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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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.@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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The Theft of Innocence: Voluntourism and Child Sexual Abuse

Trigger Warning: Article contains stories of rape and child sexual abuse On the 7th of March 2016, at an American district court in Oklahoma, twenty year old missionary Matthew Durham was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $15,863 in restitution after he was convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. I 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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Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school by Alex Renton

Winner Best Article – Comment & Features Write to End Violence Against Women Awards Alex Renton Rape, child abuse and Prince Charles’s former school The Observer It was the happiest time of the school year. Kate, which is not her real name, and her class of 12- and 13-year-olds would soon leave Aberlour House, their home for 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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