Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

March, 2015

Letter to send to all candidates in general elections re: domestic and sexual violence & abuse

This a draft letter for people to send to all of their local candidates in the general election Dear x I am writing to you today to confirm your stance and commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA), crimes in which women are the majority of victims. Violence against women and girls more »

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Helping the Telegraph with some domestic abuse stats

(Cross-posted with permission from Safe Lives) When I tell my friends that I work for SafeLives, their reaction is often one of surprise. They don’t go so far as to say “But you’re a man” or “Isn’t domestic violence a women’s issue?” but you can sometimes see the question in their eyes. I work for more »

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(Cross-posted with permission from The Coven Speaks) By now, there are few people who haven’t heard of Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction. News of his departure has been greeted with a variety of reactions, from the slight mocking of the band, to jokes that Jeremy Clarkson was taking his place, and from the fans more »


Trigger Warning for sex and consent. Below age of consent is below age of reason (content note)

Trigger Warning for sex and consent. Talking about some of my lived experiences may further increase understanding. This talks about the first of those experiences, a period of a couple of years. Although there were later experiences these are the ones which have affected me the most in relation to things happening. Even now many more »

Why Do We Believe Such Terrible Things About Men?

In the article ‘Why do we believe such terrible things about men that can’t be true?’, published yesterday in the Telegraph, Neil Lyndon responds to articles discussing statistics that show that one in three women is subjected to sexual violence, and that femicide is a leading cause of premature death for women by arguing that, more »

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Please email your MP re: anonymity for suspects in rape cases

We have drafted an email that you can send to your MP about the recent recommendation of the Home Affairs Select Committee to extend anonymity to suspects in cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence. You can find the email address of your MP here. Please send a copy to the following as more »

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.@BBCNews *finally* uses appropriate language

We’ve been campaigning for 2 years to have the BBC stop using the terms ‘child prostitute’ and ‘child porn’. Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, has called for an end to the term ‘child prostitute’ in law, which will hopefully be followed by media refusing to use them term. In the mean time, the BBC has more »

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Suspects being investigated for rape and other forms of sexual violence do not require anonymity

Each year in England and Wales 85 000 women and 12 000 men are raped.[1] We know that only 10 -15 % of victims report to the police due to “shame, prejudicial media reporting and mistrust in the criminal justice process”.[2] We also know that rape trials have the lowest conviction rate of any crime more »

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