Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

August, 2017

In the News: on Ian Watkins, ‘grooming’, and Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland express worry after sharp rise in number of sexual assaults reported, by Andrew Learmonth RAPE Crisis Scotland say they’re concerned at new Police Scotland figures showing a 46 per cent increase in the number of rapes against women over 16. A summary report to go in front of the Scottish Police Authority more »

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False rape allegations are rare – rape is not. Stop using the case of Jemma Beale to discredit all women

False allegations of rape are rare – rape itself is not. It’s understandable, then, that instances of the former are more likely to hit the headlines than the latter. Why report on a phenomenon that is commonplace, affecting an estimated 85,000 women in England and Wales every year? Rape isn’t news. By contrast, criminal convictions more »

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Michael Beck: Why labelling men who kill as ‘non-violen’t is irresponsible journalism

Every single week, 2 men in England and Wales make a choice to kill their current or former partner. Despite the fact that these men consistently have a history of domestic violence, the media insists on reporting comments from random neighbours claiming that these men are ‘caring fathers’, ‘loving brothers’, ‘quiet neighbours’,  and, as above, ‘non more »

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Why ‘upskirting’ needs to be made a sex crime, by Clare McGlynn & Erika Rackley

It started with one woman, Gina Martin, being prepared to put her head above the parapet and say: this is unacceptable and should clearly be a criminal offence. Martin was a victim of the practice known commonly as “upskirting” – the taking of a photo or video up a woman’s skirt without her permission. When more »

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Texas ‘rape insurance’ bill is about economic violence against women, by Dr. Eugene Gu

Just this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits health insurance companies from covering elective abortions of any kind. This includes insurance plans on the ObamaCare exchanges and even private employer-based plans. Proponents of House Bill 214 are hailing its passage as a victory for state taxpayers, who are no more »

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Coercive control: How can you tell whether your partner is emotionally abusive?, by Radhika Sanghani

There is a growing awareness around the signs of coercive control – the emotional and psychological abuse of a partner, through threats and restrictions, as well as physical violence. This raised profile is thanks, in part, to last year’s storyline in The Archers – involving Helen Titchener and her emotionally abusive husband Rob. The BBC Radio 4 soap was following a new law on more »

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