Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Myths

The normalisation of gendered violence:The importance of allowing women and girls to name their experience of violation as real.

I recently read a blog on The Guardian’s website describing how some male students at Oxford University are wearing white ribbons to protest against and acknowledge the very real experiences of their fellow female students of sexual violence and misogynistic behaviour on campus. The campaign ‘It Happens Here’ has seen a number of women come more »

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Barriers Continue to Thwart Victims Of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse From Accessing Services

The debate that revolves around the accessibility of essential services by victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse often reveals the inadequacies that exist and how agencies still lack visibility. This has time and again led to victims who are in desperate need of access to services, being left with no support. The lack of more »

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Ally Fogg and Naming the Problem

When does it become acceptable for a group of people to own an issue? Racism has killed white people and the families who lost their child are the victims of a heinous crime. But these were racially incited incidents, not a trend. White people do not have issues to fight because of their race; as a more »

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Ally Fogg, Mankind & the erasure of male violence

I quite liked the beginning of Ally Fogg’s latest piece, about the ManKind ad purporting to show the cruel indifference of the public to the silent plight of male victims of female domestic violence. I am not a fan of advertisements or public service broadcasts which purport to be scientific experiments. […] So while I’m more »

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Abuse is not…..something that men experience just as much as women.

(cross-posted with permission from Always Hopeful) Recently an advert from the organisation ‘Mankind Initiative’ who support male victims of domestic abuse has been doing the rounds. The advert concludes with the statistic that 40% of domestic abuse victims are men.You can read an article about the advert which contains a response to it from Women’s more »

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Max Clifford’s friend says he’s innocent

So Max Clifford gets found guilty at Southwark Crown Court and sentenced to 8 years in prison. His friend, Richard Hunt, UKIP member at national level is quoted as saying: “I don’t believe that the justice system is fair. He said to me ‘Why would they put him in prison for something he hasn’t done?’ more »

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Victim Blaming by Oxford Mail

I rarely visit local news outlets online websites. A link to an article stating the outcome to the inquiry into Thames Valley Police’s failings regarding the Oxford child rape gang was tweeted into my timeline so I followed to the Oxford Mail’s website to read the decision about how the police failed to protect a more »

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When Women and Girls Are Attacked by Men, We Blame Everything Except Male Violence

(Cross-posted with permission from Crates N Ribbons) Last Tuesday night, two teenage girls from India went out into the fields, looking for a place to relieve themselves, due to the lack of toilets in their village. On their way, they were brutally attacked by a group of men, gang-raped, and murdered. Their bodies were found the next day more »

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Men’s violence against women & obfuscation by the media

Recently an article was published on the BBC news website called Domestic Violence: One month’s death toll by Alex Morrison. It used the recent conviction of David Gikawa, who murdered Linah Keza last year, to ask how commonplace such crimes actually are. So far, so good. Domestic violence is a huge issue and it is more »

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Saturday’s Sun Newspaper

The front page of The Sun is “Emmerdale Star Rape Quiz” next to Kerry Katona 5 weeks post baby showing off her “fat” in a bikini and selling their diet regime, a family day out offer and a free pint. Inside the story gets even worse. I have Sun+ access as I’m a member of more »

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