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Challenging rape culture: boycott Poldark

Generally speaking, the representation of sexualised violence in television and film is frequently inappropriate, misleading and offensive. The exceptions to this rule are almost always due to the fact that the writers and directors have reached out to specialist service providers for support in ensuring that they represent reality – Eastenders work with Rape Crisis England/Wales 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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The Trump revelations show how much women are expected to ignore by @EvaWiseman

Tweet me your first assaults,” wrote Kelly Oxford after the Trump tape leaked. “I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my ‘pussy’ and smiles at me, I’m 12.” By Sunday the trickle of responses had become a stream, a river, the sea. Soon there were millions of women telling stories, often stories they’d never told anyone more »

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The Naming of Elena Ferrante

The identity of Elena Ferrante is a secret well-guarded by her publisher. At the request of Ferrante. Ferrante has made it clear on multiple occasions that she does not want her art confused with her real life. This may not seem something that our campaign would necessarily concern ourselves with but there are multiple reasons more »

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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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MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families, by Sandra Laville

The government must carry out a full review of family courts to stop them being used by violent men to perpetuate abuse against their partners and children, MPs have said. … MPs were debating research by Women’s Aid which revealed that between 2005 and 2015, 19 children in 12 families were killed by violent fathers who had more »

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Whatever she says, Theresa May has failed victims of domestic violence – Sarah Champion

On Wednesday at PMQs Theresa May claimed that this government has a “very good record on domestic violence”. I’m not certain what record she is referring to, but it’s not one that I recognise. In the United Kingdom, on average, two women are killed by their current partner or a former partner every week. Children lose their mother, more »

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Rape Culture Is Surveillance Culture by @Scaachi

…. Often, people seem to describe rape as an unfortunate accident, two drunk bodies colliding: It’s more about miscommunication than intentionally ignoring a lack of consent, or actively seeking a body and mind that can’t say no. Rape culture doesn’t flourish by error. It’s a methodical operation so ingrained in our public consciousness, we don’t more »

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It’s not victim blaming, it’s woman blaming by Sonia Orchard

Can we please stop this talk of victim-blaming? We don’t have a problem with victim-blaming in our society. We have a problem with woman-blaming. Teenage victims of the recent Australian school porn ring have reportedly been told that they brought the problem upon themselves by sharing nude images. Girls at one school have even been more »

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