Abuse

Jennifer Aniston, Friends or Online Foes?

Amber Melville-Brown | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amber Melville-Brown

Maybe Jennifer Aniston is not the best example if you espouse the mantra 'live by the camera die by the camera'. She has had plenty of opportunities as a result of her media profile; she has significant resources as a result of her public profile to shield her from the worse excesses of the Internet. But she is a useful poster child to remind us of the dangers of the Internet.

The Law Is Failing Victims of Domestic Violence

Rhea Gargour | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rhea Gargour

Our criminal justice system is currently failing victims of domestic violence. There are substantial gaps in the law that allow abusers to evade justice and enforce the view that unless there are bruises, the perpetrator hasn't done anything wrong.

A Toxic Kind of Love

Ekaterina Botziou | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ekaterina Botziou

From a young age we are taught that forgiveness and acceptance is the key to happiness. But have these teachings been misconstrued to such an extent that we now have a warped view of what actually deserves forgiveness and acceptance? Do we now unconsciously gravitate towards destructive relationships, believing that without pain there can be no real passion?

Magaluf Girl: Consent and Sexuality

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ending Victimisation and Blame

Here is a young woman in a popular holiday destination for those with a limited budget - I'm not going to assume that she's working class, but I'm certain the journalists will have done. She having fun, she's drinking, she's apparently being sexual on her own terms. Someone filmed it and the whole thing went viral - oops. Enter the tabloids with their guidebook to acceptable women's behaviour and pronounce her unclean, apparently we've found a "new low" ... It's not long before social media is calling her "actual vermin" and a "repulsive slag". I failed to find anyone (other than feminists) criticising the men in any way, the woman in question has had her name and photo all over the internet today; where are the men?

Do Twitter Do Enough? My 'Clones' and Relentless Abuse

Rob McDowall | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Tech
Rob McDowall

I regularly receive Twitter comments ranging from the tame and jejune 'fag', 'fudge packer', 'cock sucker', 'spazzy' and 'ugly cunt' to the more personal and nasty 'you should have been kicked out of your mums womb', 'I'd slit your throat fag', 'You should get raped with a machete' and 'Hitler had the right idea. Put you faggot bastards in an oven at 230 degrees until crispy'.

If You Want a Photo With a Wild Animal, Take a Selfie on Safari...

Stephanie Allen | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephanie Allen

Now summer is in full swing, social media sites are becoming quickly clogged up with holiday snaps of glorious beaches and scenery to lament over. But there's another photo appearing across British profile pages that we should all be concerned about...

Love Does Not Conquer All

Liberty Forrest | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liberty Forrest

I've been down the aisle more times than I care to consider, and I've got an equal number of divorce papers. So who the hell am I to talk about relationships? Well, I'm happy to say I've learned an awful lot about the truth of them, both good and not-so-good, and how they impact our lives and decisions.

Stitch on the Black Triangles and Be Done With It!

Rob McDowall | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Vilification of benefit claimants and disabled people is endemic, perhaps the government should just stitch on the black triangles and be done with it or bring in the Welfare Games to keep us at a more manageable number and remind us how grateful we are for all the 'pitty money' (in Simon Stevens words) that we get.

If You're Blind And Being Abused By Yobs, Here's How You Catch Them

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK

Walking with her guide dog through Stevenage, Siobhan Meade was a target for abuse, with youths swearing at her, circling her as she passed by, and ev...

There's Another Kind of Death and Resurrection That Has Nothing to Do With Religion

Liberty Forrest | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Liberty Forrest

I know because I've done it. I've resurrected myself from some pretty horrific situations. Re-invented myself many times. Started fresh. Changed so much about myself and my life, I find it difficult to recognise who I used to be.

Women Who Eat On Tubes Facebook Group Accused Of 'Bullying & Intimidating'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

UPDATE Ladies, Let's Do Lunch: Backlash Begins Against Women Who Eat On Tubes Facebook Group A Facebook group dedicated to publishing photographs o...

Invisible Scars - A Conversation With a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Hannah Gal | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Milly still catches herself doing things the way her former husband liked them done. "I can now see the extent to which I adjusted myself over the years to accommodate him, I even had to watch myself during the school run and not chat to other mums because I knew he would quiz me about it..

How Can a Teacher Treat a Young Autistic Boy in This Way?

Jo Worgan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I happened to read a story, which has now gone viral about an 11 year old boy with autism, living in Michigan who while sat in his classroom got his head stuck in a chair. This in itself is most upsetting but what upset and made me feel both anger and disgust was the teacher's reaction to this incident.

Harrowing Sketches From North Korean Defector Show Hellish Scenes Of Torture, Starvation & Death (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK

Harrowing sketches depicting torture, starvation and death in a North Korean prison have been published in a UN report into human rights abuses. T...

Women's Work - Camilla Carr and Alla Little. Valuable Life Lessons From Kidnap, Torture And Abuse.

Andy Law | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Andy Law

If you spotted Camilla Carr and Alla Little in a café drinking lattés, chatting, giggling and sharing photos on their smartphones, you might think they were friends out shopping and catching up on old times. You wouldn't think they were discussing their imminent talk to corporate bigwigs about How To Cope - when kidnapped, threatened with execution, mentally tortured, raped and treated like an animal.

Dealing with Internet Hate: Ten Tips

Gregor Smith | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

When I wrote last week's blog post, about why antifeminism ought to be viewed in a better light, I expected it to be controversial (although I wrote it because I thought it needed to be said, not because of any desire to 'be controversial'). This led to tweets from people on both sides of the debate... So, whether you're a fellow blogger, a standard Facebook or Twitter user, or even a politician, here are my personal tips for dealing with the anger of the internet.

Rape: What Can Britain Do About It?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Unfortunately, as humans, if we have a notion that a crime can be gotten away with, then the incidence of that crime will be reflected in that belief; a virtue all too common place in sexual violence.

London Doctor Accused Of Carrying Out Female Genital Mutilation

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

A doctor is set to be grilled by the medical watchdogs, accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a patient. Dr Sureshkumar Vallabhdas P...

Nigella: Saatchi 'Threatened To Destroy Me'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Nigella Lawson has claimed Charles Saatchi threatened to "destroy" her and she endured a "summer of bullying and abuse", the TV chef told a jury heari...

Child Exploitation and Gangs: Our Teenagers Need Support

Matthew Reed | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The scale of sexual violence experienced by young women and girls, in particular those who have some association with gangs, is shocking. But what is particularly worrying is that many of the professionals tasked with keeping young people safe are repeatedly failing them.

Mother Who Burnt Off Son's Nipples And Penis Jailed

Huffington post UK | Chris York | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A mother who burnt off her son's nipples and penis with a lighter has been jailed for 30 years. Christine Gelineau, 53, from Massachusetts, beat an...

Why I Need Feminism

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Feminism shouldn't be a gendered concern. By this I mean that feminism shouldn't be something that only women care about. As a man, I don't profess to need feminism as much as my female friends. I'm not the one being held back because of my gender, or having obscenities thrown at me in the streets...

Human Traffickers Will Get Life Sentences In Tough Crackdown On Slavery (INFOGRAPHIC)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK

Human traffickers will be given life sentences in the worst cases, under new sanctions to tackle slavery in the UK, in new legislations planned by min...

Government Fund for Adopters - Commendable or Glaringly Inadequate?

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Abuse and neglect have obvious emotional, physical and psychological costs. The monetary impact is more challenging to analyse and anyone who does so risks vitriolic accusations of being as cold, insentient and azoic as the calculator used to make their estimates.

The Ask.fm Disaster

Danielle Lowe | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

I now no longer feel comfortable using ask.fm after I received threats and abuse that lead me to want to end my own life. I don't know whether they were doing it as some sick joke, they knew me personally or just hurl abuse at 'the twitter left'.