Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

sexualised violence

Remembering Jill Saward

Last week, activist and campaigner Jill Saward died. Saward, who was raped by multiple perpetrators in 1986, was the first British woman to waive anonymity in order to campaign for better support and treatment of victims of sexualised violence, media accountability, and better training for juries. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at more »

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My girlfriend blames me for my past sexual abuse

I am a female in year 11. When I was in year 8 a boy followed me home everyday for 2 months, come into my house and touch me in places I didn’t want him to. I would fight him off to my ability but he was much stronger and one day he attempted rape. more »

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this is what domestic violence is all about

tonight I saw two documentaries on domestic violence and it saddens me and it made my emotions escape and the pain that I carry deeply in my heart. Emotions feelings that are hidden buried deeply are then pathologiesed by the professionals as not emotionally regulated person when in fact I ve been trying hard to more »

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i am so tempted to blame my girlfriend, but i know very well it is wrong

i do post comments on this forum with another pseudonymn, and i am 100% against victim blaming. however i find myself torn between radical honesty (which has always been my hallmark) and sheer hypocricy (if i go against what i have always required from others). i have a special kind of job (military) that keeps more »

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The @BBC remain incapable of correctly identifying child rape.

This is the brief complaint we have submitted to the BBC over an article entitled: “Outrage over 60-day jail term for sex with young daughter”. The BBC limits the number of characters that can be used in a complaint.   The title of your article is “Outrage over 60-day jail term for sex with young daughter”. more »

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Anonymity for accused in rape trials serves only to protect rapists

Giving suspects anonymity  in crimes of rape and other forms of sexualised violence is antithetical to a victim-centred justice system. There is no legal or ethical defence that justifies anonymity for suspects in rape cases and every evidence that anonymity serves only to protect rapists from the criminal justice system. You only have to examine the more »

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The Ched Evans case shows why we must start talking about consent by @sianushka

There’s a lot to be said about the Ched Evans case: its cultural significance, the legal wrangling around using a woman’s sexual history as evidence, the impact it has had and could have on a woman’s willingness to report rape, the list goes on. But perhaps most importantly it revealed a lot about our attitudes more »

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