Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

October, 2014

What motives for violence are we prepared to acknowledge and what do we avoid?

7 October US (Detroit) Shooting: 1 dead, 5 injured, 2 critically 22 October Canada (Ottawa) Shooting: 2 dead 25 October US (Seattle) Shooting: 2 dead, 4 injured, 3 critically (all teens) I would bet that you know all about the Canada shooting, in part of course this may arise from the fact that there have more »

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Child Sexual Exploitation: We Need Better Training for Social Workers

Following yet another report on child sexual exploitation, and another government missive on social work failings, it’s surely time to address the root of the problem. This is quite lengthy so apologies for that, but in order to do the subject justice we need to understand where the problems are. Let’s start with social work more »

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BBC Radio 2 and the Coffey Report

I’m sure lots of you have heard about Ann Coffey MP report on the sexual explotation of girls and young women (Greater Manchester being highlighted as a region where it is now seen as ‘normal’). Having just listened to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio 2, I am now in a state of fury and despair. more »

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Here We Go Again…… (content note)

(Cross-posted with permission from Opinionated Planet) We wake up this morning to yet another headline about child sexual exploitation. I’m not actually sure how many more reports I can read without exploding. Let me say this loud and clear to all news agencies, academics, researchers, reporters, journalists, broadcasters and politicians; THIS IS NOT NEWS. The more »

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Judie Finnigan (content note)

I have only read a small amount regarding Judie Finnigans comments but enough to understand that people are under the illusion that some rape is less damaging than other rapes. What they seem to forget when they are making these comments on how it was a non violent form of rape rape victims read and more »

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Rape victim gets herself into a ‘silly situation’

I was very disheartened to read an article supporting ill informed, ignorant comments made by a defendants lawyer, Davis Osbourne, blaming party lifestyle for a rape victim getting herself into a ‘silly situation’ & made ‘poor choices’. This is absolutely disgusting and supporting societal myths that the victim was somehow an accomplice in her rape more »

Howay the lasses

I am many things. A woman. A mother. A daughter. A sister. A student. An activist. A football fan. A domestic violence survivor. A rape survivor. I am passionate about many things. My children, who I hope will become strong, independent women. Women’s rights. Smashing the patriarchy. Crimes against women. Newcastle United. Rangers. Buying as more »

Thoughts on male violence following the Pistorius trial

Pistorius’ sentencing is complete. I’m outraged. I’m angry. Sian Norris wrote a piece for The Independent last week that echoed my thoughts on how society values men’s lives over women’s, which is why when I checked my Twitter feed for an update at work today those feelings were not accompanied by surprise. I knew it more »

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