Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Racism

The murder of Jo Cox

Jo Cox, the Laboour MP for Batley and Spen, is the 57th woman to be murdered in the UK in 2016 by a male perpetrator. Whilst the police have yet to confirm the name of the perpetrator, named as Thomas Mair by the media, or eyewitness accounts of Mair shouting ‘Britain First’, what we do know is more »

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UN: “Sex with children is prohibited”

We’d like to say we’re shocked by this poster at a UN compound in South Sudan, but we’re not. It is no different to many other poster campaigns created by police forces across the globe: minimisation of language and failure to name the problem. Perpetrators. Perpetrators of sexual abuse, rape and murder in war zones more »

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Officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been found guilty of rape.

We were very pleased to see a jury conviction in the trial of police officer Daniel Holtzclaw this week. We have been following the case since we first came across coverage in the online media For Harriet in September 2014. As with many activists, we did not believe that Holtzclaw, a white police officer, would more »

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#SayHerName – Black Lives Matter

We’ve rounded up some of the media coverage of #SayHerName #BlackWomenMatter protest. #SayHerName: Resisting Police Brutality of Black Women #SayHerName: Black Women And Girls Matter, Too via @blackvoices #SayHerName: Families and Social Media Rally for Justice in the Police Killings of Black Women via @TheRoot BlackOUT Collective’s Powerful Statement Honoring Black Girls and Black Women’s Bodies and 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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170 Bikers Charged in Melee With Roots in ’60s

This is actually the title of an article* that the New York Times used to discuss the death of 9 people during violent gang warfare between rival motorcycle gangs. They have actually used the word ‘melee’ when prosecutors will be charging 170 with ‘engaging in organised crime linked to capital murder’. Whilst there is no more »

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Race and misogyny in music

Listening to the radio in our family car has become a dangerous sport. A game of dexterity, speed and skill. As a black feminist mother, I try to limit the exposure of my young children to the overt & explicit misogyny rife in many music genres today. Spotting these kinds of lyrics amongst the cacophony more »

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Katie Hopkins & the need for an independent media complaints commission

We were absolutely horrified by the racist rant written by Katie Hopkins but published in the Sun. This article should never have been published. A responsible media would not have published an article likening migrants to cockroaches and referring to them as a “plague of feral humans”*. Frankly, a responsible media wouldn’t publish most of more »

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In defence of Shonda Rhimes

This is in response to a terrible article by a woman called Alessandra Stanley. Whilst it’s not very “sisterly” please forgive me as I was white hot with outrage at the time. I am so ridiculously pleased to see women succeed and rise to power, especially in competitive sectors like TV production/writing, that I feel more »

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Gut Response

Perhaps I need to discuss my considerable reservations about sharing my ‘gut response’ piece to this tweet. First – and biggest issue – is that I am white woman living in the UK. The Black Feminists I follow are already sick to the back teeth of white people ‘analysing’ their experiences when they are more more »

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