Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

May, 2015

The BBC responds to a complaint: Badly

This is a response from the BBC to a complaint raised by Claire Moore about their coverage of the murder of Claire O’Connor who they dismissively refer to as “the body in the boot”. We wrote about their coverage here. As ever, the BBC refuses to acknowledge that their coverage of women’s murders is disgraceful more »

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Victims of Domestic Violence own 50% of the responsibility

On a daily basis, we read some absolutely egregious examples of victim blaming culture: so many that we rarely have time to even log them, never mind deconstruct them. Today, we were sent a link to an article by Sallee McLaren called “The part women play in domestic violence” which was published in the Australian more »

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Her name is Claire O’Connor not “the body in the boot”

Claire O’Connor was brutally murdered by her partner Aaron Mann who then kept her body in the car. According to the BBC, this makes O’Connor “the body in the boot” and not an actual human with a name. Granted, the BBC did manage to remember to include the salient information that Mann had a history more »

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Father kills daughter as she has migraines.

Randy Janzen made the choice to kill his 19 year old daughter Emily, her mother Laurel and his sister Shelly. He then killed himself during a standoff with police who were alerted to his post on Facebook claiming responsibility. His statement claims that he did this to ‘spare’ Emily the pain caused by constant migraines, more »

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Katie Hopkins makes rape threat.

This is Katie Hopkins’ response to Laurie Penny having the unmitigated gall to express an opinion on Twitter.:   This is very clearly a rape threat. It is not just a threat directed at Laurie Penny – but at every single woman who has opinions. It is the language of misogyny created to silence women more »

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Richard Littlejohn, Jimmy Savile & the Need for an Independent Press Commission

Richard Littlejohn’s most recent post in the Daily Mail is deeply offensive on numerous levels. Supposedly, it is meant to be Littlejohn’s ‘opinion’ on who he would like to win the election on Thursday. It is a truly depressing state of affairs when ‘political debate’ involves insulting statements about the physical appearance of candidates. At more »

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Rapists are not “sex pests”

The dictionary definition of pest is “an annoying or troublesome person” and yet The Metro has used the term sex pest to refer to a 68 year old man who has been arrested in France for what appears to be multiple counts of rape (as ever, The Metro is low on details and big on more »

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