Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse


Michael Fabricant, jokes, political correctness and context

(cross-posted with permission from Libertarian Lou’s Blog) Michael Fabricant doesn’t seem to take much seriously. So it’s not surprising to me that he thinks it’s a right old laugh to joke about punching a Muslim woman in the throat if she gets a bit too opinionated for his liking. As the defenders of ‘political incorrectness’ like to more »

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A punch in the throat.

As has been widely reported, Tory MP Michael Fabricant decided in his wisdom to publish a tweet where he declared that if he ever appeared on TV with Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown he might want to “punch her in the throat.” As a survivor of domestic violence, and a woman who has been punched in the throat more »

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Barriers to Reporting – “those women” and “those men”

Two of the pillars that underpin the many barriers to reporting domestic and sexual violence are the myths of “those women” and “those men”. Those women are weak, dishevelled, vulnerable.  They stare out at us from sexual and domestic abuse awareness posters, with their black eyes and tear-filled eyes.  When we experience abuse we don’t more »

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My letter to Leadership Journal, Christianity Today & #TakeThatPostDown:

On June 9th, Leadership Journal (part of Christianity Today) published a piece – several pages long – by a youth pastor convicted of sexual abuse of a child. I will not link to it: it is horrific in its justifications, appalling it it’s narrative. Needless to say one section of the internet at least has more »

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Survivor Privilege, Fairies, Unicorns and Other Myths – a response to George Will

Survivor Privilege, Fairies, Unicorns and Other Myths (In response to the George Will article which appeared in both the New York Post and the Washington Post, also referenced by Think Progress here: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/06/09/3446557/washington-post-college-rape/). Washington Post pundit George Will has finally blown the whistle on the big secret – those of us who have been lucky more »

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Max Clifford’s friend says he’s innocent

So Max Clifford gets found guilty at Southwark Crown Court and sentenced to 8 years in prison. His friend, Richard Hunt, UKIP member at national level is quoted as saying: “I don’t believe that the justice system is fair. He said to me ‘Why would they put him in prison for something he hasn’t done?’ more »

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Victim Blaming by Oxford Mail

I rarely visit local news outlets online websites. A link to an article stating the outcome to the inquiry into Thames Valley Police’s failings regarding the Oxford child rape gang was tweeted into my timeline so I followed to the Oxford Mail’s website to read the decision about how the police failed to protect a more »

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The BBC and reporting male violence…Again

I seem to be on a mission with the BBC and their reporting at the moment. As with this article, some might call it inevitable. The problem I have with the article is part of a wider pattern of BBC reporting on male violence against women. Peter Foster murdered his partner. He killed a woman more »

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We need to talk about men’s violence.

I’m feeling thoroughly disheartened at the moment. A year into this campaign and change is grindingly and appallingly slow. It set me thinking about why this might be – we know our work is valuable; we’ve generated an enormous amount of support to confirm this. My question is – what is stopping us (as campaigners), more »

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Children who ‘sell’ sexual services.

So an account that seeks to challenge the damaging myths and untruth about prostitution/sex work was a subject of controversy today. This time, it was a damaging myth about children who are raped. The tweeter from @whorephobia believes that children can be sexworkers. Their core belief is that people who choose sex work have agency more »

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