Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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The reality of male violence against women and girls. (Or, why the legal system is not fit for purpose)

5 cases from 5 jurisdictions demonstrating how unfit for purpose most legal jurisdictions are in dealing with male violence against women and girls. Mustafa Bashir  received a suspended sentence for domestic violence that included physical assaults with a cricket bat and forcing his wife to drink bleach because his wife was deemed ‘not vulnerable’ by more »

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Mustafa Bashir given no jail time for forcing his wife to drink bleach.

UPDATE: Mustafa Bashir has now been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the crime of lying to the court about his cricket career using a “slip rule” which allows a judge to re-sentence a perpetrator if new information came to light. In this case. forcing a woman to drink bleach is less important than more »

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Tax credit ‘rape clause’ legislation – our stance

Ignoring the very salient facts that austerity cuts, such as the limit on tax credits, will disproportionately impact women and children forcing them into poverty, and the fact that reproductive coercion is a tool used by male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, demanding women disclose their experiences of rape to a bureaucrat who has more »

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Edinburgh Evening News and the misuse of ‘dumped’

The erasure of perpetrator responsibility in domestic violence and abuse is standard across much of mainstream media. Very rarely do we see a headline that says “man sentenced to 6 years for assault”. Instead, we repeatedly see the words “jilted” and “spurned” used as though it were perfectly rational and reasonable to commit assault because more »

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Adam Johnson: “besotted” and the implication of contributory negligence in child sexual abuse

Adam Johnson, who was convicted for child sexual abuse, has lost his challenge to the Court of Appeals. He will continue to serve 5 years for the sexual assault of a teenage girls. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was found in possession of extreme pornography. It is very clear that Johnson used his more »

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Man arrested for racially-aggravated sexual assault. BBC headline gets confused with a carry-on film.

Due to the limited number of characters allowed by the BBC informal complaints, we have sent the following about the conviction of city lawyer Alistair Main:   Alistair Main has been convicted of one count of racially-aggravated assault and one of sexual assault. You minimise his criminal act of racialised sexual violence in your headline more »

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Custody in Crisis – Family Courts enabling and supporting abusive fathers.

Salon has published a searing indictment of the family courts in the US investigating the frequency with which violent fathers are given sole custody of their children despite documented medical evidence of physical and sexual abuse. It examines the role that “parental alienation syndrome” – something that the American Psychological Association does not recognise – 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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16 ways to End Violence against Women and Girls

The International Day for the Eliminations of Violence against Women kicks off 16 days of global activism. Here are 16 ways that individuals can participate and support these global campaigns against structural and systemic violence against women and girls. 1. Donate £1 to a different national campaigns and specialist women’s service like Rape Crisis England Wales, Scottish more »

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Man convicted of owning 137 000 images of children being sexually abused is spared jail to start family

Richard Arrowsmith was found in position of 137 000 images and 4336 videos of child sexual abuse that he had downloaded over 4 years. 400 videos were class A (the most extreme), 255 were in category B. 186 films and 851 images were in category c. “There were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category more »

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