UK Rape

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.

Online Dating - Happy Ever After Or A Descent Into Hell?

Emily Jacob | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Jacob

I don't know if they removed his profile, or if he removed it voluntarily. They never replied to me. The next thing I knew, I was being charged for membership: despite having written to inform them one of their subscribers had raped me, they wanted to continue to charge me! Eventually, when they did agree to cancel my subscription, their 'sorry you're leaving' email still contained the standard 'but if you'd like to join us again' text. It was the definition of insult to injury.

A Letter To The Man Who Tried To Rape Me

Sara Roebuck | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Roebuck

Your eyes were black and you looked straight into my soul and told me you didn't give a fuck that I said no, that I had a tampon. You held your thick wrist against my chest whilst you abused me, whilst you fumbled with your belt and pushed my underwear to one side, constraining my freedom by forcing my legs apart. Whilst I kicked and screamed and cried, you grabbed and constrained and yanked and hurt every part of me that in no given universe would I have consented you to touch.

Every Survivor Matters

Rosie Burnham | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

Deep down I know change is happening slowly but we mustn't forget that every survivor matters, every survivor should be listen too equally.

Sexual Entitlement

Arthur Peirce | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

While this news has caused a huge amount of disgust, it needs to be questioned what caused both men to think that shooting a rape sequence without the consent of the actress involved was in any way the right or necessary thing to do.

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan - From An 'Alleged' Rape Survivor

Emily Jacob | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

Dear Mr Morgan - Thank you. Thank you for being the person who verbalises what we think everyone else is thinking, but too polite to say. Thank you for telling me I wasn't raped, that it was, as I sometimes think it might have been, all in my head. The CPS didn't prosecute him, so according to you, it didn't happen. Thank you for absolving me of that memory, which years of treatment for PTSD, whilst helping me with the PTSD, hadn't managed to remove. Oh, and also, thank you for confirming that I didn't have PTSD either, not having been in a war, I could know nothing of what PTSD is - it was all in my head.

What It Means To Be A Man During The 16 Days Of Action For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women And Girls

Luke Martin | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Luke Martin

I want to raise awareness and show my support to all victims, and get the world having the conversation that violence and abuse is never ok and there is support out there. Together we can make a change.

All Charges Dropped In Dubai Rape Claim After 'Video Reveals Consent’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK

A British woman who was arrested after claiming she was gang raped in Dubai has had all charges against her dropped. The 25-year-old tourist, who al...

I Am A Rape Survivor And I'm Not Staying Quiet

Emma Charlotte | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Charlotte

Whilst the choice to consent was taken from me four years ago, I am making a choice now. I am not prepared to stay silent anymore. I refuse to be ashamed. I am ready to speak out - to be a voice for those who can't.

Fire And Ice - An Empowered First Step Helps Rape Survivors Achieve Anything

Emily Jacob | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

In my work to help rape survivors move beyond symptom management and lead a full and reconnected life again I am used to meeting some kick-ass, bad-as...

London Women Will Reclaim The Night And March For Justice For Rape Survivors

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK

Women will take back London in a march protesting rape and male violence on Saturday. Reclaim the Night encourages women everywhere to show support fo...

Nail Varnish That Detects Date Rape Drugs Could Be Available Next Year

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A nail varnish designed to detect date rape drugs could be available to buy as early as next year. The product, Undercover Colors, is the brainchild...

Teen Rape Victim Told By Agony Aunt She Had 'Acted Like A Girl Who Has Been Around'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An agony aunt in a teenage magazine has been widely criticised after appearing to blame a teenage rape victim for her assault and telling her to “be...

To Prevent Rape We Need To Rethink How We Do Sex

Alice Irving | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Irving

During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.

I Also 'Don't Vote With My Vagina', But Trumps Victory Signals That It's Still Very Much A Man's World

Roisin Kelly | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Roisin Kelly

People ask why women don't report sexual assault, why they are so hesitant in coming forward, here is why: we're living in a world where a man can have a dozen of these cases against him and still be elected President of the United States.

Rape Survivor Walks Fashion Week Catwalk To A Standing Ovation

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Style

A women’s rights campaigner and rape survivor received a standing ovation when she walked the runway during Pakistan Fashion Week in Karachi. Design...

This Is A Strong Contender For Most Ill-Advised Halloween Costume Of 2016

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

Every year, Halloween brings an inevitable slew of ill-advised costumes - but we may have found the worst example of 2016 right here. One gentleman in...

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...