Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Child Sexual Exploitation

Survivors Voices

The importance of survivors voices and thinking about ‘dual roles’ (survivors who are professionals) The book Not My Shame is available here. Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism about domestic and sexual violence and abuse to make it clear 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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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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1/3 of police forces are “inadequate” in dealing with child protection.

This week, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary published a report into child protection called In Harm’s Way: The Role of Police in Keeping Children Safe. No one who actually works in child protection or is involved in child safe-guarding will be surprised by the findings of this report. The HMIC “examined 576 case involving children, from across more »

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The Reality of Ritual Abuse in the UK; or, why David Aaronovitch is wrong

Open Democracy has published a very important two-part article from journalist Bea Campbell in response to the deeply problematic David Aaronovitch radio program on ritual abuse. Ritual abuse of children does exist. There have been a number of successful prosecutions of adults for committing satanic ritual abuse, as there have been with other forms of ritual more »

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Daily Mirror conflates multi-perpetrator child rape with sex

Today, the Daily Mirror published an article with a title claiming a child “slept with” 60 men whilst passed around a paedophile group. These are the actual charges: Vikram Singh, 45, Harmohan Nangpal, 41, Asif Hussain, 33, Arshad Jani, 33, Mohammed Imran, 38, Faisal Iqbal, 32, Taimoor Khan, 28, Akbari Khan, 36, Jerome Joe, 35, Sajad more »

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Formal Complaint to the BBC re: Aaronovitch’s misleading programme on ritual abuse

This is a formal complaint from RASAC South London. As we’ve noted previously, the BBC only allows a limited number of characters in their complaint forms making it difficult to enumerate the ways in which the programme hosted by David Aaronovitch was misleading and inappropriate. We are writing in support of the claims made by more »

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Richard Littlejohn, Jimmy Savile & the Need for an Independent Press Commission

Richard Littlejohn’s most recent post in the Daily Mail is deeply offensive on numerous levels. Supposedly, it is meant to be Littlejohn’s ‘opinion’ on who he would like to win the election on Thursday. It is a truly depressing state of affairs when ‘political debate’ involves insulting statements about the physical appearance of candidates. At more »

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CEOP victim blame a child in video to end child sexual exploitation

CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) is part of the UK National Crime Agency. It’s mission statement involves the following works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from more »

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