Abuse

Domestic Abuse - Terrorism in the Home

Annabel Burn | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

We live in a country that prides itself on it's freedom and equality, and yet thousands of women live here in terror. Domestic Abuse has recently bee...

Adoptees: Lucky Escape or Forgotten Victims?

Ben Acheson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Adoption is widely regarded as a perfect arrangement for all parties and whilst it does generally benefit everyone involved, it is naive, one-dimensional and even dangerous to assume that it is a purely positive event without repercussions.

The Problem With PETA

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

I love animals. I really do. I'm a sucker for every cute kitten video and baby hedgehog GIF on the internet. Although I myself am not vegetarian, I barely eat meat and come from a family of vegetarians. I am staunchly against cosmetic animal testing, battery farming, and cruelty to animals in general. And yet despite this, I am also vehemently against PETA.

Not Forgetting Online Abuse

Paul Lambert | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Lambert

Clearly we as society, policymakers and website service providers need to consider how we can do more to ensure less people become victims of online abuse, commit suicide, have "bad internet experiences," are forced to move from school to school, home to home, and are even afraid to use the internet.

Chronically Ill Children at Risk

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A young child who is chronically ill or disabled in some way, weak and fragile, may easily fall victim to sexual abuse. Unfortunately a child whether physically or mentally handicapped can be at high risk; not understanding and often unable to communicate what is actually happening to them.

Archbishop Apologises For Church's Slow Action Over Woman's Abuse

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has apologised to a woman whose complaint of abuse was not taken seriously by a senior Church of England c...

We Must End the Conspiracy of Silence Surrounding the Abuse of Women in Asian Communities

Mahmood Naji | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

There is a specific form of abuse that I have noticed is most endemic in Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities. We hear of exceptional cases, of beatings, of forced marriages, of honour killings. But herein lies part of the problem.

Cardinal Sex Scandal 'A Serious Blow' To Scottish Catholics

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien's temporary successor has told a congregation there is little doubt the credibility and moral authority of the Catholic Church ...

Cardinal Admits Sexual Conduct 'Below Standards Expected Of Me'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardin...

We Must Do More to Give Child Abuse Victims a Voice

Carol Long | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK
Carol Long

The terrible commonality in all of these abuse cases is that children were afraid to speak out or did not think they would be believed. In Rochdale when victims did initially speak out, we now know they were not believed, and because of this some children continued to be abused.

Children Abandoned and Betrayed by the Church and State

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

How could virtually a whole society divest themselves of their moral responsibility for some of their most vulnerable citizens by handing over thousands of women and children to the Catholic Church to be kept in servitude in the Magdalene laundries? As we now know this happened in Ireland.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien Resigns To Contest 'Inappropriate Behaviour' Claims

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK

Cardinal Keith O'Brien has resigned to contest claims of inappropriate behaviour. Three priests and a former priest complained to the Vatican about...

Cardinal Should Help Pick Next Pope Despite Allegations, Says Leading Catholic

Posted 24.02.2013 | UK

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric should be allowed to help choose the next Pope despite facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour, the ...

The Battle Against Forced Marriages Continues

Priya Shah | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

Whilst Jasvinder's case was horrific, it was not an isolated one. Plenty more young girls were not forced marriage survivors like her, but instead faced the disastrous consequences of it, including honour-based crimes and even death.

The Faggot Problem on Twitter

James Dixon | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Tech
James Dixon

A quick search on Twitter pulls up an unending list of people using the term as a slur outside of its original context as a homophobic insult. The term has been adopted as a synonym to idiot and other generic insults. Whilst this has desensitised the word's meaning, the undertones of homophobic hate still linger unpleasantly.

In Waging War On Sexist Trolls, Feminists Echo The Victorian Ladies Who Campaigned Against Men's 'Coarse Jests'

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

Again and again, the assumption is made that women - far more so than men or teenage boys - are not cut out for negotiating the often dark, offensive internet. And so they need protecting from it; websites that offend them must be closed, and trolls who troll them must be silenced.

In an Age of Austerity is It Okay to Marry for Money?

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

For many women, "should one marry for love or money" was an amusing question in our 20s but has many more shades of grey in our 30s. In financially difficult times the split in answers seems to depend on where you stand. Fiscally.

Six Questions - And Answers - About 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mehdi Hasan

Zero Dark Thirty is a well-made and entertaining film but its entire plotline is built on a lie: that the torture of detainees by the CIA produced the intelligence which led the US to Osama Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. The movie effectively excuses and implicitly condones the torture that was done.

Eddie Kidd's Wife Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Stunt Man

PA | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

The estranged wife of paralysed former motorbike stunt rider Eddie Kidd has pleaded not guilty to assaulting him. Samantha Kidd, 44, is accused of ...

Good Will Hunting After Savile Affair

Dave Clements | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK
Dave Clements

The claim that 16,500 children were at risk of sexual exploitation (and 2,409 actually 'exploited') - notice the shift away from the comparatively precise term 'abuse' - over a period of 14 months was always ludicrous.

Defending Jimmy Savile

Scott Capurro | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Scott Capurro

Why is Savile being crucified for most men's slightly groping, misplaced, but ultimately harmless affections? What's in a peck on the cheek, other than a potential tongue? Isn't a hand on the knee just a simpler way of saying 'me likey'?

Rapists 'Should Face Longer Prison Terms'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

Rapists and sex attackers should face tougher prison terms according to the Sentencing Council, which points to the psychological and long-term effect...

If Women Are C**ts, What Does That Make You?

Ellie Slee | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ellie Slee

If you look, it's everywhere; not just when women are being violently battered, unprovoked, on the street. There are so many examples of the way that some men* colonise public space today, and as a result, I know very few women who feel safe walking in public alone.

'Are There Any More Queries?'

Martin Dorey | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Martin Dorey

I don't know whether or not the headmaster knew what was going on in his school on a daily basis but I know he failed to report the accusations until his retirement. Instead he tried, at least, to get rid of the abuser so he could do no more damage within the school itself.

The Power Struggle of Relationships

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ian Robertson

If this had been a workplace, she wouldn't have stood a chance - harassment, bullying, mental cruelty - any judge or tribunal would have nailed her. It was a ruthless public humiliation in front of strangers, a systematic dismantling of his qualities, personal, professional, looks, social, intellectual.