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MEDIA REPORTING AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE NAVY

This blog is the second in a series in which Claire Simpson, PhD student at the University of Stirling discusses the results of her media monitoring project.  Over the next few weeks we will publish blogs from Claire where she takes in an in depth look at some of the results of her study.  You more »

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News media still protect powerful men accused of sexual misconduct by Lindsey Blumell

When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was finally fired after years of sexual harassment claims, it seemed like a welcome break from the norm: an exceptionally powerful man accused of sexual misconduct was for once not protected at all costs. While various harassment claims against Donald Trump failed to stop him in his path to more »

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In the News: rape culture, male violence and financial child abuse

What happens at a forensic medical examination following a rape or sexual assault via Edinburgh Rape Crisis Nobody wants to have a rape exam. No one. That is a realistic place to start. This is not going to be great – but it does not have to make your trauma worse.  I am a senior more »

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In the News – child custody for rapists, stalking, and family annihilators

All male committee decides rapists have rights to see victim’s children by Will Worley A group of all male politicians have rejected a law that would prevent rapists from having parental rights to their victims’ children. Campaigners were left “angry and disappointed” after Maryland’s General Assembly voted against enacting the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. No more »

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In the News: domestic violence, rape culture and access to justice

This Missouri City Banishes Domestic Violence Survivors for Calling the Police by Sandra Park via @aclu In 2012, the city of Maplewood, Missouri ordered Rosetta Watson to vacate her home. But the city wasn’t done punishing Watson yet and also barred her from living anywhere in the city for six months. Her offense? She called more »

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In the News – domestic violence bill (Scotland), child benefit #rapeclause & tampon tax

Survivors of domestic abuse have helped to frame much-needed bill by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (Scotland) …. Creation of this new offence will bring clarity for victims so they can see explicitly that what their partner or ex-partner has done to them is wrong and perpetrators will see what they are doing is more »

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The reality of male violence against women and girls. (Or, why the legal system is not fit for purpose)

5 cases from 5 jurisdictions demonstrating how unfit for purpose most legal jurisdictions are in dealing with male violence against women and girls. Mustafa Bashir  received a suspended sentence for domestic violence that included physical assaults with a cricket bat and forcing his wife to drink bleach because his wife was deemed ‘not vulnerable’ by more »

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Tax credit ‘rape clause’ legislation – our stance

Ignoring the very salient facts that austerity cuts, such as the limit on tax credits, will disproportionately impact women and children forcing them into poverty, and the fact that reproductive coercion is a tool used by male perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse, demanding women disclose their experiences of rape to a bureaucrat who has more »

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In the News – on austerity, “revenge porn” and child sexual abuse

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity | Frances Ryan That “austerity is a feminist issue” is now a well-used idiom does not mean it’s any less true. Look at the latest gender breakdown of cuts released this month and what’s striking is that nothing’s changing. According to Sarah Champion, the shadow equalities more »

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Adam Johnson: “besotted” and the implication of contributory negligence in child sexual abuse

Adam Johnson, who was convicted for child sexual abuse, has lost his challenge to the Court of Appeals. He will continue to serve 5 years for the sexual assault of a teenage girls. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was found in possession of extreme pornography. It is very clear that Johnson used his more »

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