Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

February, 2016

Just another example – in Australia – relating to revenge porn & classic victim blaming

A link to this article on a so-called “revenge porn” inquiry in Australia was submitted to our site. We don’t use the term “revenge porn” as it implies that people who release intimate images videos without consent are entitled to ‘revenge’. The release of these images is sexualised violence. There is NOTHING that a victim more »

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Saying NO

My parents’verbal abuse nearly destroyed my ability to say NO.Or so i thought,until today.I was sitting quietly on a bench in the park,breathing fresh air and meditating.Suddenly,somebody i knew (only by having exchanged a few words briefly in the past) approached me and starting questioning me,disturbing my solitude.She asked me about my full name,why i more »

These 14 Women Were Brutally Attacked for Rejecting Men — Why Aren’t We Talking About It? by @jennykutner

It was “easy” for Christopher O’Kroley to kill Caroline Nosal, his coworker at a Madison, Wisconsin, grocery store and the object of his unrequited affection. He said so himself earlier this month, when he was arrested for fatally shooting Nosal because she rejected his romantic advances. He reportedly “wanted more” from their relationship and she turned him down. So more »

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It may be legal, but men chasing teenage girls is more than just ‘icky’ by Fiona Sturges

I remember what it was like to be young and “on the cusp”. When I was in my early to mid-teens, this meant, to some of the men I encountered, I was “not quite legal” or, as many preferred, “jailbait”. I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men more »

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Housing benefit is the lifeblood of women’s refuges – and it’s under threat by Sandra Horley

Refuge opened the world’s first women’s refuge in 1971. Women and children flocked to our doors. For the first time somebody was saying to them: “This is not acceptable, and it is not your fault.” Since then we have become the largest single provider of specialist refuge accommodation in the country. Last year 1,500 women and children more »

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“Who is Daniel Holtzclaw” : on media taking responsibility for supporting rape culture

Today, we were sent a link to an article about convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw in SB Nation, which is an online sports media brand. The article had been removed owing to its appalling content. The formal response from SB Nation is as follows: We’ve seen media pull articles before but not a response quite so more »

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“2 dead in Warner Robins Valentine’s Day domestic dispute”

Whilst our campaign is UK focused, we do cover appalling misrepresentations of domestic and sexual violence and abuse internationally. This particular article is from a US publication that includes every single thing that is wrong about media coverage of cases of murder-suicide starting with the fact that it refers to murder as a “domestic dispute”. As more »

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Rape victims have a right to be believed by the police by @polblonde

For many years, women and girls who told the police they had been raped faced an uncertain outcome. In Rotherham and other English towns, underage girls were not believed when they said they had been targeted by gangs, and the abuse continued for years. In London, serious flaws in the handling of allegations led to cases more »

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