UK Rape

Turning Up The Volume On Sexual Assaults At Music Festivals

Zahra Awaiz-Bilal | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Zahra Awaiz-Bilal

Whilst generally a positive experience, with like minded individuals gathering in one place to share their passion for music, these festivals also create the opportunity for vulnerable individuals to be targeted for sexual assaults by those who take advantage of the care-free atmosphere.

Get Your Facts Right!

Duncan Craig | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Duncan Craig

Labelling sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, prostitution, and forced marriage as 'violence against women and girls' is not only factually incorrect but also it silences the boys and men from ever stepping out of their darkness.

Survival: From Birth to Marriage

Louise Lawless | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louise Lawless

Step 1; Make it out of the Womb. (pre-birth) Admittedly, this step is entirely out of your control. Antiquated, discriminatory traditions may be an ob...

Someone Needs To Tell The Media That Brock Turner Isn't The Victim

Emma Critchley | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Emma Critchley

The media needs to stop normalising rape and pushing blame onto the victim. Secret survivors of rape are everywhere. This burden will always be with them. We need to make it easier for survivors of rape to talk about what has happened; we need to make it easier for survivors to come forward. The media needs to stop with its crude reporting of rape.

Breaking The Silence: Surviving The Guilt Of Rape

Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Shadi-Sade Sarreshtehdarzadeh

Rape is still one of the lowest reported, and convicted crimes, and in order to change that, we need to come forward and break our silence. We need to stand together, not just as rape survivors, but as communities, and shout that we will not accept the objectification and abuse of our bodies - male or female.

Woman Schools Men In Sexual Consent With Analogy About Stealing Money

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

In this day and age, it’s pretty sad that the issue of consent is still a grey area for some. But that’s the reality. According to Rape Crisis, ro...

Rankin's Moving Photos For 'My Body Back' Campaign Empowers Survivors Of Rape

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When a person has survived rape, they need a support system that is both physical and emotional. For women in particular, it is also about being able ...

Comedian Perfectly Sums Up Why Victim-Blaming Is Bull****

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When a person is raped or assaulted it has absolutely nothing to do with how much they’ve had to drink or what they’re wearing. The fault is entir...

Why I'm Doing a Topless Comedy Show

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

I feel safe and liberated standing in front of a crowd topless. Its a way of reclaiming my body and sexuality. Free the Nipple is not about telling other women (or men) what to do, its about choice, body equality and perception.

When Someone You Love Gets Accused of Rape

Amber Amour | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amber Amour

Let's get real: the men who are raping women and getting off scot-free are our friends, brothers, sons, cousins, uncles, fathers, grandfathers, doctors, law enforcers, judges, lovers, partners, husbands.

Teenage Girl Gang Raped In London Park In Broad Daylight

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a teenage girl was gang raped in Bromley. On 3 July between 6-8pm the victim was approached b...

Fury As ‘R U Asking For It?’ Leaflets Distributed At Teen Sex Consent Workshop

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK

Leaflets appearing to lay the blame of sex offences at the feet of victims have been handed out to teenagers during a talk about consent. The flyer, w...

Hearing For Judge Who Asked Alleged Rape Victim ‘Why Couldn’t You Keep Your Knees Together’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

There will be a public hearing into the conduct of a Federal Court Judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her legs toget...

Filming Schedule Left Me ‘Feeling Like A Raped Woman’ Complains Bollywood Star

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK

A Bollywood superstar has caused public uproar by claiming shooting his upcoming movie was so grueling he felt like a “raped woman”. Salman Khan...

Why We Must Teach People Like Brock Turner About Consent

Joana Keys | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joana Keys

It was not all out in-your-face grabbing and groping. It was slow calculated grinding. His hips jutted forward, subtly enough that he could pretend to be balancing himself if I cried sexual assault.

I Got Groped in a Bar Again

Mia Doring | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

I thought somehow my age meant that I wouldn't get groped in bars any more. I thought somehow my age meant if I did I wouldn't feel the way I felt. When I swung around to confront the groper, he disappeared into the packed crowd without looking at me. He touched me, but he wouldn't look at me.

Teaching Girls to Say No and Yes

Sarah Newton | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

We must teach our girls properly about how to love themselves, their bodies and what consent really means. We must talk to them about saying Yes as much as we talk to them about saying No and we must have conversations with them about being safe.

Rylan Prompts Backlash With Consent Comments

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

UPDATE: Rylan Clark-Neal Addresses Backlash Amid Latest 'This Morning' Controversy Rylan Clark-Neal has come under fire after making a series of comme...

How Can We Change Rape Culture?

Emma Fulu | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Emma Fulu

It is time to move beyond outrage and take real action. Governments need to address the political, social, and economic structures that subordinate women, and implement national plans and make budget commitments to invest in actions by multiple sectors to prevent and respond to abuse. Only then do we have a chance of ending violence against women and creating cultures of equality and respect.

The Voice of the Victim

Kate Holliday | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Holliday

I ask you again to read this woman's statement. We must pay attention to her side of the story, we must appreciate her bravery, we must listen to her voice despite others' attempts to silence it. For every instance of misdirected blame, for every statement carefully constructed to invalidate her story, we must stand up and fight with her. Do not let Brock Turner fill in the gaps in her story; for it is too important and too courageous to be tampered with.

Qatar Convicts Dutch Rape Survivor for Having Sex Outside Of Marriage

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK

A Dutch woman who told police she had been raped in Qatar has been convicted of having sex outside of marriage. The 22-year-old woman had been held fo...

Lena Dunham And 'Girls' Co-Stars Want You To Support Survivors Of Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Lena Dunham and her 'Girls' co-stars have created a video encouraging people to show their support for survivors of sexual assault. The message of th...

Brock Turner is Reinforcing Rape Culture

Nell Grecian | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nell Grecian

It's pretty ridiculous that here and now, a considerable way through 2016, we are still telling people not to have sex with anyone else against their will. It truly is baffling to read, see and hear what modern society's concept of rape really is.

At 20 Years Old, You Shouldn't Have to 'Learn' That Rape is Wrong

Brittany Dawson | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brittany Dawson

I'm no expert, but I'm certain 'urge to rape' isn't a side effect of one too many vodka red bulls, and it's terrifying to think that some people deem sexual assault not only an unfortunate, but almost unavoidable side effect of being young and drunk at university.

Father Defends Stanford University Sex Attacker Son Facing Jail ‘For 20 Mins Of Action’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK

The father of an athlete convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a university campus has argued his six-month jail term is “a steep...