Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

victim-centred justice

A rape victim is jailed in order to force her to testify.

A prosecutor in the state of Texas took the extreme measure of incarcerating a victim of rape in order to force her to testify in the trial of her rapist. The victim spent one month in prison due to a Texas law referred to as an “attachment order” which allows the district attorney to force 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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Responding to Rape Apologism in Women

This week we have seen a number of high-profile women supporting convicted rapist Ched Evans by suggesting the rape he committed was not violent (Judy Finnigan) and that we need nuance (Sarah Vine). We have also a large number of women using social media to defend Evans. We understand the temptation to respond to these more »

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