Sexual Abuse

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.

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.

Decriminalisation Will Make Sex Workers Safer - Not Increased Morality

Alexander Morgan | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK
Alexander Morgan

As an ex-sex worker I can say from first hand experience that it's extremely risky and unsafe in this country to operate in the industry. It's one o...

The Central African Republic And Its Legacies Of Abuse

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The French mission in the Central African Republic is over. The official ceremony marking its end took place earlier this week. I have been investigat...

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.

Withdrawn Consent: The Line Between Sex and Sexual Assault

Kate Wyver | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Wyver

You've always believed that words have superpowers. They can bring out the strongest emotions and form the most elaborate stories. They can create new worlds, make people laugh, help you fall in love and spread empathy and understanding. But what if your words aren't listened to?

NSPCC Releases Dinosaur Cartoon To Help Parents Talk To Kids About Sexual Abuse

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Parents

The NSPCC has launched a dinosaur cartoon to help parents talk to children about sexual abuse. The Pantosaurus animation, created by Bristol-based com...

Prostitution: Changing the Law Is Vital But Not Enough

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

Women involved in prostitution cannot wait for support until after a final report is published. The Government must take urgent action now to ensure women involved in prostitution have the support they need. Otherwise, more women will lose their lives or experience even more awful and unnecessary suffering.

Alleged Paedophile Sir Clement Freud Befriended Madeleine McCann's Parents

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK

Kate and Gerry McCann said they are “horrified” to learn that Sir Clement Freud, who befriended the pair following Madeleine's disappearance in 20...

In Defence of the F-Word

Emily Robb | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Robb

One morning last year, my year 13 form tutor told us she wasn't a feminist. Silence descended. Noticing the distinct lack of approving nods and the much more emphatic shiftiness and thumb-twiddling before her, our teacher hastily added "but obviously I believe in gender equality." She couldn't have paid us to keep quiet.