Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

June, 2015

The Metro conflates child rape with an affair

We will be writing a formal complaint to the Metro about this article which conflates child rape with having an “affair”. Dominique Cottrez was raped multiple times by her father, starting at the age of 8. She became pregnant by rape on 8 separate occasions and suffocated the infants. This was not an “affair” nor more »

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Stranger rape may be rare but they are not ‘one-off’ incidents

A young woman in Berkshire was raped by a stranger early on Sunday morning. Rapes perpetrated by men unknown to the victim are the least common form of rape. However, Det Insp Christina Berenger was wrong when she stated  “This appears to be a one-off incident in which the offender managed to persuade the woman more »

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.@TheAge neglects some crucial information in headline: murder

Australian Andrew Klaussner, 40 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for strangling partner  Elizabeth Barnes, 39, on September 26, 2013. You would not realize that Klaussner committed murder  from the original title and tweets used by The Age who went with this headline: Klaussner killed Barnes. He then left her body lying on more »

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Lost without translation

(cross-posted with permission from Language: A Feminist Guide) In Melbourne in 2007, Marzieh Rahimi, a 33-year Dari-speaking woman who had come to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan, was killed by her husband Soltan Azizi. He had a history of violence towards her, and before her death she had made two calls to the emergency services. But more »

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