Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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Edinburgh Evening News: When a Perpetrators’ Career is more important than Sexual Assault

Sebastian Trotter was pled guilty to sexual assault and was placed on the sex register for six months, given a six-month offender’s supervision order, and ordered to pay the victim £500. The Edinburgh Evening News used this headline: “Newly-wed accountant’s career in ruins after sex attack”. Following complaints on twitter, the article heading was switched to more »

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The faceless woman

I want to raise the issue of the visual imagery that newspapers and websites use for articles about rape. I have just read this article on the Telegraph website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11729476/Sex-Why-I-was-celibate-for-5-years.html?placement=CB1 It isn’t specifically about rape, but it does refer to the fact that the female subject, and author of the article, is a rape survivor. more »

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We’re proud to be involved with the @WritetoEndVAW awards!

Our campaign seeks to end victim blaming in media representations of domestic and sexual violence. Every day see excruciatingly inappropriate, inaccurate and misleading media coverage of violence against women and girls. We see women and children blamed for being victims of male violence and excuses made for men who kill. We focus so much on more »

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Daily Mail: Still classing women as possessions of men.

We have written previously on the deeply misogynistic coverage of the death of Helen Nicoll. This front page of the Daily Mail is the final piece of evidence for our statement: Press make it clear women remain possessions of men – even in death. There is simply no excuse for this type of media coverage: more »