Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Sexual Assault

Oh captain, my captain.

As the roving sports reporter for EVB I watch quite a lot of sports, each time marvelling at the skill, stamina and determination athletes possess to become top of their game. I’m a completely mad Newcastle United fan, for my sins, but football has started leaving a sour taste in my mouth. The behaviour of more »

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The Chivalrous Violation of Women’s Bodies by @WomenCanSee

The Chivalrous Violation of Women’s Bodies by @WomenCanSee If women don’t want to be grabbed, pulled, & kissed, we should avoid the company of gentleman. It is a gentleman’s right to display “chivalrous” drunken behaviour: • moving to sit closely right behind the only other bus passenger- a woman…chivalry!; • leaning over her shoulder so more »

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Rape is never a “victimless crime”

Magnus Meyer Hustveit has received a seven year suspended sentence for repeatedly raping his ex-partner whilst she was sleeping for more than a year having pled guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. Hustveit thought it was a “victimless crime” because his partner was asleep at the time. The judge, more »

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Stranger rape may be rare but they are not ‘one-off’ incidents

A young woman in Berkshire was raped by a stranger early on Sunday morning. Rapes perpetrated by men unknown to the victim are the least common form of rape. However, Det Insp Christina Berenger was wrong when she stated  “This appears to be a one-off incident in which the offender managed to persuade the woman 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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Rapists are not “sex pests”

The dictionary definition of pest is “an annoying or troublesome person” and yet The Metro has used the term sex pest to refer to a 68 year old man who has been arrested in France for what appears to be multiple counts of rape (as ever, The Metro is low on details and big on 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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Carol Malone: #NotNorman

cross-posted with permission from The Norman Awards Our latest #NotNorman goes to Carole Malone who wrote an article in the Mirror newspaper urging women to take responsibility for “their own safety”. As is the norm when anyone is just about to hold women responsible for a man’s choice to rape, she pays lip service to the civilised notion that women more »

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A 3 year old child is responsible for her own rape. (content note)

Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly reduced the sentence of Kevin Jonas Rojano, who was found guilty of sodomising a 3 year old child by 15 years. The minimum sentence for this crime in the state of California is 25 years to life. These statements were made by the judge during sentencing:  “However, in more »

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Child Sexual Exploitation – Groundhog Day

Child Sexual Exploitation is in the news again – the media are over-run with commentators who are wringing their hands, apologising, claiming that they’re not sure how they didn’t know, telling us that work is in progress to ‘remove this vile scourge’ from our communities. But what are we actually doing? We’ve looked over a more »

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