Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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The reporting of India Chipchase’s murder shows the true extent of Britain’s rape culture by @sarahditum

What did the media see in her that made her the perfect victim? The grotesque answer is, the same things as the man who murdered her did. Why India Chipchase? For the Sun, it must have been the booze: “Woman ‘drank six Jagerbombs in ten minutes on the night she was raped and murdered” went the 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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.@Key103 : What accurate reporting of male violence looks like

Inspired by our participation with the Write to End Violence Against Women awards organised by Zero Tolerance, we are now collecting examples of good journalism and writing about domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The media has a powerful role in ending victim blaming culture and male violence against women and girls. We want to recognise those media more »

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There is an epidemic of missing women and girls of colour in the UK

As a child, I watched family members laid to rest with nothing but a sheet of white cloth around their bodies. We go to the earth as we come from it — naked and equal. Only, the imposed hierarchy from ones birth may impact greatly on the manner in which we receive a persons’ passing. 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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Tabloid leering at violent crime is leading to a race to bottom

BLOGGER Kirsty Strickland, who has been awarded a bursary by the Write to End Violence Against Women 2015 campaign, writes her second article for The National today analysing how women are portrayed in the media. The 25-year-old campaigning mum, from Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, won the chance to have her articles published the The National, media partner 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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