Sexual Abuse

Forgiving a Paedophile

Geoff Thompson | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Geoff Thompson

The 2014 Edinburgh Festival is imminent. I am excited. My latest play, Fragile is being staged on the fringe. It is an autobiographical narrative about how I was sexually abused when I was eleven years old. It is not a comedy.

We Need to Talk About Rape More Calmly

Katie Beswick | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Nothing will get better, for men or for women, unless we can talk about rape more calmly; unless we can accept and marry into our language the fact that rape is both grotesque and horrific, banal and workaday; unless we can understand that rape isn't always the worst thing you can do, isn't always the worst thing that can happen to you - but that sometimes, it is. Rape, like life, is complicated, and we need ways to talk about that.

Breaking the Silence Surrounding Male Rape

Charly Lester | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charly Lester

In October of last year, when Hollyoaks announced the introduction of a male rape storyline, many commentators queried the decision. A number suggested the issue had been "done already", citing the gang rape of Gary Lucy's character on the same soap back in 2000.

Sex, Lies and Scandal as Fiction and Fact Collide

Endeavour Press | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

Blind eyes were turned when paedophile politicians, churchmen and lawyers were allegedly violating children... 'Inquiries were stopped because of potential political embarrassment. Major people with connections (in politics) were dropped out and people lower down carried the can.'

Magaluf Girl: Consent and Sexuality

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ending Victimisation and Blame

Here is a young woman in a popular holiday destination for those with a limited budget - I'm not going to assume that she's working class, but I'm certain the journalists will have done. She having fun, she's drinking, she's apparently being sexual on her own terms. Someone filmed it and the whole thing went viral - oops. Enter the tabloids with their guidebook to acceptable women's behaviour and pronounce her unclean, apparently we've found a "new low" ... It's not long before social media is calling her "actual vermin" and a "repulsive slag". I failed to find anyone (other than feminists) criticising the men in any way, the woman in question has had her name and photo all over the internet today; where are the men?

Did Jimmy Savile Kill A Child? Police Launch Fresh Probe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Jimmy Savile may have been involved in the death of a child during his horrifying 50 year campaign of abuse, a shocking new report has said. The al...

This Jimmy Savile Interview From 1990 Is Now Even More Horrifying

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Claims that Jimmy Savile may have sexually interfered with dead bodies are some of the most horrifying revelations yet about the disgraced broadcaster...

Jimmy Savile Performed Sex Acts On Dead Bodies At Leeds General Infirmary

PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Claims that Jimmy Savile may have sexually interfered with dead bodies are some of the most shocking revelations yet about the disgraced broadcaster. ...

Blame the Victim, You'll Feel Better

Charlie Webster | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Charlie Webster

One of the reasons why there is difficulty in a public discussion and not an open forum about sexual assault is that those who have experienced it and are therefore credible to talk about don't because of the attitudes shown towards the victims. In fact only a small percentage actually report the crime for fear of not being believed. Why are there still these warped and very sad misconceptions of a crime so devastating? This societal view of victim blaming leads to further victim suffering, miscarriages of justice and a continuing risk to our loved ones. Why do we victim blame? Is it to protect our own vulnerability?

'I Wanted to Show Others That There Is Life After Sexual Abuse' - Meeting Author Valerie Smith

Claire Meadows | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Meadows

Valerie Smith's 'On the Edge of Insanity' is a harrowing new memoir, which charts one woman's journey from abuse victim to abuse survivor. The book brings to light an unbelievable but all too common statistic - that 70% of parents who were sexually abused as children go on to abuse their own child.

How Max Clifford Changed the Law

Felicity Gerry | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

The sentence for Max Clifford was achieved by adding up penalties in a US style manner following new sentencing guidelines issued this month. These guidelines suggest that old cases can be sentenced according to the modern approach.

Invisible Scars - A Conversation With a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Hannah Gal | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Milly still catches herself doing things the way her former husband liked them done. "I can now see the extent to which I adjusted myself over the years to accommodate him, I even had to watch myself during the school run and not chat to other mums because I knew he would quiz me about it..

Would Celebrating Female Sexuality Help to Reduce Levels of Sexual Violence and Rape?

Heather McIntosh | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heather McIntosh

Of course, women can technically have casual sex whenever they want. There's no law against it. But there is a deep-seated societal disapproval, which arguably, is just as powerful a deterrent.

Abortion and Women's Other Secrets: What Do We Do With Our Shame?

Paula Coston | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

There are statistics, news stories and articles everywhere about women made ashamed and guilty by secrets: singledom, childlessness, genital mutilation, forced marriage, physical or sexual or emotional abuse, menstrual conditions, the size and shape of their labia...The list goes on.

Stitched Up?

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

Fashion may seem fickle to some, but it's beauty can be awfully deceptive. The female form so often picked, prodded or bleached might just be getting used to it. Abuse is rife in the work place and statistics don't shy away from presenting that.

The DLT Result Was Inevitable

Felicity Gerry | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

Dave Lee Travis was acquitted yesterday of allegations of historic indecent assault. The result was inevitable, in my view, as soon as the prosecution opened evidence that one of the Chuckle Brothers had witnesses an event.

The Silence of Pope Francis

Aaron Vallely | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Pope Francis appears accessible, tender, and compassionate. Always willing to help the poor and the marginalised. Worldwide attention he has garnered. When it comes to victims of sexual abuse and torture by members of the church, however, he is suspiciously and oddly silent.

Bill Roache Tells Court He Had 'Plenty' Of Women

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Coronation Street star William Roache told police he loved sex and had "plenty" of women - but was never attracted to youngsters and it was "against m...

The Jimmy Savile Case Keeps Getting Worse

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A root-and-branch examination into the conduct of shamed BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile is expected to uncover hundreds of victims and reveal a culture ...

Five Found Guilty Of Raping Teenage Girls

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

A man and two teenage boys have been found guilty of a series of rapes against girls in Peterborough. Zdeno Mirga, 18, was convicted of eight count...

We Need Robust Legislation to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Sarah Champion | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

It would be naïve to suggest that we can completely eradicate child sexual exploitation. Like any other crime it will continue to be committed while there remain individuals intent on committing it. However what we can do is ensure that we put in place a legal framework that has the welfare of young victims at its heart. It is my hope that this inquiry will help to achieve this.

FGM: A Muslim Issue?

Leyla Hussein | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The making of The Cruel Cut documentary was one of the most challenging tasks I've ever undertaken in my anti-FGM campaigning. My aim has always been to teach the British public the effects of FGM, and how we should all make sure we protect our girls from this vile practice. I feel we achieved that and much more. But the response from the less well-intentioned viewers was to say, 'this is a Muslim issue.' It made me think. Had my message implied that FGM was purely an Islamic affair?

Remembering Nirbhaya: Rape Is Every Country's Shame

Meera Syal | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Meera Syal

Rape is every country's shame. Violence against women and girls is a truly international disease. Around the world, one woman in three will experience rape or some form of violence in her lifetime. This keeps hundreds of millions of women and girls trapped in poverty, which is why I'm speaking out alongside ActionAid and other organisations who are working tirelessly to provide long-term support programmes for survivors and campaigns to put a stop to violence for good. The fact that women globally came together to mourn Nirbhaya tells us it is all our shame, and all our anger shouts the same message, enough is enough.

New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders - Another Victory in the Long Battle to Stop Child Abuse

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

Today's overhaul of the guidelines for sexual offences, which the NSPCC has been calling for, is an important step forward in both recognising the harm done to victims and in justice being done.

Child Abuse Will Continue Until We Rethink Children's Rights

Jennifer Izaakson | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jennifer Izaakson

We live in a society where children are constantly told to "do as their told" without explanation. The mantra "always do as adults say" passed down for generations. So when that means being told to put up with forced sexual activity by an adult and staying quiet about it, guess what sometimes happens?