Everyday Victim Blaming

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Michael Beck: Why labelling men who kill as ‘non-violen’t is irresponsible journalism

Every single week, 2 men in England and Wales make a choice to kill their current or former partner. Despite the fact that these men consistently have a history of domestic violence, the media insists on reporting comments from random neighbours claiming that these men are ‘caring fathers’, ‘loving brothers’, ‘quiet neighbours’,  and, as above, ‘non more »

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.@perthnow suggests child rape is the same as a ‘sexual relationship’

  This article on the sentencing of a father for child rape is a catalogue of minimisation and excuses for child rape. It is literally a guide for defence attorneys and child rapists. This article is one of the most egregious examples of media erasure of male violence. We’re stunned that they used the term ‘sexual relationship’ more »

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A woman and 2 children are murdered. The media reports about John Lennon’s former flat.

Update: The victims have since been identified as Arena Saeed and her children Shadia Salem (6) and Rami Saeed, (4). A woman and 2 children have been murdered in what the police are once again calling “a domestic incident” – as though murder were nothing more than an argument about whose turn it was to wash more »

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The erasure of Claire and Charlotte Hart by the media

This letter was written by Paula Cleary in response to an article by journalist Amy Collett in the Fenland Citizen. Cleary originally posted this letter on her Facebook page and has asked for it be shared widely to honour the lives of Claire and Charlotte Hart who were murdered on the 19th of July in more »

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Is it legal to reveal the identity of child victims of sexual abuse?

We were sent a link to this post by Media Diversified: Is it legal to reveal the identity of child victims of sexual abuse? which questions the publication of images of child victims of sexual violence in Kenya by Buzzfeed covering the story of a young Australian woman who used the photos to raise funds for them more »

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“Who is Daniel Holtzclaw” : on media taking responsibility for supporting rape culture

Today, we were sent a link to an article about convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw in SB Nation, which is an online sports media brand. The article had been removed owing to its appalling content. The formal response from SB Nation is as follows: We’ve seen media pull articles before but not a response quite so 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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Media spotting patterns when it suits them

Newspapers are notoriously bad at spotting patterns. Perhaps you can do better. On Tuesday, courtesy of the Daily Mail’s Manila correspondent, we were treated to a piece of the most appalling racist polemic. Yesterday, the same paper dished up out and out silence on the roots of VIP child abuse. Compare, contrast – and weep! more »

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The Medical Profession Still Doesn’t Take Womens’ Mental Health Seriously

A doctor has been suspended for telling a patient to kill herself. The case has taken three years to come before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. It started in 2011 when a woman patient went to the doctor about her medication and suicidal ideation. The doctor told her to go home and kill herself. ‘Shocking, more »

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