UK Rape

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...

Rape Is Rape

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

The rape or rapes may be violent or coercive; they may be committed with or without the use of drugs, alcohol or weapons. Whatever the situation, however this is done the survivor bears no shame. The shame belongs with the attacker.

To Platform Or Not To Platform?: How Rapists Can/Can't Be Involved In Public Conversations On Rape

Amira Elwakil | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Amira Elwakil

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence Earlier this month I set up a petition in an effort to get London's Southbank Centre to reconside...

Ride For Murdered Women

Jean Hatchet | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Jean Hatchet

Yesterday a judge told a man who forced a woman to drink bleach, hit her with a cricket bat and urged her to kill herself that he could walk away and ...

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.