Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Child Abuse

Supervised Visitation Hurting Children Helping Abusers: Erring on the Side of Risking Children

Our campaign was founded in response to media coverage of two events: The ‘Oxford gang case’ in which vulnerable girls were blamed for the sexual exploitation and the murder of Matthew and Carla Stevenson by their father on the very first unsupervised contact he had been given because of his long history of violence against more »

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In the News: rape culture, male violence and financial child abuse

What happens at a forensic medical examination following a rape or sexual assault via Edinburgh Rape Crisis Nobody wants to have a rape exam. No one. That is a realistic place to start. This is not going to be great – but it does not have to make your trauma worse.  I am a senior more »

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In the news – DV decriminalised in Russia and rape culture in British court rooms

Domestic violence reports soar in Russian city after partial decriminalisation by Rachel Roberts Reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia’s fourth largest city since the Government reduced the punishmentfor spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. Police in Yekaterinburg responded to 350 incidents of domestic violence daily since the law was relaxed compared more »

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The Scottish Write to End Violence Against Women and Girls Award!

The Write to End Violence Against Women Awards Nominations close on Sept. 30! Violence against women is often in the news. Its prevalence in society makes it a ‘hot topic’ for reporters and its complex nature makes it an interesting issue for feature writers. However, the fact that violence against women is so complex can mean that more »

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Refusal to pay maintenance is a form of child abuse.

Today is Father’s Day. Whilst the media, and all high street shops, celebrate men, we’d like to raise the issue of financial abuse of children. We want to talk about all the children in the UK currently living in poverty because their fathers, and it is overwhelmingly men, refuse to pay child maintenance. A report more »

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Poppi Worthington: back to the future of child protection politics by

Poppi Worthington’s happy photo – her smile, her baby teeth and fluffy red jacket – joins the gallery of children whose deaths have haunted the political history of childhood for half a century. These iconic infants’ lives and deaths challenge the approach to violence, cruelty and neglect by children’s services and police. Poppi Worthington brings more »

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“good and loving fathers” do not kill their children

Paul Thomas has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his 11 month old son Oliver Sargent who died in 2012. Thomas’s wife Ashlea was convicted of “causing or allowing the death of her child” and given a two year suspended sentence. Oliver died in hospital after suffering a severe skull fracture. He also had more »

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Child Sexual Exploitation – Groundhog Day

Child Sexual Exploitation is in the news again – the media are over-run with commentators who are wringing their hands, apologising, claiming that they’re not sure how they didn’t know, telling us that work is in progress to ‘remove this vile scourge’ from our communities. But what are we actually doing? We’ve looked over a more »

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The Daily Mirror Continues to Report Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham Inappropriately

The cover of a recent edition of The Mirror: Girl, 13, told ‘your rape complaint will spoil the police doctor’s Sunday lunch’ The teenager was allegedly attacked in scandal-hit Rotherham and told her mother when she was drunk Firstly, Rotherham is not “scandal-hit”. This implies the city of Rotherham has been out committing petty theft more »

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The Rotherham report- an alternative view response.

It is with a heavy heart that I read the recently published article The Rotherham inquiry- An alternative view Honestly, after seeing the responses the article received from readers on social media I was expecting it to be an unpleasant article, what I wasn’t expecting was it to read like an all out victim blaming more »

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