Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Alcohol

When it comes to sexual violence and alcohol, we need to focus on the perpetrator by Dr Bianca Fileborn

The association between alcohol and sexual violence has reared its head again in a spate of recent cases and subsequent public discussion. Most prominently, the Brock Turner case has brought our attention to alcohol consumption by both the victim and the perpetrator, while the Hunting Ground documentary has put a spotlight on the pervasive occurrence of sexual violence in more »

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Violence against women is not just a matter of drink

SOME people might think that reducing the alcohol guidance limit for men would be a positive factor in reducing instances of violence against women. That would certainly fit nicely in with the myth that alcohol itself acts as a personality-altering substance that turns otherwise normal men into violent abusers. It doesn’t, and we need to more »

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Magaluf Girl: Consent and Sexuality

Before starting, I think I should be transparent and say that I have my own issues with nightclubs and consent, you can read more here. Unless you live in one of those wonderful bubbles in which the popular “news” of the day passes you by, you will have probably seen the stories today circulating around more »

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A victimless crime? (Content Note)

An article in the Wall Street Journal written by the Editor [via Do Not Link] states that sexual violence involving alcohol is a ‘victimless crime’. One of our supporters has sent this piece in response: “I was drunk. Hammered actually. Had taken lots of drugs. Pretty culpable. He was sober. Didn’t drink so he could more »

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Just Add Alcohol. Neknominations and the risk of rape.

It’s been near impossible to avoid the controversy surrounding the latest social media craze, ‘Neknominations’, which as far as I can tell is the digital equivalent of dropping a penny in someone else’s pint – unsporting behaviour by anyone’s standards. You down a drink, nominate a few friends to do the same, and in typical more »

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Rape & Alcohol – what about the perpetrator’s choices?

Another day, another warning issued to women. This time, and not for the first time, it is the old adage – WOMEN. Know Your Limits. Irma Kurtz, Cosmopolitan agony aunt has shared her wisdom with BBC Woman’s Hour and reminded us that rape is ‘an assault with a weapon’ and warned that ‘drunkenness’ means women more »

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