Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

child rape

.@perthnow suggests child rape is the same as a ‘sexual relationship’

  This article on the sentencing of a father for child rape is a catalogue of minimisation and excuses for child rape. It is literally a guide for defence attorneys and child rapists. This article is one of the most egregious examples of media erasure of male violence. We’re stunned that they used the term ‘sexual relationship’ more »

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.@BBC misusing the term ‘child porn’. Again.

“Glee actor Mark Salling charged over child porn possession” We have filed a formal complaint with the BBC about their use of the term ‘child porn’ in yet another headline. These are the facts of the case: Former Glee actor Mark Salling has been formally charged with two counts of receiving and possessing images of more »

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Associated Press will no longer be using the term ‘child prostitute’

We are very pleased to see that Associated Press now recommends that writers not use the word ‘prostitute’ to refer to children or teenagers who are forced into sexual exploitation following successful campaigning by the Human Rights Project for Girls (@Rights4Girls). There is no such thing as a ‘child prostitute’, ‘teenage prostitute’ or ‘underage sex worker’. more »

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What are the acceptable excuses for child rape – the case of Luke Grender

Luke Grender is an 18 year old who has admitted to raping a girl under the age of 13 three times. Grender was 16 – 17 at the time of the crime. He was given a suspended sentence by Judge Philip Richards at Newport Crown Court due to the “exceptional circumstance … (of) …heartbreak” experienced more »

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The BBC: still using the term ‘child porn’

Here we have the BBC, once again, using the term ‘child porn’ when they mean ‘still or video images of children being sexually abused, raped, and tortured. Peter Allott, who is the deputy head of St Benedict’s Catholic school in Ealing, has been charged with “possessing, showing and making category A indecent images of children”. more »

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.@nbcchicago You mean child sexual abuse, not ‘sex acts’.

Another day, another appalling headline in the media: ‘Worst of the Worst’: Ex-Pediatric Nurse Sentenced to 80 Years for Sex Acts with Infants This time from NBC Chicago. Michael Lutts pled guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of distributing images of children being sexually abuse. He also “admitted more »

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Dear @Independent, Nicki Minaj is not responsible for the actions of her brother. Name him.

Jelani Minaj has been charged with first degree rape and first degree course of sexual conduct against a 12 year old child in Nassau. He is currently on bail having posted the requisite $100 000 The Independent not only fails to mention Jelani Minaj in their tweet, they don’t even name Jelani Minaj until the more »

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Another judge blaming a child for being sexually assaulted

Los Angeles Unified School District argued last week that a 13 year old girl, who was sexually abused by her male teacher, was “partly to blame”. The teacher had already been convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The current court case is an appeal by the victim following an unsuccessful case against the more »

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A How Not To Guide on Teaching Children about Internet Safety

The video ‘The Dangers of Social Media” by Coby Persin has gone viral with 29 million hits. Supposedly, this video was created to teach parents how easy it is for a pedophile to groom a teenage girl. Instead, it’s a how to manual on publicly shaming and blaming three teenage girls. We won’t be linking more »

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There’s no allegedly about this rape.

The tragic case of the 11 yr old girl from Paraguay, who was denied an abortion in spite of fears the pregnancy and labour may be a risk to her life, featured in the news recently due to the birth of her baby daughter. She was delivered by C-section and weighed 6lb 6oz. I have more »

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