Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

August, 2016

It’s not victim blaming, it’s woman blaming by Sonia Orchard

Can we please stop this talk of victim-blaming? We don’t have a problem with victim-blaming in our society. We have a problem with woman-blaming. Teenage victims of the recent Australian school porn ring have reportedly been told that they brought the problem upon themselves by sharing nude images. Girls at one school have even been more »

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Housing associations should fight harder to end the abuse of women by Aisha Sharif

When I worked for Women’s Aid I met a mother who had escaped war in Sudan. She’d seen people killed and she had been raped. She came to the UK for safety – only to be forced to flee her home with her two children when her husband became abusive. The housing association said they more »

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The case of Nate Parker: on rape culture in Hollywood

Nate Parker is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. His new film The Birth of a Nation premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January. Within days of the film festival, news of Parker’s involvement in a multiple perpetrator rape whilst attending Penn State, in which he was found not guilty, began to make the rounds of social more »

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The myths our legal system buys into about perpetrators of domestic violence by Kasey Edwards

One of the most persistent and dangerous myths of domestic violence is that the perpetrators are good men who made ONE bad choice because their wife pushed them too far. It’s a neat little way of excusing male violence and rather unsubtly hinting that the female victims were the problem all along. A recent study more »

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No, women aren’t as likely to commit violence as men by Jane Gilmore

  Pick any article on the internet about the violence men commit against women and you can pretty much guarantee that at least one of the first five comments under it will be from a man furious that feminists are ignoring the unreported epidemic of women’s violence against men. Most of the time it’s quite more »

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Unsafe, damp and dirty: How unscrupulous landlords take advantage of domestic abuse victims

Despite leaving her abusive partner over a year ago, Nicky* and her son still share one bedroom in a women’s refuge. It isn’t somewhere she would choose to live and it’s certainly not where she wants to raise her child. But since fleeing her relationship, finding somewhere to move on a permanent basis has been impossible. more »

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