UK Rape

Breaking The Silence

Sam Thompson | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thompson

By talking about my feelings, showing emotion, acknowledging that this has happened to me and admitting I didn't fight back I'm not any less of a man. This is 2017 and it's about time that what is perceived as "manliness" changed. Be strong. And remember one thing. In survival we unite.

Don't Lump Muslims With Jacob Rees-Mogg On Abortion After Rape - We're Not That Extreme

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Politics
Sufiya Ahmed

The 'What if a Muslim had said this' argument implies that Muslims secretly agree with Mr Rees-Mogg, but are just too frightened to voice their real views. This is simply not true. Muslims have not stood up to claim that they disagree with a raped woman's abortion simply because they do not believe that. The vast majority of the 1.6billion Muslims in the world do not believe that ALL abortion is forbidden. Yes, you read that correctly.

Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

The Way We Prosecute Rape Is Changing. Is This For The Better?

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

We need to put measures in place which encourage women to report, take survivors' needs into account, and offer them hope of fairness and justice. Centring the crime and not the complainant in a rape trial moves to address this, and sets us on the right path.

Woman Jailed For 10 Years For Making 9 False Rape Claims

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK

A woman who made a string of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations cost the police more than £250,000 and around 6,400 hours of work. Jemm...

Thanks To Taylor Swift, Now Is The Time To Stop Apologising And To Stand Up Against Men Groping Women

Kate Beavis | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Beavis

When I was a teenager, having drank far too much wine, I got into a difficult position with someone that took advantage of me. I didn't know how to handle the situation, through inexperience, through drunkenness and through fear.

Being Too Scared To Say No Is A Very Clear Way Of Saying No

Laura Bennett | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bennett

We know what fear looks like, but most of all we know what fear feels like and if someone feels it solely at the hands of you, there is absolutely no excuse to continue. Don't fool yourself that there is.

Man Charged After Teenager Raped Twice In One Night

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK

A man has been charged with rape after a 14-year-old girl was attacked twice on the same night. Khurram Rahi, 27, from Smethwick, will appear at Birmi...

Two Men Arrested After Teenage Girl Raped Twice In One Night

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK

Two men have been arrested after a 14-year-old girl was raped twice on the same night. Detectives said the teenager was first assaulted in a secluded ...

The Ethics Of Creating Robots For Rape

Julian Vigo | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

Is the idea that because we can do it, it should be done?   Would the world be done away with racism or anti-semitism if robots were offered to the bigots of the planet to act out their aggressions upon this symbolic life force?  Why is it inevitably the female form which is deemed OK to violate, but never other categories of  bodies in the aim of "social repair".

The Insidious And Misguided Shame Imposed Onto Sexual Assault Survivors

Laura Bennett | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK
Laura Bennett

Though it may feel as though society is moving forward, that rape convictions are increasing and that young people are educated on consent more than ever, there is still an insidious force lingering within our fundamental societal constructs, projecting misguided shame and even potentially contributing to the perpetuation of minuscule rates of reporting violent crime and sexual offences.

Marching Against The DUP

Fran Springfield | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics
Fran Springfield

Decent, safe homes, a woman's right to choose, a society that does not discriminate, these are values for all. We will continue to demonstrate until they are achieved.

Men: Don't Rape Women

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

Reading Dark Chapter as a heterosexual male caused a lot of reflection. Toxic male sexuality, machismo, is something I do not like. Y'know, that pressure to behave in or tolerate certain behaviours and attitudes. It makes me uncomfortable, because this culture makes me worry that I - and most men like me - could probably get away with rape.

Father-Of-Two Splits From Teacher Wife Who Raped Him As A Boy

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK

A man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was jailed for raping him has filed for legal separation from her. Vili Fualaau, 33 asked t...

Advice To Ched Evans

Jean Hatchet | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

Since rape is a crime that can only be committed by a biological male according to UK law, then the onus really is upon the man to police his own potentially rapist behaviour. I can see you think this is unfair. It isn't. It is the law.

Ched Evans Warns Women About Drinking Because Of ‘Genuine Rapists Out There’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK

Footballer Ched Evans has warned women about the dangers of drinking “because there are genuine rapists out there.” Evans was jailed in 2012 for t...

Iraq's War On Women Inside And Outside The Home

Shaista Aziz | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Shaista Aziz

As Iraqi forces continue to battle the so called Islamic State for control of Mosul, the danger and threats to the lives of Iraqi civilians is increas...

Thoughts On 13 Reasons Why

Kate Delaney | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Delaney

*Trigger warning: mentions of sexual assault and suicide* Image credit: Netflix I know, I'm late to this topic. I've heard so much about 13 Reasons...

Six Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Is The Best Thing to happen to TV of late.

Sophie Pope | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Pope

An audience divided, viewers of 13 Reasons Why have had a lot of opinions on how the show televised rape, bullying and suicide. Schools are warning ch...

'Victim-Blaming' Row Judge Says Precautions Against Rape Just Like Locking Doors To Stop Burglars

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK

A judge at the centre of a rape “victim-blaming” controversy has compared her comments to warning people about locking their doors to protect them...

13 Reasons Why's Suicide Scene Is Hard To Watch - But That's The Point

Jess Austin | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jess Austin

I understand that people are especially worried about the effect the show will have on vulnerable teenagers, but sadly, suicide is so prevalent in our society. As a teenager I, like so many others, had a Tumblr account. And, like so many others, as I was scrolling through endless pictures of cats, glitter and tattoos, I would come across pictures of self harm

Watching My Friend Endure A Rape Trial Confirmed Everything I Knew About Rape Culture

Caitlin Roper | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

In the week leading up to Christmas, I had a lot of festive-type things on my to-do list. Purchasing gifts, finally putting up the tree, and preparing to go away to visit family. But that's not what I did.

Why Do Women 'Jump On The Bandwagon' Of Abuse Accusations?

J.J. Barnes | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK
J.J. Barnes

The women who stand up and make it known are the bravest of us all.  Braver than me.  If I stood up I am almost certain others would follow yet I am paralysed by fear.  I have seen the condemnation, the scrutiny, the abuse these brave women are met with and I am too frightened to face it myself.  His word against mine, and I know how many voices will shout from his side about how abused he is by my speaking out.  And I am afraid.  Those women who face that, who lead the way, they are the bravest of us all.

Scotland Is Failing Sexual Assault Victims And It's Unacceptable

Alexander Morgan | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK
Alexander Morgan

As a survivor of assault myself, I can say from first-hand experience how much courage and bravery it takes to tell someone you've been violated. You sweat buckets, struggle to draw breath, shake like an ancient Nokia as you stumble on every word - trying to figure out a way of saying what you need to without saying the "R" word.

People Are Asking 'What Have We Become' Now There's A Form For Raped Benefit Claimants

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK

Women who get pregnant as a result of rape will have to fill in an eight-page form to prove it before being granted benefits, the government has annou...