Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Children’s Services

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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wrongly blamed from social workers with little knowledge on the signs of emotional and psychological abuse

Being a victim of domestic abuse is one thing but when I requested supported for my child I was told they would make a referral. I asked for two years for the referral whilst suffering emotional and psychological abuse from my ex partner. Not only as a women are you expected to continue to safeguard more »

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Barnardos is accused of blaming a victim for their sexual abuse

This is a major headline today with a number of media outlets covering the story. We are not surprised to learn that an employee of the children’s charity Barnardos wrote a letter in 1993 to survivor of child sexual exploitation, abuse and rape hold them responsible for the abuse. Victim blaming culture is endemic – more »

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Melanie Shaw & the consequences of child sexual exploitation

By David E P Dennis FCIPD LCGI RAF The amount of child and adult sexual abuse being revealed is not an epidemic but a plague. Collusive behaviour by anyone in power who supports paedophilia enables secret abuse to go on. There is no mandatory reporting. Social Services are understaffed and underfunded and that state mirrors more »

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Shaun Wright – When will he face what he did?

In The Times today a report by Andrew Norfolk and and Billy Kember states that Shaun Wright knew for years that local girls were being “groomed and ruthlessly abused by men” in Rotherham.The majority of the people who have looked at this case since the Alexis Jay report have shaken their heads sadly at the more »

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David Aaronovitch’s and the “Classic Panic” over Child Sexual Abuse

We were extremely concerned when we read David Aaronovitch’s column “Let’s See Some Evidence. Then We Can Panic” published in the Times on July 10th. As a general rule of thumb, anyone who refers to public inquiries and investigative journalism into organised child sexual abuse rings as “paedogeddon” is already starting from a position of more »

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An 11 year old girl has a “romantic” relationship with a 60 year old man

This is the reason given by Italy’s top appeals court to annul a 5 year sentence for child sexual abuse. Apparently, the 11 year old girl and a 60 year old were in a “romantic relationship” and the 11 year old is ” in love” with a 60 year old man. Details on the case more »

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The Scapegoating of Amanda Hutton

UK’s malestream media has avidly sensationalised the trial of Amanda Hutton who has just been convicted of manslaughter by gross neglect whereby she deliberately starved her 4 year old son to death. Malestream media printed graphic details of Amanda Hutton’s supposedly ‘sordid lifestyle’ because not only is she addicted to drugs and alcohol but she more »

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No Discussion.

I was taken into ‘care’ when I was younger. Needless to say, children’s homes back then weren’t much different than they sound now (think the Oxford case). I regularly disappeared – I’d not bother telling anyone where I was going, I was hanging around with a much older group, basically trying to be an adult more »

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