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We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history by @VeraBaird

The footballer Ched Evans had much to say following his rape acquittal, and the weekend newspapers gave him a platform to say it. Now rape campaigners must come to terms with the legacy of his case. By clearing the way for two men to tell the jury they’d had sex with the complainant, the court of 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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.@BBCthree response to our complaint about #sexontrial – complete with victim blaming.

This is the response from the BBC to our complaint about the program Is this rape? Sex on Trial. The limit on characters means we cannot put in a proper evidenced complaint. We will be raising this issue further, but we encourage everyone to send in formal complaints so that the BBC understands the breadth more »

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“Is This Rape? Sex on Trial” – a critique

The programme “Is This Rape? Sex on Trial” could have been brilliant, albeit with a different title. Here was an opportunity to educate around the law on rape. Yet the legal definition was given briefly at the end. It’s taken that everyone knows what rape means, yet this programme, for one thing, demonstrates that it more »

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Formal Complaint to the BBC re: Aaronovitch’s misleading programme on ritual abuse

This is a formal complaint from RASAC South London. As we’ve noted previously, the BBC only allows a limited number of characters in their complaint forms making it difficult to enumerate the ways in which the programme hosted by David Aaronovitch was misleading and inappropriate. We are writing in support of the claims made by more »

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Forget the victims, save all your sympathy for the poor overworked police: BBC

The BBC report on Dame Elish Angiolin’s independent review “Report of the Independent Review into the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape in London” with the classic headline Rape investigations ‘overwhelming burden’ on Met Police According to the BBC, the report includes 46 recommendations, which address areas including resourcing, improved training, enhanced victim care and changing the more »

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City Mayor encourages women to walk in groups in an effort to discourage offenders.

Sifting through the usual twitter politics, news and kitten pictures reports of a brutal crime was brought to my attention. One article in particular got my attention.[1] A young woman survived a particularly horrific rape on a usually busy street in Albury, NSW, Australia. While walking home from work at 6.30 pm, the 17 year more »

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Daily Mirror headline: Misleading and Offensive

Today I read in the Daily Mirror a report about a postman found guilty who sexually abusing a baby and filming it. The Mirror headline said “Sick Pedeophle Postman filmed himself abusing babies”. This article is wrong he made a choice to commit the crime he did. This man was an ordinary man like any more »

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Nightmare Dystopian Present (Why Lionel Shriver Is Wrong About Rape)

It pains me to have to write this. I’m going to criticise Lionel Shriver, the author of We need to talk about Kevin, which is possibly my favourite book. It is brilliant. It is a literary tour de force. And yet Shriver, whose skills of perception and analysis of human emotion, dysfunction and motivation, verge more »

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Unjust Justice: Why anonymity for rapists is wrong

Like many people, I was brought up to know right from wrong, to have a respect for the law and to understand that we are protected by a legal system which is balanced and fair. Of course over the years, I have made my own judgements about our legal system, some positive some critical, but more »

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