Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

October, 2013

AR Wear’s Anti-Rape Clothing

[Content warning – rape] I am seething with rage after AR’s promotion for ‘anti-rape’ clothing was brought to my attention by Louise Pennington. I feel compelled to add my voice to the indignation and anger she has so eloquently expressed. I agree wholeheartedly with Louise’s accusation of victim blaming and racism. What I want to more »

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AR Wear’s Anti-Rape Clothing: Just another chastity belt.

AR Wear have designed a new clothing range featuring underwear and jogging shorts in order to help women “passively” resist rape by “sending a clear message to her would-be assailant that she is NOT consenting”. Whilst the product itself concerns me greatly with the implication that women can prevent rape, it is the use of more »

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The Mitigation of Men’s Violence *Updated*

  Zahid Akram was a teacher who admitted blackmailing girls into sending him sexually explicit photographs. He claimed to be suffering from depression and being in a considerable amount of debt. Currently adjourned for pre-sentence reports. Douglas Bailey beat his wife to death after a ‘row’ over the heating. The police officer commenting on the more »

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He didn’t just “snap”

When I read headlines on Domestic Violence and they contain the immortal words; “He Just Snapped” – it will very often contain the following; “out of character”, “isolated incident”. The reporting of Domestic Violence is not doing anything to stem the flow of misrepresentation about this crime. Type “He Just Snapped” into Google, watch the more »

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The Inconceivable Confusion of Consent

Rape is a horrific crime. It is a crime involving an abuse of power. Due to the biology it is a crime that is perpetrated by men; men who seek power and wish to weaken and destroy another. Despite the emotiveness of this criminal act, rapists seem to have manipulated our law, media and people more »

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The Best Rape Prevention? Change the Behaviour of the Perpetrators, Not the Victims

On Wednesday, Slate Magazine’s Emily Yoffe caused outrage with an article about rape prevention on college campuses. Rife with victim-blaming, the article carried the aggressive tagline: “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting So Wasted”, and then proceeded to set the example by commanding, “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk”. To me, the more »

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The Jimmy Savile Transcript

The transcript of Jimmy Savile’s final police interview reveals the language used by a prolific paedophile operating under the nose of a viewing public. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘bluster’ it is not the denials, the blatant lies or obscured threats, but the confusing smokescreen, a deliberate un-stating of allegations which misdirects all listening. more »

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Research Request – Excuses, Excuses

We’re planning to write about mitigation used in court cases & we need your help! We’re looking for: Media reports where abusers used excuses for their behaviour (example – intoxication, debt, mental ill health – this is a good example) Research analysing the ‘mitigating factors’ used as part of a defence Court transcripts detailing mitigation more »

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