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The Ched Evans case shows why we must start talking about consent by @sianushka

There’s a lot to be said about the Ched Evans case: its cultural significance, the legal wrangling around using a woman’s sexual history as evidence, the impact it has had and could have on a woman’s willingness to report rape, the list goes on. But perhaps most importantly it revealed a lot about our attitudes more »

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The Ched Evans case puts rape reform back 30 years by @rapecrisisscot

We were shocked and horrified to see the use of such blatantly prejudicial sexual history evidence in the Ched Evans retrial. Like Scotland, England and Wales has legislation in place to restrict defence lawyers using evidence of a rape complainer’s sexual history; however as with Scotland, the English/Welsh legislation does not ban the use of more »

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We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history by @VeraBaird

The footballer Ched Evans had much to say following his rape acquittal, and the weekend newspapers gave him a platform to say it. Now rape campaigners must come to terms with the legacy of his case. By clearing the way for two men to tell the jury they’d had sex with the complainant, the court of more »

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The case of Nate Parker: on rape culture in Hollywood

Nate Parker is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. His new film The Birth of a Nation premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January. Within days of the film festival, news of Parker’s involvement in a multiple perpetrator rape whilst attending Penn State, in which he was found not guilty, began to make the rounds of social more »

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In the News (15.8-22.8)

“A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment via @cwarzel On May 22, 2008, Ariel Waldman ran out of options. Waldman, then a community manager and blogger, had signed up for Twitter in March 2007 and in months had become one of the platform’s 100 most followed accounts. She was, by her own more »

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Bristol Post call child sexual abuse a “sex romp”

The Bristol Post have joined the Bath Chronicle in referring to the sexual abuse of a child as a “sex romp”. Despite the fact that John Harrasin-Worgan had pled “guilty to three charges of having sexual activity with a child … (and) causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity”, the Bristol Post thinks more »

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A master class in how not to write about the sexual abuse of a child by Bath Chronicle

The Bath Chronicle’s new article on a 21 year old man who is on trial for ‘having sex’ with a 14 year old is a master class in how not to write about sexual abuse: Man admits two-day sex sessions with girlfriend teenager, says age of consent law is “ridiculous” Harrasin-Worgan can claim the age more »

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.@BBCthree response to our complaint about #sexontrial – complete with victim blaming.

This is the response from the BBC to our complaint about the program Is this rape? Sex on Trial. The limit on characters means we cannot put in a proper evidenced complaint. We will be raising this issue further, but we encourage everyone to send in formal complaints so that the BBC understands the breadth more »

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angry at #sexontrail

PART 1 THE PARTY. First of all, in my opinion, separating the boys from the girls in order to watch this because it may be uncomfortable is not only pointless, but pathetic, why? because rape is not comfortable for anyone to watch, whether alone or in a group setting, so being in a room with more »

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Media misrepresentations of sexual violence: The BBC

The BBC is a frequent offender in the category: media misrepresentations of sexual violence. They seem incapable of using the correct terms for child sexual violence and child rape by constantly referring to ‘sex acts’. Today’s offensive article is: Teachers Daniel Cochrane and Andrew Green banned for sex acts with girl. Cochrane and Green were more »

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