UK Rape

Sexual Assault Victims Will Finally Be Listened To By Their Universities, Under New Guidance

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Universities need to overhaul their approach to sexual assault and adopt a hands-on, zero-tolerance policy when dealing with these incidents, a new re...

The Reaction To Evans' Acquittal Is Bound To Do Damage

Mia Doring | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Mia Doring

Considering that most rapists walk free from court, or never even make it to court in the first place, what is off-putting, what is frightening, and what is silencing, is the hysterical, gleeful, response from men and women, denigrating the complainant with a level of passion about rape which I never see in response to an actual rape conviction.

Women Will Always Be Society's Biggest Losers

Emma Critchley | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Emma Critchley

I am at a loss. The Evans court case has filled me with such unease. Mostly, I am worried that this will put other women off from reporting their rape cases. Who on earth would want to put their past sex life up to such intense scrutiny? It just feels so wrong, on so many levels that I can't get my head round it all.

Supporters Of Ched Evans' Accuser To Raise £50,000 For Her New Life In Australia

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

More than £15,000 has been raised by well-wishers in support of the woman who accused Ched Evans of rape. Evans was jailed in 2012 for the rape of th...

Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini And Nigel Evans Should Drop Campaign For Suspect Anonymity

Sarah Green | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Sarah Green

On Friday we sent an open letter to Cliff Richard, Paul Gambaccini and Nigel Evans MP asking them to re-consider their 'campaign' for anonymity for those suspected of sexual offences. In the letter we argue that we have an open legal system for good reason...

Ched Evans: This Verdict Was Personal; I Need To Look For Silver Linings

Emily Jacob | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

Because I cannot live in a world which has no hope, I need to look for the silver linings. And I do see them.

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Rape After Alleged Parliament Attack

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay’s chief of staff named as the young man facing rape claim. Police are investigating an alleged rape in Parli...

Sexual History Is Not Circumstantial Evidence

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

Sexual history apparently constitutes circumstantial evidence in a court of law. Are women now legally bound by the expectation to behave in exactly the same way with any man that they have done with any man previously in the entirety of their romantic lives?

The Hollyoaks Consent Storyline Is Uncomfortable Viewing - And Not Just For The Obvious Reason

Emily Jacob | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Emily Jacob

Nick raped Ellie. It is irrelevant that she kissed him, or invited him into her bedroom. She couldn't stand up, she was talking nonsense about pandas, she turned away from him. The next day, she couldn't remember what had happened. If someone is not enthusiastically demonstrating with their words, their body language, their actions, that they are consenting to sex, then they are not consenting to sex.

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.