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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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In the News (18.7.16)

Oscar Pistorius sentence: an homage to celebrity and white privilege by Ranjeni Munusamy Faced with the prospect of a 15-year prison sentence for murder, few people would opt to tell their life story in a lengthy interview with an international television station. Then again, most of us do not lead such exceptional lives. Most of us do more »

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In the News 27.6 – 4.7

Why Germans Are So Angry About This Rape Case by Anna Silman As the Stanford rape case has sparked a flurry of debate over the way U.S. courts fail to punish rapists, in Germany, another case is igniting a movement to reform Germany’s retrograde sexual-assault laws. German model and reality-TV star Gina-Lisa Lohfink claimed that two men drugged and more »

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In the News: 13.6-20.6

The Stanford rape and the social media effect by Winnie M Li At the time of my own rape, I found myself Googling news stories and reading what complete strangers were saying about it. Yet, nowhere was there a place for me, the victim, to speak. The Stanford rape victim and social media have changed more »

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.@BBCNews still conflating sex with rape – the David de Gea allegations

The BBC has form for misleading and minimising headlines. They also very rarely take any notice of formal complaints made by members of the public who work in the field of violence against women and girls. This is the text of the complaint we submitted to the BBC: The title of the article is misleading more »

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In the New 28.5 -4.6

A Woman’s Story: My Personal Experience of Going Through the Policing and Judicial System After Being Raped by anonymous. The purpose of this case study is to present the reader with an insight into and understanding of a journey, outwith my control, which began on the night I was raped. Please always keep at the front more »

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Amber Heard, and the grotesque disparity in how men and women are treated in cases of domestic violence

Imagine you’re in a pub, having a quiet drink, and a woman walks in with bruises down her face, and says, “Can you please keep my husband away from me? He did this.” You’d believe her, right? Sit her down, order her a brandy, call the police and give her your coat to keep her more »

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As the Johnny Depp domestic abuse claims reveal, we are too quick to make excuses for men we admire by @sarahditum 

Maybe he didn’t do it. Maybe that man you care about didn’t do that awful thing to the woman you don’t care about very much. Maybe this time, of all the times, is Gone Girl in real life and that man you like – the sports star one, or the actor one, or the musician one, I’m more »

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The Legacy Of The Kobe Bryant Rape Case

On June 30, 2003, Kobe Bryant arrived at the Cordillera Lodge and Spa in Edwards, Colorado. After a frustrating season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers fail to win a fourth straight championship, Bryant was in town for an operation on his knee. A 19-year-old concierge at the hotel showed the superstar and his security more »

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