Rape Crisis

How Do You Support Survivors Of Abuse?

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Rape Crisis model of working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse. In 2008 Dr Helen Jones and I pu...

Rape Is Rape

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

The rape or rapes may be violent or coercive; they may be committed with or without the use of drugs, alcohol or weapons. Whatever the situation, however this is done the survivor bears no shame. The shame belongs with the attacker.

The New Series Of 'Broadchurch' 'Can Help Rape Survivors Find Their Voice', State Rape Crisis

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

‘Broadchurch’ is officially back on our screens and Monday (27 February) night’s series opener saw the sexual assault case that will be at the c...

Rape Crisis Explain Why They Support EastEnders' Dean Wicks Trial Verdict

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Entertainment

On Friday (19 August) night, ‘EastEnders’ viewers watched as Dean Wicks was found not guilty for the attempted rape of Roxy Mitchell, and Rape Cri...

This Lawyer's Blog On Rape Is As Awful As Its Title Suggests

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK

The views of a barrister who criticised new legal guidelines about rape in a blog called "She Was Gagging For It" have been branded "alarming" and "de...

The Nail Polish That Detects Date-Rape Drugs

Becky Hopper | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Women certainly shouldn't have to do anything in order to 'avoid being raped.' A woman staggering around in a drunken stupor, no nail polish to be seen, isn't an open invitation for a man to just do whatever he fancies.

Taxi Firms Must Stop Exploiting Female Students' Fears of Sexual Assault

Salma Haidrani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Salma Haidrani

University of Sheffield student and feminist activist Jenny Rose concurs: 'This advert is woefully bad taste. Using an implicit threat of violence as a way to sell your company to young female students leaves a very bad taste in my mouth and puts me off using their services'.

'I Brush Women Away Like Midges'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

The perverted DJ Jimmy Savile boasted to police about “brushing off girls like midges”, sickening transcriptions of his last police interview reve...

A Year Since Saville Was Exposed, Rape Calls Up 40%

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK

The scandalous ITV documentary, which revealed how Jimmy Saville preyed on children, teens and even patients in the hospitals he patronised, could be ...

Why We Need Woman vs The State (UK)

Sarah Cheverton | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Cheverton

As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the outsourcing giant G4S' flailing track record to deliver on public service contracts have been exploding across our newspapers, blogs and screens.

Rapists Are People Too

Ben Acheson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

Victims, and society as a whole, must recognise that rape is a crime just like any other and rapists must be punished appropriately for breaking their contract with society. 'Appropriately' is the keyword. No matter how much we want to string them up, our laws should be above human emotion.

Campaigners Bid To Close Loophole On 'Extreme' Online Porn

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Tech

A loophole in extreme pornography laws allowed the likes of childkillers Mark Bridger and Stuart Hazell to get their hands on images portraying rape, ...

Dirty Little Secrets? Children Conceived in Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

When a 14 year old Irish girl was raped and became pregnant in 1992, nobody knew that the shockwaves would still be rippling 20 years later. This week, the 'Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill' is navigating the Irish Parliament. If successful, abortion, where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, may soon be legalised in Ireland.

We Need to Talk About Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

For many of us, rape often remains invisible. It is not acknowledged, discussed or even prosecuted. Yet for survivors, it is a traumatic, life-changing event. Whether the assailant is unknown or even if he is a partner, survivors need support. Being in a relationship does not mean that sexual rights are void.

Felicity A Morse

Should Those Accused Of Rape Be Allowed To Remain Anonymous?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Protecting the identity of people accused of rape would be damaging and harmful both for victims and for society, campaigners have argued after it was...

Should Rape Defendants Stay Anonymous?

PA | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK

The case of Stuart Hall is likely to add fuel to the debate over whether those accused of sexual offences should be given anonymity unless proven guil...

Drunk Or 'Flirty' Rape Victims To Blame For Attacks, One In 12 Say

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK

Around one in 12 people believe sexual assault and rape victims are to blame if they are either drunk, under the influence of drugs or flirtatious wit...

Tory MP Says Short Skirts And Heels 'Make Women Vulnerable To Rapists'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

A Tory MP who claimed short skirts and high heels prevented women getting away from potential rapists has denied he was "victim blaming" and said his ...

'Your Body Is Not A Crime Scene': Rape Crisis Charity Blasts US Bill That Would Criminalise Abortions

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK

A UK rape charity has blasted a US bill that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term as “horrendous”. The bil...

Savile Report 'Must Be A Turning Point For How We Deal With Sexual Violence'

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 11.01.2013 | UK

Jimmy Savile was free to abuse up to 214 victims over 54 years, some of them under 10 years old because - as CPS head Keir Starmer put it - of "shortc...

The Missing Children's Minister?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics

Women's groups and MPs have criticised Children's Minister Ed Timpson for failing to attend a key debate on child sexual exploitation, with two charit...

Dina Rickman

EXCLUSIVE: Councils Slashing Domestic Violence And Rape Crisis Budgets

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK

Services aimed at helping vulnerable women, including refuges and rape crisis centres, are facing "disastrous" million-pound cuts as local authorities...

Galloway Suing NUS After Being Banned For Rape Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Respect MP George Galloway is suing a students' union after he was banned by the group for being a "rape denier". The National Union Of Students (N...

George Galloway Banned By The NUS After Rape Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has banned George Galloway for being a "rape denier", despite a last-ditch plea from a member of his office who claimed...

Misogynistic Twitter Bile About Ched Evans Case Shows Law Needs to Change

Katie Russell | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK
Katie Russell

The Little Tweets of Misogyny tumblr carries a number of high-profile 'trigger warnings' for survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence before it allows you to read its contents, and not without good cause. It's simply a collection of Twitter posts that have appeared since the sentencing of Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans rape but it is appalling both in the volume and violence of the misogynistic abuse it contains.