Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

child sexual abuse

In the News: domestic violence, rape culture and access to justice

This Missouri City Banishes Domestic Violence Survivors for Calling the Police by Sandra Park via @aclu In 2012, the city of Maplewood, Missouri ordered Rosetta Watson to vacate her home. But the city wasn’t done punishing Watson yet and also barred her from living anywhere in the city for six months. Her offense? She called more »

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Tortured and silenced.

i am a victim of rape violence and murder. I have had no voice, almost all my life my mum married my dad when she was very young, beaten almost daily. My sister and I arrived and we witnessed terrible violence, we lived in a nice house, had nice clothes to the outside world we more »

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In the News – on austerity, “revenge porn” and child sexual abuse

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity | Frances Ryan That “austerity is a feminist issue” is now a well-used idiom does not mean it’s any less true. Look at the latest gender breakdown of cuts released this month and what’s striking is that nothing’s changing. According to Sarah Champion, the shadow equalities more »

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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: on child protection policies & sexual harassment

Greening drops plans to allow councils to opt out of child protection laws by Peter Walker The government has backed down from plans to allow councils to opt out of a series of legal obligations to vulnerable children that critics say threatened protections built up over decades. The planned changes were criticised by charities, social work more »

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anonymous (content note for child rape)

I dont really know why Im being drawn to write this, Ive only shared this once, but maybe it will help some other ladies along their road towards healing. I am a 42 year old woman, married with 3 teenage girls. I struggled intense emotional abuse at the hands of my mom throughout my childhood, more »

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Incredible guilt and shame (content note)

Omg, just came across this. Been trying to process this all… Crying. I was never able to think of it in any other way than it being me.. You just explained a whole different aspect of it! Okay, so here it goes…this is not easy, but I’ll try. Courage, right?! The thing about arousal, excitement more »

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Ms – a personal experience of victim blaming an 11 year old girl by defence QC

We were contacted by witness protection and the CPS to let us know that the abuser was appealing in the royal courts of justice against his conviction and sentence, we were told that at the leave to appeal hearing his legal team would have the opportunity to present new evidence or evidence where incorrect procedure more »

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In the News – the global context of violence against women and girls

‘Impunity has consequences’: the women lost to Mexico’s drug war by Nina Lakhani in Jalapa Lizbeth Amores dropped off her son at her mother’s house before heading to a house party with her friend Verenice Guevara. They were last seen at a bar popular with local gangsters. The following night, María de Jesús Marthen was more »

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