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“Who is Daniel Holtzclaw” : on media taking responsibility for supporting rape culture

Today, we were sent a link to an article about convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw in SB Nation, which is an online sports media brand. The article had been removed owing to its appalling content. The formal response from SB Nation is as follows: We’ve seen media pull articles before but not a response quite so more »

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Things which are not “affairs”: the case of Adam Osborne.

Dr Adam Osborne, brother of George, has been struck off the general medical registrar following investigations into his behaviour with a female patient over a period of two years. Osborne was treating a female patient for depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome, who also problems with self-harm and substance abuse. He made a choice to more »

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.@ecotricity comes out in support of rape culture

ADMIN: Following legal discussions with legal representatives of Ecotricity, we are publishing this statement:  “Ecotricity’s tweet regarding Julian Assange on 5 February 2016  mistakenly gave the impression that Ecotricity appeared to support rape culture, which it does not.  Ecotricity were unaware of the legal circumstances of Julian Assange’s various court appearances in the UK or that more »

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A master class in how not to write about the sexual abuse of a child by Bath Chronicle

The Bath Chronicle’s new article on a 21 year old man who is on trial for ‘having sex’ with a 14 year old is a master class in how not to write about sexual abuse: Man admits two-day sex sessions with girlfriend teenager, says age of consent law is “ridiculous” Harrasin-Worgan can claim the age more »

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16 Days of Activism: What you can do to support women’s services!

These are just a few of the ways that you can support women’s services during the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Male Violence against Women and Girls. Donate £1 to a specialist women’s service like the national organisations Rape Crisis, Women’s Aid, or Refuge. Donate £1 to your local service providers supporting women who are 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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#PeepleApp puts actual people at risk of harassment, abuse, stalking and violence.

We woke up this morning to a Twitter feed full of women raising serious concerns about a new app called Peeple, which gives you the opportunity to rate people from 1-5 and write reviews. If this weren’t concerning enough when considering cyberbullying, users can upload profiles for other people using their mobile number. The owner more »

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The @BBCNews gets it wrong. Again.

Peter Ball pled guilty this week to 18 charges of sexual abuse of men between the 1970s-1990s, whilst the Bishop of Lewes and then Gloucester. The CPS has also been forced to apologise for cautioning Peter Ball in 1993 rather than prosecuting in spite of the fact that there was sufficient evidence. The details of the failures more »

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Another judge blaming a child for being sexually assaulted

Los Angeles Unified School District argued last week that a 13 year old girl, who was sexually abused by her male teacher, was “partly to blame”. The teacher had already been convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The current court case is an appeal by the victim following an unsuccessful case against the more »

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