Sexual Abuse

So Long As Men Remain Complicit, Women (And Gay Men Like Me) Will Keep Saying "Me Too"

James Downs | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

But the fact is, sexual assault IS ubiquitous in the gay scene. So normal has it been in my experience to be treated as a sexual object by other gay men, I rarely questioned it. I've even thought I should've felt flattered by it, that is it was desirable - laughing it off despite the sick feeling in my stomach, or the sense of disgust that comes with your bodily integrity being violated.

#MeToo: Why We Need To Talk To Our Children About The Harvey Weinstein Case

Jessie Wilson | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Parents
Jessie Wilson

Yesterday, I - like thousands of other women around the world - shared my experience of sexual abuse on social media, under the #MeToo hashtag. This was in response to a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano, urging people to post the words 'me too' if they had ever been sexually harassed or assaulted.

It's Time To Reject Objectification And Harassment for All Women, Not Just A Selection

Jane Williams | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Williams

Belatedly now I'm speaking out, fortunately from a better place in life. I'm married to a really understanding guy. I run my own business and I'm positive about my gender identity and sexual expression. When I was a girl I had no inspirational stories to read that helped me understand who I was.

Hollywood Has Enabled Weinstein & Co

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

"Seth MacFarlane announced Oscar nominees in 2013", he joked, "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey We...

Let's Not Pretend That Harvey Weinstein Is One Bad Apple

Kate Kinninmont MBE | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kate Kinninmont MBE

In the largely freelance world of film, it is difficult for junior people to speak up. And it is always the young and vulnerable who are targeted: sexual predators are deluded, not stupid. Weinstein is the tip of the iceberg. The problem will persist until women have achieved a greater degree of equality across the whole industry. We're making progress. But we're not there yet.

Digital Dangers: How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

Javed Khan | Posted 27.08.2017 | UK Parents
Javed Khan

A survey of our specialist child sexual exploitation services last year showed how nearly two thirds of children groomed online who were referred to us were sexually exploited after meeting the attacker they met online.

Women Only Carriages - Good Or Bad?

Michelle D Harris | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle D Harris

Women only carriages - is this what our nation has come to? That we have to segregate people like we are in prison, just to keep to be safe?

Sex Grooming: We Must Protect The Vulnerable

Qari Asim | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Qari Asim

The focus on race and religion of the perverse criminals detracts from the real issue. Sexual abuse is not an 'Asian issue' or a 'Muslim issue' - when it comes to wider child abuse nearly 90% of those convicted and on the sex offenders register are white men.

Schools Unearthing Abusive Behaviour Have Nowhere To Turn For Help, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics

Teachers who identify abusive behaviour among their pupils have nowhere to turn for proper support, despite government plans to ramp up relationships ...

Three Girls: BBC One Drama About Child Sex Abuse Is Disturbing But Essential Viewing

Javed Khan | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

We now know that Rochdale was not an isolated case. Child sexual exploitation has been uncovered in towns, cities and counties all over the country and it affects both girls and boys from all backgrounds. It is committed by abusers from all walks of life, ethnicities, cultures and classes and it robs children of their childhoods and tears families apart.

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.

When Online Authority Is Exploited

J.J. Barnes | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
J.J. Barnes

If you cannot handle a woman being seen in public because it hurts your feelings to see her happy, remove yourself, it is absolutely not her duty to hide herself away. She owes you nothing.

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?

Can't You Take A Joke?

Nicole Thomas | Posted 19.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Thomas

all women everywhere I am 37 years old. During my lifetime, I believed many of these things being said to me were compliments. I believed all the uninvited assaults and harassments were my fault. I believed that objecting to these assumptions about my character made me boring and unlikeable. The times I did speak up, I was silenced with five innocuous words. "Can't you take a joke?"

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.

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.

Speaking Out About Sexual Abuse: The Seed Of Change

Samantha Walsh | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Samantha Walsh

A child is like a tiny seed; a tree at the start of it's long life. The quality of the soil, the water, the climate - all determine the tree that seed will grow into. It's the duty of everyone who comes into contact with that little sapling to nurture it and protect it from the elements; to help it grow.

Men Like Us?

Andy Connolly | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Andy Connolly

Despite progress in social attitudes, men are still taught they should be masculine, strong, able to protect themselves, and to do so without crying or showing 'weak' emotions. This can mean that when a man is the victim of sexual abuse, assault or rape, he is often blamed, shamed or disbelieved.

Football Child Abuse Sees Three Times The Referrals Of Jimmy Savile Case, NSPCC Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK

The NSPCC made three times the referrals to police from calls to its dedicated football abuse hotline than it did in the first three days of the Jimmy...

Piers Morgan Loses Complete Control During Tense Eric Bristow Interview

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK

Piers Morgan struggled to control an interview with Eric Bristow over his controversial comments on the football abuse scandal on Wednesday, and blast...

Girls Are Regularly Sexually Harassed In School But The Government Is 'Doing Nothing'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK

The Government is under fire from MPs and charities after rejecting calls for statutory action to tackle sexual violence and harassment in schools. A ...

FA Launches Independent Inquiry After Child Abuse Allegations

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK

The Football Association (FA) has launched an independent inquiry after more than 20 football players have come forward to seek help over allegations ...

The Links Between Abuse And Women's Mental Health Can't Be Ignored

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. A sad reminder of how common violence against women still is around the world and here in the UK.