Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

child sexual abuse

.@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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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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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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Man convicted of owning 137 000 images of children being sexually abused is spared jail to start family

Richard Arrowsmith was found in position of 137 000 images and 4336 videos of child sexual abuse that he had downloaded over 4 years. 400 videos were class A (the most extreme), 255 were in category B. 186 films and 851 images were in category c. “There were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category more »

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Perpetrator of child sexual abuse walks free from court

Gina Owen, who pled guilty to two counts of ‘causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity’ was sentenced only to a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim and placed on the  sexual offenders registry for only 2 years. The judge’s summation claimed that: “community order could put you in more »

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CSE is not self-harm

During a meeting where were discussing the definition of self-harm (I work in Mental health) someone who works with young people said that ‘you could say that CSE is a form of self-harm’. This is my response to that. No CSE is not self-harm. Saying CSE is a form of self-harm is dangerous, it places more »

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Neil Deller: Men who view images of children being sexually abused are high risk perpetrators

Neil Deller received a community order, will have to attend an “internet sex offender treatment programme”, and “five-year sexual harm prevention order under which his internet activity is controlled and monitored”. Deller pled guilty to seven offences “involving downloading and possession of child porn”. He was found in possession of “3,500 images and videos of child 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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