Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Rape

I’m sick of living in a culture that tolerates violence against women by Joan Smith

It’s always there, isn’t it? Most of us don’t like it, but what can we actually do about gender-based violence? Sure, the figures are terrible – violent crimes against women in England and Wales reached record levels last year – but they’ve been going up for ages. Rape and domestic violence are the new poor, 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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In the News (15.8-22.8)

“A Honeypot For Assholes”: Inside Twitter’s 10-Year Failure To Stop Harassment via @cwarzel On May 22, 2008, Ariel Waldman ran out of options. Waldman, then a community manager and blogger, had signed up for Twitter in March 2007 and in months had become one of the platform’s 100 most followed accounts. She was, by her own more »

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The reporting of India Chipchase’s murder shows the true extent of Britain’s rape culture by @sarahditum

What did the media see in her that made her the perfect victim? The grotesque answer is, the same things as the man who murdered her did. Why India Chipchase? For the Sun, it must have been the booze: “Woman ‘drank six Jagerbombs in ten minutes on the night she was raped and murdered” went the 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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India Chipchase: @BBCNews use of cruel and unnecessary headlines

Edward Tenniswood is currently on trial for the rape and murder of India Chipchase. This is how the BBC has chosen to report on the trial today. These statements come from Tenniswood’s defence testimony. Whilst there are strict regulations on what information the media can publish during a trial to protect the defendant’s right to more »

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.@BBCNews still conflating sex with rape – the David de Gea allegations

The BBC has form for misleading and minimising headlines. They also very rarely take any notice of formal complaints made by members of the public who work in the field of violence against women and girls. This is the text of the complaint we submitted to the BBC: The title of the article is misleading more »

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A WOMAN’S STORY – a personal experience of the criminal justice system

We highly recommend this article: A Woman’s Story – My Personal Experience of going through the Policing and Criminal Justice System after being raped. Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre released this statement in conjunction: Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre has been honoured to work together with a woman who has used our services on A Woman’s Story. The woman, more »

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In the News – May 7-13

My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked by Ronan Farrow “They’re accusations. They’re not in the headlines. There’s no obligation to mention them.” These were the objections from a producer at my network. It was September 2014 and I was preparing to interview a respected journalist about his new biography of Bill Cosby. The book more »

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The Legacy Of The Kobe Bryant Rape Case

On June 30, 2003, Kobe Bryant arrived at the Cordillera Lodge and Spa in Edwards, Colorado. After a frustrating season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers fail to win a fourth straight championship, Bryant was in town for an operation on his knee. A 19-year-old concierge at the hotel showed the superstar and his security more »

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