Sonja Sharp

Sonja Sharp is a New York City crime reporter and an instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, VICE, and the New York Observer and author of the forthcoming novel,  The Butcher of Borough Park.

Brett Kavanaugh

Where the Idea of False Rape Accusations Really Comes From

Donald Trump and his Adult Son keep trying to foment a #MeToo backlash. Shocker: they're lying.
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true crime

Why Brutal Domestic Violence Is Dismissed as 'Role Play'

Disgraced ex-NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman masqueraded as feminist and suggested he just liked weird sex. Neither was the truth.
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We Know Student Walkouts Can Change America Because They Have Before

As Parkland survivors and student activists geared up for a nationwide walkout, veterans of past protests put the moment in perspective.
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A Grisly New Year's Killing Shows How Little We Know About Murder-Suicides

After a 26-year-old mother was stabbed to death and her husband found hanging from a tree, experts and advocates pointed to glaring cracks in the system.
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sexual assault

How #MeToo Could Put Powerful Sexual Predators in Prison

So far the fallout from a national outcry over sexual harassment and assault has mostly been damaging to reputations and careers. What about prosecution?
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What Cops Should Do When Neo-Nazis Come to Town

Police are taking heat after a woman was killed and many more injured in Charlottesville. We asked experts how to prevent another tragedy next time.
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The Lawyers Trying to Get Their Clients Sent to Jail

Public defenders in New York City are actually trying to get immigrant clients sent to Rikers to avoid the feds – and deportation.
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Bill Cosby's Trial Is Already Showing How Twisted America Is

The disgraced comedian's sexual assault trial has barely started, and it's already revealed the bizarre way in which juries are selected and justice gets meted out.
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Women Are Leading the Pro-Science Resistance

How women and people of color in the sciences are bucking professional norms to resist Donald Trump.
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When Pets Keep People Leashed to Their Abusers

Research shows pets are a key weapon of control for domestic abusers, and a growing network of shelters welcome not just victims but their beloved animals, too.
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America Incarcerated

How the Women Who Visit Rikers Island Navigate the Stressful, Complex Dress Code

Women looking to visit husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons in jail must submit to humiliating searches and allegedly inconsistent rules about what they can and cannot wear.
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How Campus Rape Became a National Scandal in America

Despite the recent outcry, experts believe rape has been commonplace at American universities for decades. So why are we just talking about it now?
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