Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

June, 2015

Blaming women for child sexual abuse perpetrated by a man

DAYCARE WORKER SAYS HE ACCIDENTALLY RAPED 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL DURING ‘TICKLE FIGHT’ “When Moore was questioned, he reportedly told authorities that he did touch the child beneath her underwear, but he claims it was accidental. According to court documents released this week, Moore said that ‘when he slipped on a toy as he was tickling … more »

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The Reality of Ritual Abuse in the UK; or, why David Aaronovitch is wrong

Open Democracy has published a very important two-part article from journalist Bea Campbell in response to the deeply problematic David Aaronovitch radio program on ritual abuse. Ritual abuse of children does exist. There have been a number of successful prosecutions of adults for committing satanic ritual abuse, as there have been with other forms of ritual more »

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If we’re serious about ending men’s violence against women and girls, we need to listen to feminists

The UK’s lack of “a consistent and coherent approach to tackling violence against women”  has been criticised in an official report  by the UN special rapporteur, Rashida Manjoo .  In addition, last week Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO chair of gender research at Lancaster University, criticised official statistics for drastically under-representing the scale of  violent crime against more »

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Daily Mirror conflates multi-perpetrator child rape with sex

Today, the Daily Mirror published an article with a title claiming a child “slept with” 60 men whilst passed around a paedophile group. These are the actual charges: Vikram Singh, 45, Harmohan Nangpal, 41, Asif Hussain, 33, Arshad Jani, 33, Mohammed Imran, 38, Faisal Iqbal, 32, Taimoor Khan, 28, Akbari Khan, 36, Jerome Joe, 35, Sajad more »

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When is a murder not a murder?

The news reported today that police are looking for the suspected killer of a pregnant woman who was stabbed to death in Bradford. The police released the following statement: “While the murder investigation is at an early stage we are treating this as a domestic-related incident.” A domestic incident. In my book, a domestic incident more »

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What we mean by male entitlement

Julian Penna, an ex-UKIP candidate in the local elections in Hull was given a non-custodial sentence for punching Abby Wallace in the face. He pled guilty to one charge on common assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and received only 160 hour of community service and an £800 fine. According to more »

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Daily Mail: Still classing women as possessions of men.

We have written previously on the deeply misogynistic coverage of the death of Helen Nicoll. This front page of the Daily Mail is the final piece of evidence for our statement: Press make it clear women remain possessions of men – even in death. There is simply no excuse for this type of media coverage: more »

Home Office blames girls for their sexual exploitation in new guidelines.

We’ve been reading the new Home Office guidance Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence and Gang-Related Drug Dealing. Some of it comes under the ‘stating the obvious’ rubric, particularly in relation to ensure that injunctions do not put people at further risk and protecting anonymity of witnesses and even those being served with the injunction when applicable. At more »

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