Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

October, 2015

The closure of @EavesCharity

We are devastated by the closure of Eaves: a charity dedicated to supporting some of the most vulnerable women. They were one of the few avowedly feminist organisations and one which made it clear, over and over, that men’s violence against women and girls are both a cause and a consequence of women’s inequality. Eaves closure comes more »

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When somebody does something bad to you.

When somebody does something bad to you, when they hurt you and scare you, you react in a way that is unique to you. It might not always make sense or even be right, but when you are young and you are scared you react in a way to minimize those feelings. For me that more »

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Victim blaming

Have had the most horrific experience today involving abetting with a group Of professionals. Having had stalking and violence for the past 20 months. I was told by the chairperson that I need to stop playing the victim and get stronger about the intimidation my ex continues to display. I was accused of not moving more »

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Criminalising women for failing to testify in cases of domestic violence makes a mockery of the justice system

A young mother in the state of Florida has been sent to jail for contempt of court. Her crime: failing to appear at the trial of her former partner despite being subpoenaed. A video of the hearings has been released. Yahoo News claims it shows the mother “emotionally pleading with a judge as she is more »

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The Harsh Hands Of The System

As a survivor of child abuse and long-term domestic violence I am no stranger to victim blaming. It has happened to me at every age and with every trauma. It has been from family, friends, strangers, attorneys, judges, and police. But for the sake of brevity I will focus on one particular occurrence. When I more »

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11 year old boys cannot consent to sex with an adult

According to coverage in the Guardian, Jade Hatt has been given a “six-month jail term suspended for two years with supervision”, placed on the sexual offenders registry for 7 years and received a ” sexual harm prevention order banning her from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years”. Judge Tim Mousley QC made the more »

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#PeepleApp puts actual people at risk of harassment, abuse, stalking and violence.

We woke up this morning to a Twitter feed full of women raising serious concerns about a new app called Peeple, which gives you the opportunity to rate people from 1-5 and write reviews. If this weren’t concerning enough when considering cyberbullying, users can upload profiles for other people using their mobile number. The owner more »

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