Rape Culture

When 'Yes' Equals Rape

Amber Amour | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

Some argue, "learn how to speak up for yourself. Just say "no." But nos are often ignored and become impossible to say when someone feels like they have no choice. The CONTEXT in which consent is given is the most important part and needs to be taken seriously by us as individuals, by court officials & police, and by the whole of society.

Rape Jokes Are Not The Issue - The Joke's Target Is The Issue

Mia Doring | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Mia Doring

Downright mean jokes about rape, like Jimmy Carr's 'nine out of ten people in a gang rape said they enjoyed it' are the damaging ones. The hilarity is that the tenth person didn't enjoy it because the tenth person was the gang rape victim.

I Am Not the Exception: Everyday Sexism #WhenIWas Campaign

Kate Delaney | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Delaney

I never received any sex and relationship education and I know that had a significant effect on me and my childhood. It won't solve everything, but I am sure it would go a long way to helping this issue and more generally, result in happier and more confident adults.

Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Silences the Victims Not Protect Them

Alexander Morgan | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Morgan

Instead of offering a hand to help survivors face their experiences head on, we shut them away in a dark lonely room where no one acknowledges what happened to them, forcing them into a silence and taking their voice away - ultimately prolonging their recoveries.

Jeremy Corbyn Is Wrong on the Sex Industry, But Labour Needs to Reform the Laws on Sexual Offences

David Lindsay | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

I am a supporter of the Leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. He has brought world class economists into the British political debate for the first time in 35 years. He has broken the hegemony of neoconservative foreign policy. He has forced the media to admit the existence of the strong left-wing critique of the European Union. But, just as I favour withdrawal from the EU at this stage rather than once Corbyn's proposals for a Social Europe had been rejected, so I also disagree profoundly with him about the sex industry.

Dating Apps, Rape and the Lack of Safety in Online Dating

Sofie Sandell | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

Why isn't the online dating industry forced to check who they let in before they allow people to start using dating apps? Having rapists and criminals pretending to be 'the honest guy' in the world of online dating is just awful.

Julie Bindel Slams Calls To Ban Donald Trump And 'Pro-Rape' Advocate From UK

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK

Feminist writer Julie Bindel has slammed calls to ban controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump and "pro-rape" advocate Roosh V from entering ...

Why I Love Glasgow: Anti-Rape Protest at George Square

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

I could probably list a hundred reasons why I love Glasgow, with everything from the culture, music, architecture, nightlife, and countless restaurants, to buskers and bagpipers on Buchanan Street, the Clyde, the Duke of Wellington with his ever-stylish traffic cone hat, and, of course, the people of Glasgow themselves.

'New Breed' Of Rapist Sees Sex Crimes Linked To Dating Websites Soar Sixfold

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 07.02.2016 | UK

The number of allegations of stranger rapes linked to dating websites has increased sixfold in five years, Britain's top crime-fighting body has warne...

Germany's False Debate on New Year's Sexual Assaults

Matty Edwards | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

Germany's start to 2016 has been dominated by a wave of sexual assaults that took place in Cologne and elsewhere on New Year's Eve. A number of the suspects for these assaults were of North African origin, which has once again stirred up the main debate in Germany- how to deal with the European refugee crisis.

#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to abol...

New Campaign Seeks to Give India Back #HerVoice

Tristen Lee | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

This week, saw the launch of the #HerVoice campaign; an initiative led by British journalist and campaigner, Jenn Selby, which aims to raise awareness of the atrocities perpetrated every day, against women and young girls in India.

Unreported Rapes of Teens Show Smashing Rape Myths and Sexism Is Essential in Schools

Rachel Bell | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Bell

Girls do not report because of fear of reliving their trauma, the culture of shame, going to court, being judged, fearing the perpetrator and not being believed. But BBCThree's Sex on Trial clearly demonstrated other deep-rooted factors at play.

Why I Needed Consent Lessons

Sarah Redrup | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Redrup

As unions and universities, we have the perfect opportunity to grab the attention of young people moving into their new home. We can show them that it's okay to speak about consent and it's okay to speak about rape. We can be the ones to help survivors report and ask for help. We can be the ones to help destroy the shame that so often nips at their heels.

We Need Consent Taught at Universities

Rachel May | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel May

Teaching consent at Universities is not a cure-all: it is a start. We must take young people and sexual assault seriously, and the NUS and Students' Unions are taking necessary steps to do so. For those berating the need for further action, those disputing whether this is enough: there is no better place to start fighting rape culture and concepts of patriarchal masculinity, than in a classroom.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Women-Only Carriages Paradox

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Ending Victimisation and Blame

Women, who may be working, reading, sleeping or just not interested, are forced to negotiate their space knowing that the man sitting beside them might be the one who calls them a frigid bitch if they don't want to chat. Or, the one who punches her in the face.

Can You Name the Victims of Jack the Ripper?

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

If we want to end violence against women and girls, we need to start with ending the consumption of it as entertainment. We need to stop financially supporting an industry based on the construction of women as props in order recognise that women are people too.

Getting Touchy: Reg D Hunter and Offensive Comedy - Part 2

Lucy Danser | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Lucy Danser

Whether or not Hunter was within his rights to say those jokes or whether the audience members were within their rights to complain, one thing occurred to me. They weren't even on the same page.

These Are Our Daughters!

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Let me say this loud and clear: the sex fiends are a small minority. Most Asian or Muslim men are not hunting and hurting young white girls... That said, we Asians must dig deep and recognise that there is something rotten in our cultures, deeper reasons why these men do what they do.

#BlameOneNotAll: I Want a Nobel Peace Prize for Not Kicking Random Men in the Goolies

Louise Pennington | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

Rather than spending the next 40 years holding ticker tape parades and award ceremonies for every single woman who did not commit an act of violence in the last 24 hours, we could just point out the #BlameOneNotAll campaign, created by media company Mintified, is just another pile of misogynistic drivel

Someone At Budweiser Thought This 'Rapey' Beer Slogan Would Be OK

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The American beer company behind Bud Light has apologised after a new slogan prompted outrage online. The tagline on their bottles read "the perfec...

#NotGuilty: Young Woman Launches Campaign With Open Letter To Shame 'Sex Attacker'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A young woman has launched an online campaign to shame a man she says sexually attacked her in a north London street, and who has since pleaded "not g...

And The Award For Most 'Reckless' Advert In The World Goes To...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An anti-vaccination group has come under fire after a photograph was posted on its Facebook page which compared rape to being vaccinated. The "reck...

Bystander Intervention in Rape Culture

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Fiona McPhillips

A video has emerged showing hundreds of people standing and watching while an incapacitated woman was gang raped on a beach in Florida during spring break celebrations last month. The police officer investigating the incident said the footage was the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen.

This T-Shirt Worn At Coachella Is Beyond The Pale

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

You know when you see something that makes you genuinely rub your eyes in disbelief? This is one of those moments. A man at Coachella has s...