Everyday Victim Blaming

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Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism by @KGuilaine

Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang assaulted and racially abused by four French police officers in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. So severe were the anal injuries sustained by Theo that he needed major more »

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In the news – DV decriminalised in Russia and rape culture in British court rooms

Domestic violence reports soar in Russian city after partial decriminalisation by Rachel Roberts Reports of domestic violence have more than doubled in Russia’s fourth largest city since the Government reduced the punishmentfor spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. Police in Yekaterinburg responded to 350 incidents of domestic violence daily since the law was relaxed compared more »

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It’s always high drama. It’s somebody’s life at stake’: inside British rape trials

…  Woodhouse is one of 12 volunteers working as observers on rape trials at Newcastle crown court. Nine women and three men, they are social workers, nurses, academics and counsellors, some retired, some not. Since January 2015, they have sat on 30 trials and made a string of recommendations: that barristers meet their clients before a more »

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Ms – a personal experience of victim blaming an 11 year old girl by defence QC

We were contacted by witness protection and the CPS to let us know that the abuser was appealing in the royal courts of justice against his conviction and sentence, we were told that at the leave to appeal hearing his legal team would have the opportunity to present new evidence or evidence where incorrect procedure more »

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Men’s intrusion: rethinking street harassment by Fiona Vera-Gray

To capture the impact of ‘street harassment’ on women’s sense of self, we may need to rethink our language to better fit the lived experience. … Attention to women’s experiences of intrusive men in public space is having something of a resurgence. Traditionally one of the most understudied yet commonly experienced forms of violence against women, more »

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Man convicted of owning 137 000 images of children being sexually abused is spared jail to start family

Richard Arrowsmith was found in position of 137 000 images and 4336 videos of child sexual abuse that he had downloaded over 4 years. 400 videos were class A (the most extreme), 255 were in category B. 186 films and 851 images were in category c. “There were 1,692 movies and images ranging from Category more »

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Trapped

My gentleman and I have been friends and lovers for six years, the basis of our relationship is the solid friendship we share. Until Yesterday. When he asked me during a time when I was missing last year, how many times did I have sex. I am legally blind, have diagnosed PTSD, and am dependent more »

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In the news (14.11)

10 tips for preventing violence against women in the workplace by @ZTScotland With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence at some point in their lives, the likelihood of staff experiencing abuse or harassment is high, be that at home, at work, or of an everyday nature such as “banter”. These can have negative impacts on more »

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Dealing with a not guilty verdict

I was sexually assaulted by my babysitter when I was around 8 years old, the fact that I didn’t know exactly what age I was seemed to be of particular interest to the defence, but at that age I didn’t know what was happening let alone have the foresight to note the date or my more »

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Anonymity for accused in rape trials serves only to protect rapists

Giving suspects anonymity  in crimes of rape and other forms of sexualised violence is antithetical to a victim-centred justice system. There is no legal or ethical defence that justifies anonymity for suspects in rape cases and every evidence that anonymity serves only to protect rapists from the criminal justice system. You only have to examine the more »

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