Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

December, 2014

The term “fondling” minimises sexual assault

We recently had a conversation with on twitter with Philippa Willetts about the misuse of the term fondling and how it is misused to minimise sexual assault. Not two hours later, we came across this article in the Daily Mail*: Undertaker, 83, who fondled a woman’s breasts moments before a funeral service faces jail This more »

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Police blame woman for her murder

Shikha Beniwal was murdered by her former husband Sunil Beniwal. He then killed himself. An intervention order taken out against Sunil Bengal expired four days before he chose to murder Shikha. This is what Homicide Detective Sergeant Paul Tremain said: “There was an intervention order taken out in 2012 which expired four days ago,” …. “These more »

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Bristol Post gets it wrong with the “respectable family man” myth

David Jordan was found guilty of six sexual offences against a child who was 13-14 at the time. He has been sentenced to 6 years in prison. These are the facts which require extrapolating from some fairly turgid prose. The title starts with the inflammatory : “Six years in prison for Bristol-area family man who more »


‘Shamed’ Man’s actual disappearance from country reflected with his erasure from news report’s headline This was the front page of Manchester Evening News this morning. Laura Pahomova tragically sent a series of texts to her parents then threw herself from an 18th floor balcony hours after Martin Riley had emailed her parents to inform them more »

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Rape is not a crime about sex: It is about male entitlement and power

The Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police are currently running a new rape prevention campaign entitled Don’t Cross the Line. Along with Police Scotland’s Sex without consent is rape: We can stop it , SAVE: Sexual Assault Voices of Canada* Don’t be that guy and numerous campaigns by Rape Crisis Scotland, the campaign is targeted at perpetrators. The latter three are very well designed campaigns that more »

Rape is not SEDUCTION

An email I have sent to the Sheffield Star. I am furious! Dear Editor of the Sheffield Star, Your report, Man jailed for seducing his teenage daughter, was published on the Sheffield Star website and describes a man who committed child rape. The headline, choosing to describe this as ‘seduction’, downplays the horrific nature of more »

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The Mirror Gives a How-Not-To Guide on Writing about VAWG

This is the headline the Mirror chose for the trial of Andrew Leigh who is accused of murdering his former wife Luan: Husband ‘drugged estranged wife before strangling her to death after hearing about new man’ The subheading reads: Andrew Leigh is accused of murdering his wife of eight years Luan after she spurned his more »

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