UK Rape

We Need a Nuanced Discussion of Rape Culture

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Ending Victimisation and Blame

We need to talk about why the woman raped isn't considered an important part of this news story. We need to talk about why a woman who was raped, forced to leave her home and change her name isn't considered worthy of the same consideration as her rapist... Why are we more concerned with Evans' career but not that of the woman who was raped?

Ched Evans It Now A Free Man

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Footballer Ched Evans' family have described the disgraced striker as a "role model" in a post on their website, as the convicted rapist was left pris...

No, a Convicted Rapist Should Not Be Allowed to Resume His Former Job

Rachel Thompson | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

If Evans were guilty of murder, I sincerely doubt that his fans would be welcoming him back with open arms. Rape is a serious crime and it ruins lives. The take-home message should Evans be reinstated is that rape is not taken seriously as a crime.

Rape Is Always an Act of Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

The obsession with the theory that rape itself doesn't cause bodily harm is so very dangerous... It causes physical, psychological and emotional trauma. The emotional and psychological trauma can have physical effects like depression, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

How Come the BBC Was Right to Show a Rape Scene in Eastenders?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lykke Scheel Lyons

If you choose to watch the soap with your child, you should be willing and able to discuss any issues the programme brings up, including that of sexual violence. If your child is old enough to understand that the implied rape scenes depict a rape, then she is old enough to be taught that rape does not just happen on an unlit path at night.

Daily Mail's Sarah Vine Just Reignited The Ched Evans Rape Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK

The controversy over the footballing return of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Sheffield United has engulfed social media and the British tabloids toda...

Vigilante Mob Hack Off 'Rapist's' Genitals With Meat Cleaver (GRAPHIC PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK

A man caught allegedly attempting to rape a teenage girl was set upon by a vigilante group who hacked off his genitals with a meat cleaver. These h...

Oxford Student Heads Mock Anti-Rape Classes: 'Consent Is A Thing Now. Apparently'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Oxford University were left shocked and appalled after a newsletter was distributed seemingly mocking the anti-rape courses designed to te...

An Inconvenient Truth: How India Enshrines Masculine Entitlement to a Woman's Body in Its Law

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It's a very black stain against it that the government of India has refused to dismantle a legal framework that allows a man to have non consensual sex with any woman (whatever his relationship to her), or to dismantle a legal framework that allows a man to legally have sex (consensual or not) with a fifteen year old child.

Men Falsely Accused of Rape Also Deserve Justice

Bob Morgan | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Morgan

More needs to be done to protect women who are victims of such crimes and the criminal justice system needs to get better at it. I think all this is true - but I don't think that that injustice means it is right to deny men justice when they suffer imprisonment and disgrace for something they did not do.

Lena Dunham Reveals She Was Date Raped At College

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

In her new book 'Not That Kind of Girl', Lena Dunham reveals that she was date raped in college. Ahead of the book's release, the 'Girls' actress ...

Linking Police Referral Rates With Attitudes to Rape

Rosie Tallant | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Tallant

Sulkowicz reported her own rape case to both the university and the police back in May, but no charges were brought against her alleged attacker. Although this might not seem like grounds for protest in itself, she has stated that she felt badly mistreated by police officers.

Women, Nice Guys, and Other Human Beings

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Mallison

Sex is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but the very reason sex is sought after and enjoyed by so many is because of the exhilaration of self validation that goes along with the knowledge that someone is attracted to you in the same way you are to them... consent is hot. To coerce, force yourself on someone, or drug them just so you can have your way with them is an awful thing for anybody to do.

How Not to Victim Blame

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

He tries to have sex with her, she says no but carries on kissing him. This continues for a while until eventually the girl is lying still and only able to whisper "no" in his ear, while he has sex with her...

Student Vows To Carry Her Mattress Around Campus Until Her Rapist Is Expelled From University

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student at a university in the US has vowed to carry the mattress she was allegedly sexually assaulted on around campus until her rapist is expelled...

Why We Should Remove 'Victim' From Our Vocabulary

Sophie Pope | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Do we really want to go through life being labelled a victim? The word 'victim' connotes frailty. It says 'handle with care', 'don't push it', 'poor thing'. Do we want to be looked at that way just because of an isolated incident that happened through no fault of our own?

'I Was Raped At Oxford University. The Police Pressured Me Into Dropping Charges'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student who claimed she was raped at Oxford University says she was pressured by local police to drop the charges against her attacker. The claim...

This Female Judge Expects To Be 'Pilloried' For Her Views On Rape

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

A top female judge has sparked a furious row after claiming conviction rates for rape in Britain won't improve until "women stop getting so drunk." ...

Students Create Nail Varnish To Detect Date Rape Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students at a US university is creating a nail varnish to detect date rape drugs, which will enable the wearer to detect whether their drin...

From the Sickening to the Bizarre, Indian Politicians Still Don't Get Rape

Nita Bhalla | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nita Bhalla

Covering women's rights issues for so many years in India, I still find the number of ways women and girls are abused and discriminated against unfathomable. From their discrimination in accessing health care, education and employment opportunities, to their brutal rapes and murders.

Julian Assange Says He Will Leave Embassy 'Soon'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Julian Assange has said he will leave the Ecuadorian Embassy "soon", after reportedly falling ill in his two years hiding there to avoid arrest and ex...

'Return' Of Convicted Rapist Ched Evans To Football Sparks Fierce Debate

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Sport

More than 60,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield United not to reinstate convicted rapist Ched Evans as a player. It comes as a sup...

Louise Ridley

Jezebel Staff Have Written An Extraordinary Article On Site's 'Rape GIF Problem'

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

The staff of US-based women's blog Jezebel have publicly slammed their own bosses for failing to prevent hundreds of GIFs of violent porn and images o...

Girl Praised By Police After Cutting Off Rapist's Penis In Self Defence

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK

A teenage girl in India defended herself against her rapist uncle by cutting off his penis with a knife. And local police are praising her for her cou...

The Home Office Poster That Tells Us: 'Rape Happens When the Victim Has Been Drinking'

Pavan Amara | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Pavan Amara

Across all of these mediums, it was accused of "victim blaming", "betraying the trust of thousands affected every year" by sexual violence, and of "threatening" those who drink with "rape by implication."