Everyday Victim Blaming

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Media matters when it comes to tackling violence against women

CAMPAIGNING mum Kirsty Strickland, who has been awarded a bursary by the Write to End Violence Against Women campaign, begins her first in a series of articles today for The National entitled The Path to Progression. 

The 25-year-old blogger won the chance to have her articles published the The National, media partner for 2015 Write to End Violence Against Women Awards for excellence is journalism. The awards, now in the third year, is organised by Zero Tolerance with the support of NUJ Scotland, White Ribbon Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Women 50:50, Rape Crisis Scotland, Women for Independence and former MSP Carolyn Leckie.

Bursary winner Kirsty, from Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, is a social care student, campaigner for women’s rights and a mum of an 18-month-old daughter. Here is her first piece of work for The National.


DURING the independence referendum and more recently during the General Election campaign, much was made of the idea of a potential progressive new Scotland.

You see the word being bandied about on Twitter, almost used as an in-waiting badge for a country we so desperately want to be.

Most people will have their own interpretation of what that entails. Some already think Scotland is progressive in comparison to the rest of the UK, others recognise we still have some way to go.

For me personally, the epitome of progression is – with good intention in your heart – challenging conventions and practices that hold a country or its people back. That means looking at societal problems with a critical eye and asking ourselves – can we do more? Is this really the best we can do?

One such problem we face in Scotland, on a similar shameful scale as our counterparts in the rest of the UK, is the issue of male violence against women and girls. This is a complex social problem, encompassing domestic abuse, sexual violence and rape, as well as so-called "honour" crimes and forced marriage. These issues are multifaceted and nuanced. As such, the way the media report these crimes can sometimes exacerbate and inflame the discourse, rather than inform the reader. ...

 

Read more at The National.

 

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear that it is possible to write about DSVA without resorting to myths, misrepresentations, minimisation and victim blaming.

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