Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

victim blaming

“Brave victim speaks as vile York rapists are jailed. She says “I’m a survivor” and urges other victims to come forward”

*Trigger Warning* Rape; victim blaming “Brave victim speaks as vile York rapists are jailed. She says “I’m a survivor” and urges other victims to come forward” My friend sent me a link to an article the other day that infuriated her. It had the same effect on me too. Now that I am a little […]

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Mandatory training for judges in domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

Craig Whitelaw and Kristofer McLaren were convicted and sentenced to 9 years in prison for the rape of an 18 year old woman in Northallerton. In sentencing, Justice Males made it clear that both men made a choice to commit rape: But it was you, and only you, who deliberately took advantage of her condition, […]

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A response to Mary-Lou Stephens and her Huffpost article, “The One Big, Not-So-Secret Secret of a Happy Relationship

A response to Mary-Lou Stephens and her Huffpost article, “The One Big, Not-So-Secret Secret of a Happy Relationship” This article deals with the concept of taking responsibility for your behaviour (or, as the author puts it, your “crap”) in your relationship with your significant other. I read it yesterday, with a sense of discomfort building […]

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This is a scandal- but not in the way The Sun would have you believe.

‘Kids home girls in sex party shocker’ screams the front page of The Scottish Sun today, the behaviour of these young teen girls ‘a total disgrace’ according to one eye witness. Hang about.. What? Can we please just take a step back here? Firstly, the legal age of consent in Britain is 16 so those […]

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Police blame woman for her murder

Shikha Beniwal was murdered by her former husband Sunil Beniwal. He then killed himself. An intervention order taken out against Sunil Bengal expired four days before he chose to murder Shikha. This is what Homicide Detective Sergeant Paul Tremain said: “There was an intervention order taken out in 2012 which expired four days ago,” …. “These […]

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Demanding a rape victim report to the police is abusive behaviour

We are increasingly concerned about demands for victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence to report to the police. We have seen this in response to both the allegations against Bill Cosby, as well as by “fans” of Ched Evans. Demanding that a woman report sexual violence is abusive behaviour. It holds women […]

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What if she were your mother? Your daughter?

We see this comment a lot in reference to the victim blaming of victims of sexual and domestic violence and abuse: What if she were your daughter? Your mother? Your sister? Your aunt? We understand the desire to make the reality of victim blaming clear to those perpetuating damaging myths about sexual and domestic violence […]

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