May 02, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss men’s role in ending sexual assault, why men don't advocate for women and child slavery both domestic and abroad.

On the panel this week joining host  Bonnie Erbe is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC); Republican Pollster Kellyanne Conway; Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy; Journalist Anushay Hossain

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Sexual Assault on Campus and in the Military

What role should men play in ending sexual assault?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “We are not going to eliminate sexual assault until we bring men into the tent to discuss everything from psychology to strategy...until men to talk to men, we can’t talk to them.”

  • Kellyanne Conway: "This begins with our culture but it also begins at home.  I think girls need to realize from the men in their lives that they are respected without being exhibitionists.”

  • Darlene Kennedy: "There was a medical school and a law school on that list which shows that you even get to the next level of higher education and it’s still happening.”

  • Anushay Hossain: “Ultimately it’s the colleges that have to play a really huge role in stopping this.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "If you’re sober you’re going to guard yourself a lot more carefully and your’e going to say no a lot louder...it’s a bad message to say to girls it’s safe for them to go to these parties and get drunk and that men won’t take advantage of them.”

Feminist Men:

Are men the final frontier in feminism?

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: "There has never been a group of any kind that achieved what it wanted to achieve unless it’s own people were willing to get out there and speak for themselves.”

  • Kellyanne Conway: "We’ve been hurting our men and particularly our boys, ours sons, by making them think that they can’t be part of the conversation, by making them think that women’s empowerment somehow doesn’t include them.”

  • Darlene Kennedy: "If you’re not going to fight for it and you want it then why would you want anybody else to be a part of it?”

  • Anushay Hossain: “We sometimes forget to include, and become dismissive of, our greatest allies which are really men.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "A white person couldn’t have led the civil rights movement in the 60’s and 70’s...if there was no Martin Luther King he couldn't have been replaced by a white guy.”


Nigerian Girls Abducted

Where's the outrage?

  • Ritu Sharma - “This terrorist organization have been clear that  girl’s education, women’s empowerment is not something that they want to see, it’s part of their agenda to kill, mame and murder girls and women who try to step out of line.”

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: " we need activism in those countries because out of that activism will come change.  I’m not sure how you would get it when your girls are abduct your girls and marry them off”

  • Darlene Kennedy: "It’s so sad for moms and dads who want the best for their daughters.”

  • Anushay Hossain: “I think IVAWA is a great piece of legislation but all the answers don’t lie there....the mothers are organizing, the activists are organizing I actually felt that this is a headline that was about to go away, they started a # saying bring our daughters home.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "Why isn’t there more outrage, not just in this country but around the world about these girls, 220 of them being gone, raped,sex slaves ?”

Child Slave in America

An Egyptian Girl's story of enslavement and rescue:

  • Shyima Hall “You always have in the back of your head them saying if the cops ever find you , you’re going to get beat up, you will never see your family again, you go to jail for the rest of your life because you’re not supposed to be here.”

  • Kellyanne Conway “That’s a true profile in courage, that’s the type of person we should be listening to her story because unfortunately  I don’t think it’s as rare as people in the country realize.”

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: "This is old fashioned slavery, you sell somebody to do some work, this needs much more exposure, what societies routinely do this?  I wouldn’t have thought of Egypt.”

  • Anushay Hossain: “Child slavery and selling children is number three after arms and drugs as the most profiting kind of trafficking. The US is the top destination for child traffickers, it’s mind boggling.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "Modern day slavery and it’s growing because of the internet and it’s growing here in the United States”


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