Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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Compulsory testifying for victims of sexual and domestic violence is Antithetical to Victim-Centred Justice

We are very concerned about the recent article by Amanda Marcotte in Slate which approves of the arrest as a material witness of a victim of sexual violence in Washington. The specifics of the case Marcotte references are here, however, rather than addressing that  case in particular we want to make our position clear on more »

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Another Man, Another Ridiculous Sentence

I’m horrified by this story of a man who gets a non-sentence for assuaulting a woman in her own home.  Particularly striking is the fact that “she was terrified and needed to relax” during the assualt and that he’d “got a bit naughty”.  Apparently it’s all ok though as his offence wasn’t as serious as more »

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Filicide: An example of why our campaign is necessary

We have been sent a post recently which discusses the issue of men who murder their children, the act of filicide. It was sent into us in response to the news that Julian Stevenson had taken his own life, prior to his trial in France for the murder of both of his children. As an more »

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Not guilty verdict for a clearly guilty man

Hello, Having used all remaining reserves to get through my child’s birthday, Christmas and New Year, I am left feeling quite angry, in shock and within that a very real sense of despair. 35 years ago I was sexually abused by 2 men; one a relative by marriage, the other a boyfriend of my mother. more »

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A Rapist Walks Free: Because he was Stoned

Sean Devenney admitted to sexually assaulting several women at T in the Park as well as performing a sex act in front of others. Yet, a Scottish court returned a “not proven” verdict. Devenney admitted to the crime and there were witnesses yet a jury returned a “not proven” verdict. Sean Devenney’s mitigating defence: he more »

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The law has failed: what’s next?

One thing has become clear from following the @EVB_Now Twitter feed and reading the fantastic submissions on their blog – the law regarding consent does not work. Hardly a day goes by without us being treated to another horrific story of a rapist walking free because there is not enough evidence to prove conclusively that more »

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