Everyday Victim Blaming

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Child Sexual Exploitation

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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Police Scotland Online Safety Training: Factually Wrong & Inappropriate Language

I attended a workshop by Police Scotland on online safety. I was under the impression that it was aimed at arming parents with skills to talk to their children about online safety. Instead, it was full of inappropriate language and some fairly surprising factual inaccuracies. Within the first five minutes, we were given misinformation about more »

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Victim blaming by legal professionals; why the English courtroom is unfit for women and children

This is an open letter to the Attorney General written by a supporter of our campaign. They will be sending a copy of this letter to the AG’s office in one week. If you would like to sign your name to the letter, please write it in the comments under the post. You can also more »

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Sue Cook, Formerly of Crimewatch, says old, rich, famous men shouldn’t be accountable for child sexual abuse

Sue Cook, whose most recent claim to fame was as a member of Rolf Harris’ defence team, has said Operation Yewtree is presenting ” crimes committed 30 years ago … in the wrong context.” Apparently, old, rich, white famous men shouldn’t be held accountable for serial sexual abuse and rape because we don’t have the more »

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Child Sexual Exploitation – Groundhog Day

Child Sexual Exploitation is in the news again – the media are over-run with commentators who are wringing their hands, apologising, claiming that they’re not sure how they didn’t know, telling us that work is in progress to ‘remove this vile scourge’ from our communities. But what are we actually doing? We’ve looked over a more »

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Poor Gary Glitter was in a “bad place”

Gary Glitter breaks down in tears over child abuse images This is the BBC’s write-up of Glitter’s trial: Gary Glitter broke down in tears as he explained to jurors why he had been in possession of child abuse images. Sobbing uncontrollably, the 70-year-old said he had been in a bad place in his life, and more »

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We support Ann Coffey’s amendments to remove the term ‘child prostitute’ from legislation

We are very pleased to see Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, tabling amendements to the Serious Crime Bill which would see the term ‘child prostitute’ removed from legislation. We have been campaigning to see the removal of the term from language for several years now. The term ‘child prostitute’ suggests consent – that the child made an more »

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This is a scandal- but not in the way The Sun would have you believe.

‘Kids home girls in sex party shocker’ screams the front page of The Scottish Sun today, the behaviour of these young teen girls ‘a total disgrace’ according to one eye witness. Hang about.. What? Can we please just take a step back here? Firstly, the legal age of consent in Britain is 16 so those more »

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Looking at images of “child porn” is child sexual abuse

We have had a number of troubling comments submitted to our site following the publication of a letter of complaint to Channel 4 about their documentary “The Paedophile Next Door”. These comments follow the same pattern and all seek to minimise the crime of viewing images of children being sexually abused, raped and tortured. They more »

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