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In the news: male violence, family courts, and child sexual exploitation

Party leaders’ response to questions from women’s groups on ending abuse published from EVAW Judge vows to ban domestic abusers from cross-examining victims in his court by Owen Bowcott … Mr Justice Hayden pledged, in a judgment that described how a mother suffered at the hands of a violent husband who beat her and threatened to kill more »

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In the news: rape culture and male violence

‘Pull it out, take it off, put it back in’: A man explains why he stealths women by@rachel_hosie Stealthing – the act of non-consensually removing a condom during sex – has been the subject of much discussion since a study into the act was published last month. Rape Crisis have condemned stealthing as a sex crime, and this more »

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In the News: women’s right to vote, elderly perpetrators, and CSA

A Woman’s Right to Vote via @womensaid When people learn that domestic abuse can deny a woman her right to vote, they can hardly believe it. But it’s true: the provisions for anonymous registration on the electoral roll exclude many domestic abuse survivors. With support, however, it is possible for some to exercise their democratic more »

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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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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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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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Custody in Crisis – Family Courts enabling and supporting abusive fathers.

Salon has published a searing indictment of the family courts in the US investigating the frequency with which violent fathers are given sole custody of their children despite documented medical evidence of physical and sexual abuse. It examines the role that “parental alienation syndrome” – something that the American Psychological Association does not recognise – more »

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