UK Rape

The World Needs Angry Mothers

J.J. Barnes | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

all women everywhere Now I'm not just an angry woman, I'm an angry mother and an angry feminist, and I have to assume that anyone who isn't angry simply doesn't know the truth, because how can anybody good, anybody who cares about other people, not be angry?

Man Walks Free From Court After Admitting Raping Girl, 12

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK

A 21-year-old man who admitted rape after having sex with a 12-year-old girl has walked free from court. Daniel Cieslak wept after police informed him...

Judge Slammed For ‘Victim-Blaming’ After Warning Women ‘Get Drunk And Risk Rape’

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK

A female judge who warned women they are at greater risk of being raped if they get drunk has been accused of victim-blaming by a police commissioner....

Women Of The World Festival Drops Rape Survivor And Perpetrator Following Petition

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The Women of the World (WoW) Festival has removed an event from its schedule following an online petition that received more than 2,000 signatures. T...

One Woman's Voice - Asking 'Why Me?'

Lucy Jaffe | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Lucy Jaffe

Today is International Women's Day and the theme 'Be Bold for Change' strikes a chord with us here at 'Why me?' The bold change that we campaign for...

Why Does Game of Thrones Make Rape A Form Of Entertainment?

Veronica Lazarus | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Veronica Lazarus

There's a reason I stopped watching Game of Thrones. It wasn't because of the violence or the sex which some might perceive as gratuitous. It wasn't because there aren't any morals or lessons to be learned from the story being portrayed. But I did have an issue with the treatment of women in the series.

TV Like Broadchurch Can Help Rape Survivors Find Their Voice

Rebecca Hitchen | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Hitchen

For survivors to see their own experiences reflected back to them can be a powerful thing, it can help them recognise that they are not alone in what they have lived through and continue to cope with. These TV shows can help survivors to find ways to speak about their experiences and access support, and can help society realise just how important it is to believe survivors, and to support them and be alongside them. I also hope it will help foster a shift in attitudes where we place the blame and shame on perpetrators, where it belongs.

When Is An Abuser Not An Abuser?

Jean Hatchet | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

To my particular abuser, who did many but not all of the things above, I say this. Every time I say sorry for no reason. That's on you. Every time I flinch at a raised voice. That's on you. Every time I wake sweating from a nightmare of what you did. That's on you. Every time I cry remembering the things you did and said. That's on you.

I Raped You - Now I Want Contact

Natasha Phillips | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

The impact of rape lasts long after the physical event has taken place. Women who have been raped are more likely to commit suicide and are prone to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can include flashbacks, severe anxiety, recurring nightmares and depression. Allowing a rapist to have access to a child born out of a rape only enhances the trauma and forces the victim to relive that fear and anxiety on a regular basis.

Rape Survivor And Perpetrator Stand Side By Side On Stage To Deliver Powerful Message About Consent

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A rape survivor and the man who raped her stood side by side on stage to deliver a powerful message about consent. Thordis Elva was just 16 years old ...

It's Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence Awareness Week: Why It Matters

Emily Jacob | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Emily Jacob

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness week matters because it shines a light on a subject usually seen as taboo and it brings it kicking and screaming out into the open. Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness week matters and I'm grateful that it exists.

Online Dating - Happy Ever After Or A Descent Into Hell?

Emily Jacob | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Jacob

I don't know if they removed his profile, or if he removed it voluntarily. They never replied to me. The next thing I knew, I was being charged for membership: despite having written to inform them one of their subscribers had raped me, they wanted to continue to charge me! Eventually, when they did agree to cancel my subscription, their 'sorry you're leaving' email still contained the standard 'but if you'd like to join us again' text. It was the definition of insult to injury.

A Letter To The Man Who Tried To Rape Me

Sara Roebuck | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Roebuck

Your eyes were black and you looked straight into my soul and told me you didn't give a fuck that I said no, that I had a tampon. You held your thick wrist against my chest whilst you abused me, whilst you fumbled with your belt and pushed my underwear to one side, constraining my freedom by forcing my legs apart. Whilst I kicked and screamed and cried, you grabbed and constrained and yanked and hurt every part of me that in no given universe would I have consented you to touch.

Every Survivor Matters

Rosie Burnham | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

Deep down I know change is happening slowly but we mustn't forget that every survivor matters, every survivor should be listen too equally.

Sexual Entitlement

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

While this news has caused a huge amount of disgust, it needs to be questioned what caused both men to think that shooting a rape sequence without the consent of the actress involved was in any way the right or necessary thing to do.

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan - From An 'Alleged' Rape Survivor

Emily Jacob | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

Dear Mr Morgan - Thank you. Thank you for being the person who verbalises what we think everyone else is thinking, but too polite to say. Thank you for telling me I wasn't raped, that it was, as I sometimes think it might have been, all in my head. The CPS didn't prosecute him, so according to you, it didn't happen. Thank you for absolving me of that memory, which years of treatment for PTSD, whilst helping me with the PTSD, hadn't managed to remove. Oh, and also, thank you for confirming that I didn't have PTSD either, not having been in a war, I could know nothing of what PTSD is - it was all in my head.

What It Means To Be A Man During The 16 Days Of Action For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women And Girls

Luke Martin | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Luke Martin

I want to raise awareness and show my support to all victims, and get the world having the conversation that violence and abuse is never ok and there is support out there. Together we can make a change.

All Charges Dropped In Dubai Rape Claim After 'Video Reveals Consent’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK

A British woman who was arrested after claiming she was gang raped in Dubai has had all charges against her dropped. The 25-year-old tourist, who al...

I Am A Rape Survivor And I'm Not Staying Quiet

Emma Charlotte | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Charlotte

Whilst the choice to consent was taken from me four years ago, I am making a choice now. I am not prepared to stay silent anymore. I refuse to be ashamed. I am ready to speak out - to be a voice for those who can't.

Fire And Ice - An Empowered First Step Helps Rape Survivors Achieve Anything

Emily Jacob | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

In my work to help rape survivors move beyond symptom management and lead a full and reconnected life again I am used to meeting some kick-ass, bad-as...

London Women Will Reclaim The Night And March For Justice For Rape Survivors

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK

Women will take back London in a march protesting rape and male violence on Saturday. Reclaim the Night encourages women everywhere to show support fo...

Nail Varnish That Detects Date Rape Drugs Could Be Available Next Year

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A nail varnish designed to detect date rape drugs could be available to buy as early as next year. The product, Undercover Colors, is the brainchild...

Teen Rape Victim Told By Agony Aunt She Had 'Acted Like A Girl Who Has Been Around'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An agony aunt in a teenage magazine has been widely criticised after appearing to blame a teenage rape victim for her assault and telling her to “be...

To Prevent Rape We Need To Rethink How We Do Sex

Alice Irving | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Irving

During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.

I Also 'Don't Vote With My Vagina', But Trumps Victory Signals That It's Still Very Much A Man's World

Roisin Kelly | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Roisin Kelly

People ask why women don't report sexual assault, why they are so hesitant in coming forward, here is why: we're living in a world where a man can have a dozen of these cases against him and still be elected President of the United States.