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Adam Johnson: “besotted” and the implication of contributory negligence in child sexual abuse

Adam Johnson, who was convicted for child sexual abuse, has lost his challenge to the Court of Appeals. He will continue to serve 5 years for the sexual assault of a teenage girls. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was found in possession of extreme pornography. It is very clear that Johnson used his more »

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In the news – sexual harassment in the workplace and femicide

Sussex University failed duty of care to assault victim, inquiry finds by David Batty The University of Sussex failed in its duty of care to a student who was assaulted by a lecturer, taking only the perpetrator’s account of their relationship into account when assessing the risk he posed, according to an independent inquiry. The report comes more »

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In the news: coercive control and rape culture

Stanford Sexual Assault Case Survivor Emily Doe Speaks Out via @glamourmag  … From the beginning, I was told I was a best case scenario. I had forensic evidence, sober un­biased witnesses, a slurred voice mail, police at the scene. I had everything, and I was still told it was not a slam dunk. I thought, more »

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The Ched Evans case shows why we must start talking about consent by @sianushka

There’s a lot to be said about the Ched Evans case: its cultural significance, the legal wrangling around using a woman’s sexual history as evidence, the impact it has had and could have on a woman’s willingness to report rape, the list goes on. But perhaps most importantly it revealed a lot about our attitudes more »

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The Trump revelations show how much women are expected to ignore by @EvaWiseman

Tweet me your first assaults,” wrote Kelly Oxford after the Trump tape leaked. “I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my ‘pussy’ and smiles at me, I’m 12.” By Sunday the trickle of responses had become a stream, a river, the sea. Soon there were millions of women telling stories, often stories they’d never told anyone more »

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We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history by @VeraBaird

The footballer Ched Evans had much to say following his rape acquittal, and the weekend newspapers gave him a platform to say it. Now rape campaigners must come to terms with the legacy of his case. By clearing the way for two men to tell the jury they’d had sex with the complainant, the court of more »

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In the News: Ched Evans and Rape Culture

As with many organisations that work in the field of violence against women and girls, we have some quite serious concerns about the way in which the Ched Evans rape case has appeared in public. We have serious reservations about the legality of the website created by Evans’ family, the publication of CCTV footage of more »

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Louis Theroux’s new Jimmy Savile documentary is a horrible misstep by @ProfKarenBoyle

The original BBC documentary by Louis Theroux in 2000 about Jimmy Savile, the former British TV star thought to have sexually abused at least 500 women and children, was uncomfortable viewing even before his crimes were common knowledge.  … Theroux revisits the moment in his new documentary, Louis Theroux: Savile. It is a statement of Savile’s power that helps more »

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In the News 25.31

Canada judge critiques system in sexual assault case: ‘No one asks to be raped’ by Ashifa Kassam A judge in Ontario has used his verdict in a sexual assault trial to deliver a scathing critique of rape myths, the treatment of sexual assault complainants in Canada’s legal system and expectations on how survivors should act more »

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Dani Mathers and the reality of intimate images shared without consent

By now, everyone will have heard of the incident in which model Dani Mathers took an image of a naked woman in a gym without permission and posted it on her SnapChat with the caption “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either”. The media went with the headline ‘body shaming” when they first started covering the more »

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