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False rape allegations are rare – rape is not. Stop using the case of Jemma Beale to discredit all women

False allegations of rape are rare – rape itself is not. It’s understandable, then, that instances of the former are more likely to hit the headlines than the latter. Why report on a phenomenon that is commonplace, affecting an estimated 85,000 women in England and Wales every year? Rape isn’t news. By contrast, criminal convictions 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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Rape Victims Won’t Benefit From The £20m Announced In The Budget To Tackle Violence Against Women

Supporters of the Million Women Rise march and rally opposing violence against women in Oxford Street, London. Fiona Hanson / PA Archive/PA Images Rape victims will not be helped by the extra £20 million the chancellor pledged to spend on services supporting violence against women. Despite Philip Hammond making a general promise that new money would more »

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Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism by @KGuilaine

Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang assaulted and racially abused by four French police officers in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. So severe were the anal injuries sustained by Theo that he needed major more »

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It’s always high drama. It’s somebody’s life at stake’: inside British rape trials

…  Woodhouse is one of 12 volunteers working as observers on rape trials at Newcastle crown court. Nine women and three men, they are social workers, nurses, academics and counsellors, some retired, some not. Since January 2015, they have sat on 30 trials and made a string of recommendations: that barristers meet their clients before a more »

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Remembering Jill Saward

Last week, activist and campaigner Jill Saward died. Saward, who was raped by multiple perpetrators in 1986, was the first British woman to waive anonymity in order to campaign for better support and treatment of victims of sexualised violence, media accountability, and better training for juries. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at more »

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In the news (14.11)

10 tips for preventing violence against women in the workplace by @ZTScotland With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence at some point in their lives, the likelihood of staff experiencing abuse or harassment is high, be that at home, at work, or of an everyday nature such as “banter”. These can have negative impacts on more »

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Challenging rape culture: boycott Poldark

Generally speaking, the representation of sexualised violence in television and film is frequently inappropriate, misleading and offensive. The exceptions to this rule are almost always due to the fact that the writers and directors have reached out to specialist service providers for support in ensuring that they represent reality – Eastenders work with Rape Crisis England/Wales more »

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Anonymity for accused in rape trials serves only to protect rapists

Giving suspects anonymity  in crimes of rape and other forms of sexualised violence is antithetical to a victim-centred justice system. There is no legal or ethical defence that justifies anonymity for suspects in rape cases and every evidence that anonymity serves only to protect rapists from the criminal justice system. You only have to examine the more »

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The Ched Evans case puts rape reform back 30 years by @rapecrisisscot

We were shocked and horrified to see the use of such blatantly prejudicial sexual history evidence in the Ched Evans retrial. Like Scotland, England and Wales has legislation in place to restrict defence lawyers using evidence of a rape complainer’s sexual history; however as with Scotland, the English/Welsh legislation does not ban the use of more »

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