Everyday Victim Blaming

challenging institutional disbelief around domestic & sexual violence and abuse

Oliver Wright

Wright is Wrong with his Doublespeak: rape is rape

Rape, Wright describes as ‘unpleasant.’ The OED defines ‘unpleasant’ thus: adjective Causing discomfort, unhappiness, or revulsion; disagreeable: an unpleasant smell the symptoms are extremely unpleasant I hereby challenge Wright to tell a survivor that what happened to her was ‘unpleasant’. The legal definition of rape under Section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is more »

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The power of words

I’m a writer. I know this. Short words shock. They grab attention. If your house was on fire would you shout ….”A combustible material has been ignited in my near vicinity and appears to be out of control” or would you just shout… “FIRE!!!!” at the top of your lungs, before they filled with smoke more »

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Rape should be re-named “non consensual sex”

The Independent Newspaper has an article today (by a man) saying that if the “overly emotive” terms rape and rapist are dropped from court cases and changed to “non consensual sex” we’d have lots more convictions because of the lack of stigma – or something. My initial reaction is to want to ask the ‘journalist’ more »

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