the center of the movement, which brought about a social revolution in the US. What can we learn from the past? And what’s the state of women’s liberation today? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Assault and recovery, a reporter's personal tale

Nov 5, 2014

In 1992, KALW's Judy Silber was in Des Moines, Iowa for the Bar Mitzvah of a second cousin. On a late Saturday afternoon, she left the hotel where she was staying with her family and went out for a walk. While crossing over a bridge, a man grabbed her and pulled her down the grass embankment. A warning to listeners, this story involves some disturbing and graphic content.

Liz Mak


Sexual assault on college campuses is a topic that's difficult to escape right now. That's partly because earlier this year, the Department of Education released a list of 55 college campuses facing investigation for failing to take sexual assault reports seriously.

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Your Call: How can men oppose misogyny?

Jun 5, 2014

Last week India was shocked by a picture that looked ripped out of the American south from decades ago. Two young women, raped and strangled, and then dangling from a mango tree in a village in the Badaun district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

But the pictures shocking as they are are not worth a 1000 words because they cannot begin to unravel the context behind the story.

Hell at Tehelka

Nov 27, 2013

When violence against women was big in the news in India, an investigative magazine called Tehelka did an explosive sting operation. Its reporters went undercover to 23 police stations around Delhi and got cops talking about rape.  The results were shocking. Most cops were happy to blame women for wearing skirts that don’t cover them fully. For having a drink.  For going out with a boyfriend and his friends. Real rape they said was rare. And those who  were really raped would never complain anyway. This year the magazine produced a special issue on sexual violence

Sandip Roy

She was just the Park Street rape victim. The woman who went to a nightclub in Kolkata in February 2012 and was tossed out of a car in the dead of night, battered and gang raped.  

Recently the Park Street rape victim did something almost unthinkable in India. Suzette Jordan revealed her identity.


Your Legal Rights 4/24/13 Sexual Assault

Apr 24, 2013

Discussion on sexual assault and rape.

On today's Your Call, we’ll open to lines to air our concerns about sexual assault and violence. Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the US and more than half of assaults are not reported. A number of recent violent attacks in San Francisco are receiving widespread attention. What steps should be taken to end the violence? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Do you have a story to share? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Is the brutal gang rape of a 23 year-old woman in New Delhi last December the tipping point for women's rights in India? What about in Steubenville, Ohio?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Kirby Dick, director the documentary "The Invisible War." The film shines a spotlight on widespread rape and assault in the military. Eighty percent of assault cases go unreported. How are these men and women dealing with their trauma? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. The film is a call to action. What will it take to hold perpetrators accountable? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Ariana Klay, former Marine Officer

Kirby Dick, director of The "Invisible War"