Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Women’s Services

Victims Surviving Labels

Like many others, I thought I had the terminology figured out. My understanding was that you start out as a victim.  That’s what you are when you’re being assaulted.  Then through some magical process you transform from victim to survivor & become brave & heroic: someone who is maybe even stronger than before. I actually developed a wince more »

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Violence against women, statistics and ignoring gender.

This post was triggered by a discussion on Twitter with a man to whom I gave the benefit of the doubt, but who turned out to be a troll. I had tweeted about how Clare’s Law – the new legislation that gives people the chance to find out if anyone has reported their partner for violent more »

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SPEECH AT MOPAC LAUNCH OF VAWG STRATEGY, LONDON

CITY HALL – 26TH NOVEMBER 2013 Good Afternoon, as you have heard I am a Rape Crisis service user and campaigner to end violence against women. I’d like to thank the Mayor’s Office for including survivor’s voices, not just today on this panel but also during the consultation process that led to the creation of more »

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#ManWeek: My first Love – How fathers will prevent domestic homicides.[1]

At Ending Victimisation and Blame, we support all campaigns that seek to end the epidemic of violence against women and children [2]. We believe that the answer to this epidemic lies in both the education of men to prevent abuse and the non-judgemental support of women and children through the NHS, social services, police services, more »

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Rape Is Rape, in any language

The CRASAC ‘Rape is Rape in any language’ campaign has been set up by Coventry Rape Crisis, in conjunction with the Coventry City Council Harm Reduction Team. Statement from Press Release: It is a joint project between CRASAC and Coventry City Council which aims to speak to a broad audience, raising awareness that rape and more »

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He didn’t just “snap”

When I read headlines on Domestic Violence and they contain the immortal words; “He Just Snapped” – it will very often contain the following; “out of character”, “isolated incident”. The reporting of Domestic Violence is not doing anything to stem the flow of misrepresentation about this crime. Type “He Just Snapped” into Google, watch the more »

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The Inconceivable Confusion of Consent

Rape is a horrific crime. It is a crime involving an abuse of power. Due to the biology it is a crime that is perpetrated by men; men who seek power and wish to weaken and destroy another. Despite the emotiveness of this criminal act, rapists seem to have manipulated our law, media and people more »

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Feminist Times – a response to Taboo Corner.

Today, with much anticipation, a new feminist Magazine was launched. Feminist Times – Life, not Lifestyle.  I was expecting a mix of news, interesting women, issues that aren’t reported in mainstream media and generally something that would fill the gap since the demise of Spare Rib. Incidentally, the founders of Spare Rib had not wanted more »

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Not Guilty or Not Proven

He said, she said. Could the jury ever convict? The recent high profile case of Michael Le Vell has provoked a strong negative reaction from the UK media and social networking sites. Comments have rapidly been appearing on this matter from people who clearly have no understanding of the criminal justice system and just want more »

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Stamping victim blaming with Return to Sender!

As a ‘revenge porn’ victim (and as a woman) it’s not unusual to be turned down when we reach out for help. It’s unacceptable, bullsh%t…but still not uncommon. Its ok, serve up your rejection! Place it on our plate and put it right next to the extra large portion of determination, the scoop of tenacity, more »

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