Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

August, 2016

In the News (8.8-15.8.16)

“I did not want her to become a decrepit old hag”: why elderly men kill their wives by @glosswitch I did not want her to become a decrepit old hag. I loved her too much for that.” Those are the words of 89-year-old Philip Williamson, who last week  received a suspended two-year prison sentence for the manslaughter of 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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In the news (8.8)

When Is Twitter Going to Crack Down on White People Calling Black People by @ClaireShrugged ‘N*gg*r’? “N*gg*r.” That is what he called me. He did not question my ideas. He did not challenge the subject of my tweets. He simply looked at the color of my skin and decided that I had no right to more »

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The reporting of India Chipchase’s murder shows the true extent of Britain’s rape culture by @sarahditum

What did the media see in her that made her the perfect victim? The grotesque answer is, the same things as the man who murdered her did. Why India Chipchase? For the Sun, it must have been the booze: “Woman ‘drank six Jagerbombs in ten minutes on the night she was raped and murdered” went the more »

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When it comes to sexual violence and alcohol, we need to focus on the perpetrator by Dr Bianca Fileborn

The association between alcohol and sexual violence has reared its head again in a spate of recent cases and subsequent public discussion. Most prominently, the Brock Turner case has brought our attention to alcohol consumption by both the victim and the perpetrator, while the Hunting Ground documentary has put a spotlight on the pervasive occurrence of sexual violence in more »

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Perpetrator of child sexual abuse walks free from court

Gina Owen, who pled guilty to two counts of ‘causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity’ was sentenced only to a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim and placed on the  sexual offenders registry for only 2 years. The judge’s summation claimed that: “community order could put you in more »

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A rape victim is jailed in order to force her to testify.

A prosecutor in the state of Texas took the extreme measure of incarcerating a victim of rape in order to force her to testify in the trial of her rapist. The victim spent one month in prison due to a Texas law referred to as an “attachment order” which allows the district attorney to force more »

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The erasure of Claire and Charlotte Hart by the media

This letter was written by Paula Cleary in response to an article by journalist Amy Collett in the Fenland Citizen. Cleary originally posted this letter on her Facebook page and has asked for it be shared widely to honour the lives of Claire and Charlotte Hart who were murdered on the 19th of July in more »

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