Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

December, 2016

In the News (5.12) – rape culture and racialised misogyny

A long road: domestic violence law in China by Yuan Feng at openDemocracy … Now we face the challenge of making the law work to prevent violence, ensure duty bearers respond and hold perpetrators to account, at the same time as supporting survivors.  The law permits police to issue a warning, provided the violence reaches a more »

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When a Man Kills a Woman by @K_IngalaSmith at openDemocracy

Across everything that divides societies, we share in common that men’s violence against women is normalised, tolerated, justified – and hidden in plain sight. … Men’s fatal violence against women in the UK crosses boundaries of class, race, nationality and age.  Over the last year, the oldest woman killed was 85, 18 were over 60, more »

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Men’s intrusion: rethinking street harassment by Fiona Vera-Gray

To capture the impact of ‘street harassment’ on women’s sense of self, we may need to rethink our language to better fit the lived experience. … Attention to women’s experiences of intrusive men in public space is having something of a resurgence. Traditionally one of the most understudied yet commonly experienced forms of violence against women, more »

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Transforming a Victim Blaming Culture

Media discussions of male violence against women focus on the actions of the victim rather than the perpetrator. How can we challenge this narrative using survivor’s testimony without putting them at risk of online harassment?   “If I was Ched Evans i would find that whore and actually rape her this time!!” This is one more »

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