Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

victim blaming

Australian Judge rules that an act of rape of a 9 yr old did was not a violent act. (content note)

This is a response to an article in the Queensland Times “Ipswich man jailed after filming himself raping daughter” As Ending Victim Blaming recently published in “Victim blaming by legal professionals; why the English courtroom is unfit for women and children” Judges are not giving rulings and sentences that reflect the severity of the offenses. more »

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“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 more »

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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, more »

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Pipe down David Osborne

I’m angry. I’m fucking angry! Once again a man has opined on rape with the usual tact and empathy of a bull in a china shop. How often do we see men reinforcing rape myths and unashamedly victim blaming? We shouldn’t be surprised at one more right? Well, when the man involved is a barrister more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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Child Assaulted at School by her Teacher a response to the BBC

One of the most poignant memories from my childhood is sexual assault aged 9 perpetrated by a ‘friend’ of my father’s whose children were my age, we played together, this means he knew my age. As I grew up there is no woman that I’ve met spoken to of these things who has not repeated more »

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Nick Conrad

There are days when I think journalists must live in a little community locked far far away from the people and issues they report on. I’m also pretty sure they must spend a lot of time reading their own notes and articles and nodding at their lovely jubbly cleverness rather than taking the nation’s pulse more »

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