Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

March, 2014

“Underage sexworkers” do not exist.

This morning, I awoke to the above being retweeted into my twitter feed. The euphemism used for children who are abused and raped in the making of pornography is “youthful sex worker”. Women and children who are trafficked are referred to as “migrant sex workers” and now children who sexually exploited and raped in prostitution more »

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An open letter to Ally Fogg: childhood sexual abuse is not a laughing matter

An open letter to Ally Fogg: childhood sexual abuse is not a laughing matter This week has seen some lurid and inappropriate reporting of the trial of publicist, Max Clifford.  Now, let us just remind ourselves of why Clifford is on trial.  He is on trial for 11 charges of indecent assault allegedly committed between more »

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“Jealousy” is not a mitigating circumstance.

Once again, the media has mitigated the responsibility for fatal violence committed by a controlling and abusive men because he was “jealous”. Chris Osuh, of the Manchester Evening News, writes: A jealous husband who stabbed his wife to death after she returned from a tryst with another man has been jailed for life. The very more »

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Another ignorant judge allowing inappropriate mitigation.

Dear Mr Grayling I am contacting you in your capacity as Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice. I am absolutely appalled about the outcome and ridiculous reasons given regarding the outcome of the recent case of sexual abuse (not ‘sexual activity’ as reported incorrectly and irresponsibly in various media sources) of an 11 year more »

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“Jealousy” is not an excuse.

Jealous husband Kelvin Newton gets life for wife’s murder This is the title of a BBC article. The sub-heading is: A jealous husband has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum sentence of of 18 years for murdering his wife over her holiday romance. The headline says it all: Kelvin Newton killed his wife more »

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PTSD, Domestic Violence, and Personal Responsibility

Cameron Hayhurst “pled guilty to assaulting his wife to the danger of (Caroline McGhee) life as he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow”. Lord Turnbull deferred sentencing for a year so that Hayhurst, who suffers from PTSD following a tour of duty in Afghanistan, so that Hayhurst can undergo “intensive treatment” and “prove he can stay more »

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Upholding patriarchy? Why only some women?

Bbc Woman’s Hour have run a series on sex work this week. They hosted the arguments on Monday & Tuesday and you can listen here. I’m not sure where I stand on the criminalisation of the purchase of sex. I’m very conflicted, because I know women who say they choose to sell sexual services, and more »

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Contraception: Teen girls bear the responsibility

A friend over in South Yorkshire alerted me to a piece she saw in her local newspaper about “teenage pregnancy”. The link is here. The headline could of course be rephrased from… “More Under-16 Mums To be Keeping Their Babies” to “More Young Boys have Coerced Girls Into Sex or Men Have Potentially Raped Them” more »

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