Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

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Complaint to BBC re: #R4Today July 1st 2014

We have sent the following comment in an email to feedback@bbc.co.uk. If you’d like to complain, please copy and paste the text into an email and send it to the BBC. The more complaints we can generate, the more likely we are to be heard. ******* I am writing with regard to the broadcast of more »

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Ben Blakeley: A known and repeated abuser of women

Details of the cross examination of witnesses in the trial of Ben Blakeley have emerged, revealing once more the pervasive victim-blaming in cases of domestic violence against women. A known and repeated abuser of women Blakeley, 22, is on trial for murdering of his pregnant, 17-year-old girlfriend, Jayden Parkinson, in December last year. Blakeley, who more »

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Jimmy Savile – Excuses, Cover-ups and Ignorance.

The information contained in the Jimmy Savile reports will not be a surprise to those who have been following this horrific case. Aside from sexually assaulting women & children who were both patients & staff of NHS facilities, it is clear that he sexually assaulted dead people – after being given unfettered access to the more »

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Sexual Pleasure & Orgasm during abuse and / or rape.

(Content Note – non-graphic description of sexual pleasure during sexual abuse) We’ve noticed a running trend in our website searches recently, and we wanted to address what appears to be a gap in the information our site provides. The topic is still considered ‘taboo’, and very rarely spoken about. We’d like to help change that, more »

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Victim Blaming: A response to a comment submitted to our site.

The following is a comment posted on our site. We have redacted all identifying information and have chosen not to link it to the original post. Instead, we’d like to address the victim blaming within the response. Obviously, the responder was upset to discover that what they felt was good advice was understood as victim more »

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Michael Fabricant, jokes, political correctness and context

(cross-posted with permission from Libertarian Lou’s Blog) Michael Fabricant doesn’t seem to take much seriously. So it’s not surprising to me that he thinks it’s a right old laugh to joke about punching a Muslim woman in the throat if she gets a bit too opinionated for his liking. As the defenders of ‘political incorrectness’ like to more »

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A punch in the throat.

As has been widely reported, Tory MP Michael Fabricant decided in his wisdom to publish a tweet where he declared that if he ever appeared on TV with Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown he might want to “punch her in the throat.” As a survivor of domestic violence, and a woman who has been punched in the throat more »

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Barriers to Reporting – “those women” and “those men”

Two of the pillars that underpin the many barriers to reporting domestic and sexual violence are the myths of “those women” and “those men”. Those women are weak, dishevelled, vulnerable.  They stare out at us from sexual and domestic abuse awareness posters, with their black eyes and tear-filled eyes.  When we experience abuse we don’t more »

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The normalisation of gendered violence:The importance of allowing women and girls to name their experience of violation as real.

I recently read a blog on The Guardian’s website describing how some male students at Oxford University are wearing white ribbons to protest against and acknowledge the very real experiences of their fellow female students of sexual violence and misogynistic behaviour on campus. The campaign ‘It Happens Here’ has seen a number of women come more »

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