Everyday Victim Blaming

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Rape

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been found guilty of rape.

We were very pleased to see a jury conviction in the trial of police officer Daniel Holtzclaw this week. We have been following the case since we first came across coverage in the online media For Harriet in September 2014. As with many activists, we did not believe that Holtzclaw, a white police officer, would 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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#sexontrial : Our formal complaint to @BBCthree

Our formal complaint is below. Unfortunately, the BBC limits the number of characters you can use in a complaint. The program misrepresented numerous issues: 1. it failed to legally define rape and sexual assault under under English/ Welsh law & did not address difference in laws in Scotland 2. It misrepresented how a criminal trial more »

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angry at #sexontrail

PART 1 THE PARTY. First of all, in my opinion, separating the boys from the girls in order to watch this because it may be uncomfortable is not only pointless, but pathetic, why? because rape is not comfortable for anyone to watch, whether alone or in a group setting, so being in a room with more »

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.@MerseyPolice and the small issue of a rape joke

Mersey Police’s social media employee has tweeted out a rather interesting response to a rape joke. Whilst Mersey Police have since apologised, it was due to an immediate response from Twitter users. Without the immediate engagement of twitter users horrified by such a light-hearted response to a rape joke by an employee of the Merseyside Police, it’s more »

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11 year old boys cannot consent to sex with an adult

According to coverage in the Guardian, Jade Hatt has been given a “six-month jail term suspended for two years with supervision”, placed on the sexual offenders registry for 7 years and received a ” sexual harm prevention order banning her from having unsupervised contact with young boys for two years”. Judge Tim Mousley QC made the more »

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No woman deserves to be raped. Ever.

No woman deserves to be raped is a statement that should need no qualifier. Every day we see excuses made for perpetrators and women, children and men blamed for their experiences of domestic and sexual violence and abuse. We highlight inappropriate, offensive or misleading language presented by the media. Despite our daily experiences of victim more »

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A Week of Victim Blaming in the Media

This is a round-up of some of the interesting media coverage of male violence against women and girls this week. Here is The Metro once again demonstrating that they are incapable of differentiating consensual sexual relations between adults from child rape:   The BBC remain incapable of naming the victim and instead using grossly offensive more »

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Rape alarms won’t protect women from rape.

In response to the rape of a woman in her apartment complex, student Rebecca Pick has designed a rape alarm: simple electronic device that uses a mobile phone to alert police to the exact spot of an ongoing attack. It also turns the phone into a recording device that gathers evidence for later use in more »

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