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In the News: rape culture, male violence and victim blaming

Why do some UN peacekeepers rape?, by Azad Essa UN peacekeepers are sent to the most war-ravaged countries on Earth, ostensibly to help them transition to peace. But some stand accused of committing crimes against the very people they are supposed to protect. According to a recent investigation by the Associated Press (AP), between 2004 more »

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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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In the news: male violence, family courts, and child sexual exploitation

Party leaders’ response to questions from women’s groups on ending abuse published from EVAW Judge vows to ban domestic abusers from cross-examining victims in his court by Owen Bowcott … Mr Justice Hayden pledged, in a judgment that described how a mother suffered at the hands of a violent husband who beat her and threatened to kill more »

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In the news: Bresha Meadows, Poverty, and FGM

Bresha Meadows, teen who killed allegedly abusive dad, given second chance  via @blackvoices Bresha Meadows, a 15-year-old who fatally shot her father in his sleep last summer, pleaded true to a charge of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, ending a legal ordeal that began over nine months earlier. “This is a good child,” her attorney, Ian more »

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In the news: rape culture and male violence

‘Pull it out, take it off, put it back in’: A man explains why he stealths women by@rachel_hosie Stealthing – the act of non-consensually removing a condom during sex – has been the subject of much discussion since a study into the act was published last month. Rape Crisis have condemned stealthing as a sex crime, and this more »

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In the News: women’s right to vote, elderly perpetrators, and CSA

A Woman’s Right to Vote via @womensaid When people learn that domestic abuse can deny a woman her right to vote, they can hardly believe it. But it’s true: the provisions for anonymous registration on the electoral roll exclude many domestic abuse survivors. With support, however, it is possible for some to exercise their democratic more »

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In the News: rape culture, male violence and financial child abuse

What happens at a forensic medical examination following a rape or sexual assault via Edinburgh Rape Crisis Nobody wants to have a rape exam. No one. That is a realistic place to start. This is not going to be great – but it does not have to make your trauma worse.  I am a senior more »

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In the News – child custody for rapists, stalking, and family annihilators

All male committee decides rapists have rights to see victim’s children by Will Worley A group of all male politicians have rejected a law that would prevent rapists from having parental rights to their victims’ children. Campaigners were left “angry and disappointed” after Maryland’s General Assembly voted against enacting the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. No more »

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In the News: domestic violence, rape culture and access to justice

This Missouri City Banishes Domestic Violence Survivors for Calling the Police by Sandra Park via @aclu In 2012, the city of Maplewood, Missouri ordered Rosetta Watson to vacate her home. But the city wasn’t done punishing Watson yet and also barred her from living anywhere in the city for six months. Her offense? She called more »

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In the News – domestic violence bill (Scotland), child benefit #rapeclause & tampon tax

Survivors of domestic abuse have helped to frame much-needed bill by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) …. Creation of this new offence will bring clarity for victims so they can see explicitly that what their partner or ex-partner has done to them is wrong and perpetrators will see what they are doing is more »

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