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The @BBC remain incapable of correctly identifying child rape.

This is the brief complaint we have submitted to the BBC over an article entitled: “Outrage over 60-day jail term for sex with young daughter”. The BBC limits the number of characters that can be used in a complaint.   The title of your article is “Outrage over 60-day jail term for sex with young daughter”. more »

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The case of Nate Parker: on rape culture in Hollywood

Nate Parker is an American actor, director, producer, and writer. His new film The Birth of a Nation premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January. Within days of the film festival, news of Parker’s involvement in a multiple perpetrator rape whilst attending Penn State, in which he was found not guilty, began to make the rounds of social more »

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Perpetrator of child sexual abuse walks free from court

Gina Owen, who pled guilty to two counts of ‘causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity’ was sentenced only to a two-year conditional discharge, ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim and placed on the  sexual offenders registry for only 2 years. The judge’s summation claimed that: “community order could put you in more »

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A rape victim is jailed in order to force her to testify.

A prosecutor in the state of Texas took the extreme measure of incarcerating a victim of rape in order to force her to testify in the trial of her rapist. The victim spent one month in prison due to a Texas law referred to as an “attachment order” which allows the district attorney to force more »

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Neil Deller: Men who view images of children being sexually abused are high risk perpetrators

Neil Deller received a community order, will have to attend an “internet sex offender treatment programme”, and “five-year sexual harm prevention order under which his internet activity is controlled and monitored”. Deller pled guilty to seven offences “involving downloading and possession of child porn”. He was found in possession of “3,500 images and videos of child more »

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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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The sentencing of Brock Turner is rape culture, but there is another issue at stake.

Brock Turner was “convicted of 3 felonies, including assault with intent to rape”. Despite the tariff for these felonies being a maximum of 14 years, Brock was only sentenced to 6 months in county jail and will be on the sexual offenders list for life. The judge Aaron Persky “said said positive character references and lack more »

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#PredatoryPeacekeepers – the importance of naming the problem (content note)

We were very pleased to see Cathy Newman cover the sexual abuse of vulnerable children perpetrated by UN peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic and elsewhere: ….There were no fewer than 99 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by the “blue helmets” – as UN military personnel are nicknamed – last year, and there more »

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Predatory peacekeepers and child protection, time for the UN to think globally? ~ Campaign statement

Predatory peacekeepers and child protection, time for the UN to think globally? ~ Campaign statement A few weeks ago the UN adopted resolution 2272 which calls for the repatriation of peacekeeping units where soldiers face allegations of sexual abuse. This resolution is the first passed by the Security Council to tackle predatory peacekeepers. This was an more »

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