Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

August, 2015

There’s no allegedly about this rape.

The tragic case of the 11 yr old girl from Paraguay, who was denied an abortion in spite of fears the pregnancy and labour may be a risk to her life, featured in the news recently due to the birth of her baby daughter. She was delivered by C-section and weighed 6lb 6oz. I have more »

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The Term “Historical Abuse” – From The Viewpoint of an Abuse Survivor. (content note)

(cross-posted with permission from ‘From the viewpoint of an Abuse Survivor’) The term “historical abuse” has been used for several years, but the recent surge in victims coming forward (partly due to the Jimmy Saville abuse scandal) has caused its popularity to increase. We probably cannot go a week now, without various parts of the more »

Oh captain, my captain.

As the roving sports reporter for EVB I watch quite a lot of sports, each time marvelling at the skill, stamina and determination athletes possess to become top of their game. I’m a completely mad Newcastle United fan, for my sins, but football has started leaving a sour taste in my mouth. The behaviour of more »

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Sanctioned Jobseekers With Mental Health Problems Are Not ‘Vulnerable’, Says DWP

Welfare Weekly has waived their copyright over the following post. We have republished on our website as many of the mental illnesses which preclude a definition of vulnerability include depression, agoraphobic, anxiety, and panic attacks. These are all common consequences of living with domestic and sexual violence and abuse. This is a disgraceful policy from more »

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Ted Heath, Jonathan King and the role of The Spectators…

An Exercise in Comprehension, for Subjects Lacking in Empathy, but Over-Equipped with Entitlement. August 2015. Please read the following before forming any opinion, sharing on Twitter, or other social media sites. You may now turn over your paper. Case Study A There are allegations against a series of people and those allegations are that they more »

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“Witch hunts”, howling mobs” and “Hitler’s dreams”: how a rational journalist reacts to police investigating historic child sexual abuse.

“If it wasn’t so horrific, all this would be entertaining.” Is one of the opening lines of Dan Hodges’ article in the Telegraph about the investigation into the police’s handling of child sexual abuse allegations made against Edward Heath. It transpires that the ‘horrific’ he refers to, is not child sexual abuse and the devastating more »

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Witch hunt is the stuff of Hitlers dreams

Do we laugh or do we cry spring to mind. Neither as the statement which appeared in the telegraph by Dan Hodge* is just a ludicrous headline used to grab attention. It certainly has done that and shone the light on the journalist who wrote it and not in a positive light I might add. Yes more »

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Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Mary Jane Kelly

Mary Ann Nichols was murdered on 31 August. Annie Chapman was killed on 8 September. Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were murdered 30 September. Mary Jane Kelly was killed on 9 November.* There is some suggestion that a sixth woman, Martha Tabram, was also a victim of the same perpetrator. If this is true, Tabram more »

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The Chivalrous Violation of Women’s Bodies by @WomenCanSee

The Chivalrous Violation of Women’s Bodies by @WomenCanSee If women don’t want to be grabbed, pulled, & kissed, we should avoid the company of gentleman. It is a gentleman’s right to display “chivalrous” drunken behaviour: • moving to sit closely right behind the only other bus passenger- a woman…chivalry!; • leaning over her shoulder so more »

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