Everyday Victim Blaming

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Why is Dane Bowers’ bank balance more important than his crime?

This article was written by Polly Neate, CEO of Women's Aid, and first published on 2.11.15.

Another week, another high-profile case of male violence against a woman.

Another case that demonstrates the ridiculous level of importance attached to the ability of a man in the public eye to maintain his reputation - compared to the level of regard for a woman’s access to justice.

The fact that he denies the charge is repeated in media coverage, despite his conviction.

Dane Bowers, the former pop-star, convicted of assaulting his girlfriend Sophia Cahill, has just received a suspended jail sentence.

The judge has not sent him to prison because of the long-term impact to Bowers’ reputation. What about the long-term impact to Cahill’s life?

 

Read more here.

 

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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