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Rape Culture and “Twenty Minutes of Action” by Julian Vigo

Rape culture is a term coined by feminists in the 1970s which designates not only how females are vulnerable to sexual violence at the hands of males, but which speaks to the depth at which such violence is normalised. Quite often this term is met with ridicule in social media because for many, bitching about more »

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In the News: #predatorypeacekeepers

This week’s In the News was collated by Media Diversified’s #predatorypeacekeepers campaign When African children’s lives matter, perhaps ours will too by Guilaine Kinouani A few weeks ago, the AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue campaign, a Canadian AIDS charity, published a damming report which contained some highly troubling allegations. The charity alleged that UN and French troops in the more »

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We need to tackle the victim blaming culture that perpetuates child sex abuse by Siobhan Fention

Following high profile cases, such as the inquiry into career and crimes of TV presenter Jimmy Savile, police have been overwhelmed with reports of child sex abuse. New figures show that cases are now being reported at a rate of 100 a month; by 2020, police anticipate that they will be investigating a staggering 200,000 cases. That news, however, more »

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In the News 14.5-20.5

What makes revenge porn such a sinister crime by @EvaWiseman It is a year since revenge porn became a crime. Last week a father was arrested after posting pictures of women online (including one who was pregnant, and doctored photos of a 15-year-old girl), commenting underneath one that he would “pay £100 to rape her”. Despite Women’s 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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In the news: April 10 -15

Why dress codes can’t stop sexual assault by Mikki Kendall When news broke that deputy principal Cherith Telford at Henderson High School in New Zealand told female students that their uniform skirts must be knee-length in order to “keep our girls safe, stop boys from getting ideas and create a good work environment for male more »

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The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity

A Blue Helmet’s job is, quite literally, to keep the peace. The UN peacekeepers whose nickname comes from their characteristic headwear, are supposed to protect people in countries torn apart by war. However a steady drip of accusations coming out of the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests it’s Blue Helmets who are the threat to civilian more »

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UN: “Sex with children is prohibited”

We’d like to say we’re shocked by this poster at a UN compound in South Sudan, but we’re not. It is no different to many other poster campaigns created by police forces across the globe: minimisation of language and failure to name the problem. Perpetrators. Perpetrators of sexual abuse, rape and murder in war zones more »

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