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The Theft of Innocence: Voluntourism and Child Sexual Abuse

Trigger Warning: Article contains stories of rape and child sexual abuse On the 7th of March 2016, at an American district court in Oklahoma, twenty year old missionary Matthew Durham was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $15,863 in restitution after he was convicted of sexually abusing children at an orphanage in Kenya. I more »

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Daniel Holtzclaw: former Oklahoma City police officer guilty of rape by Molly Redden

The women were teenagers and grandmothers. Most were living on the margins. All of them were black. And during a month-long trial that became a symbol of police predation, they formed a bleak parade of 13 witnesses who accused a former Oklahoma City officer of using his badge to coerce sex acts and rape. On Thursday, after 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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We stand with #BaharMustafa

We fully support Bahar Mustafa, the student diversity officer at Goldsmiths, who is under attack for daring to promote safe spaces. The misogynistic and racist abuse directed at Mustafa is a clear exemplar of why safe spaces are necessary in order to both fight the white supremacist, heteronormative, capitalist-patriarchy and to recover from it. Or, 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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