Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Jimmy Savile

Louis Theroux’s new Jimmy Savile documentary is a horrible misstep by @ProfKarenBoyle

The original BBC documentary by Louis Theroux in 2000 about Jimmy Savile, the former British TV star thought to have sexually abused at least 500 women and children, was uncomfortable viewing even before his crimes were common knowledge.  … Theroux revisits the moment in his new documentary, Louis Theroux: Savile. It is a statement of Savile’s power that helps more »

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The scale of historical sexual abuse in the UK is a catastrophe. We need catharsis. by Beatrix Campbell

Lowell Goddard has told us what we know – that sexual crimes against children are too big, too tolerated and altogether too much. Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned from the inquiry into historical child abuse last month, said in a memo to MPs that there was “an inherent problem in the sheer scale and size more »

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In the News 14.5-20.5

What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime by @EvaWiseman It is a year since revenge porn became a crime. Last week a father was arrested after posting pictures of women online (including one who was pregnant, and doctored photos of a 15-year-old girl), commenting underneath one that he would “pay £100 to rape her”. Despite Women’s more »

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Witch hunt is the stuff of Hitlers dreams

Do we laugh or do we cry spring to mind. Neither as the statement which appeared in the telegraph by Dan Hodge* is just a ludicrous headline used to grab attention. It certainly has done that and shone the light on the journalist who wrote it and not in a positive light I might add. Yes more »

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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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Jimmy Savile – Excuses, Cover-ups and Ignorance.

The information contained in the Jimmy Savile reports will not be a surprise to those who have been following this horrific case. Aside from sexually assaulting women & children who were both patients & staff of NHS facilities, it is clear that he sexually assaulted dead people – after being given unfettered access to the more »

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A Complaint to the BBC on coverage of the trials of Rolf Harris & Stuart Hall

(This was submitted via their online complaints site which has a limited number of characters) You have listed articles on the trials for child sexual violence of Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall and Freddie Starr under the heading of “entertainment”. These are not articles about entertainment. They are about 3 adult men charged with (or pending more »

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A week in journalism is a long time: the reporting of the trial and verdict of Max Clifford

As another high profile trial commences, with jury selection today (Tuesday 6th May 2014) for 12 charges of indecent assault allegedly committed by Rolf Harris, I would hope for better reporting than we have seen of the Max Clifford trial. This piece by Martin Robbins from the New Statesman on Saturday 3rd May, is without more »

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