Sexual Abuse

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 19.05.2016 | 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.

Record Numbers of Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery in New Report

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

As I head towards my fifth anniversary leading the IWF, there is one consistent factor - we're always changing and growing and 2015 was no exception. Today we'll be publishing our latest figures. What stands out, is the dramatic increase in the number of confirmed reports of illegal imagery since we started actively searching for child sexual abuse images and videos.

We Must Also Remember Male Victims of Sexual Abuse

Penny Parks | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Penny Parks

Attitudes to male abuse have progressed since I published my book in 1990, but there is still some way to go to encourage men to report abuse and/or seek support to recover from the effects of that abuse. Campaigns like this will undoubtedly help.

An Open Letter to Stephen Fry

Tom Leavesley | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Tom Leavesley

Just grow up, eh? The sad thing is Stephen, victims of child abuse 'grow up' the second the abuse starts and they never get their childhood back. I was abused at the age of 12, not by an uncle but a former employee at my father's business. I've experienced my fair share of self pity over the years, especially when thinking about my lost childhood. However ugly you think that is, I think I'm entitled to feel that way from time to time. And you know what, it's funny you said no one is going to like me for feeling sorry for myself. That's exactly what I thought when I planned taking my own life a few years ago.

We All Know an 'Angela' - Reflecting on Lessons From Angela Wrightson's Murder

Jacob Tas | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jacob Tas

How many of us know of 'Angela' or a woman like her? Is her story familiar to you? Have you come across her in your professional life? Does she live on a street you know? Have you seen her in the off-licence?

Piers Morgan Says He's 'Worried' About Stephen Fry As Charity Responds

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Fry faces growing criticism following his controversial comments about the survivors of sexual abuse. UPDATE: Stephen Fry apologises for sexu...

University Regrets Forcing 'Gag Order' On Sexual Assault Victims

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A university has said it was a "mistake" to force victims of sexual assault to sign a contract that prevented them from speaking out. The contract, la...

Making the Most Vulnerable Women Visible

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

It's encouraging that we're having more public conversations about gender inequality. But we're not yet talking enough about women who are at the sharpest end of this inequality, whose needs are the most complex: those who face the most disadvantage.

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

Child Abuse Won't Stop Until We Stop Ignoring Its Victims

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Our obsession with scandal and high profile abusers obscures just how much of an epidemic child abuse is. Instead of only focussing on the latest juicy story we must pay more attention to the signs that could help us interrupt and prevent child abuse. When children run away from home or care, they are often running from something. Theirs are childhoods blighted by abuse, violence, family instability, and parental drug or alcohol misuse. For girls particularly, running away can be an attempt to escape sexual violence and abuse.

How Breastfeeding Cleansed Me

Ella Davis | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Parents
Ella Davis

That might sound strange to you, but for many, many years I considered my breasts to be dirty. Not literally - I am quite a regular showerer thank you - but that's how they made me feel. If I was someone where I felt uncomfortable, walking through a quiet park alone at dusk, or down a quiet street after dark, it was my breasts I focused on.

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

Lady Gaga Makes An Important Stand With Stunning Oscars Performance

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Entertainment

She may not have won the Oscar in the end, but Lady Gaga still wound up being one of the ceremony’s biggest talking points thanks to her stunning pe...

Celebrity Predators at the BBC

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

If a celebrity I had found remotely attractive had made approaches to me when I was a child, I would have let him. I had no concept of being able to say "no." It was more important to be "good."

My Recovery From Being Sexually Abused By Six Men Can Be an Example to Others

Penny Parks | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Penny Parks

My adult clients usually made their first request for help to their GP. Often they would tell me how they received little empathy, with doctors casually dismissing the experience as a childhood event and something that shouldn't bother them anymore.

Queen's University Students Launch NI's First Non-Consensual Sexual Experiences Survey: Here's Why

Bradley Allsop | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Across the UK there has been a disturbing lack of research into sexual violence and consent at universities, a testament to how we are failing to ensure a safe and enjoyable time to students. What little evidence that has been collated is not reassuring.

Why I Love Glasgow: Anti-Rape Protest at George Square

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

I could probably list a hundred reasons why I love Glasgow, with everything from the culture, music, architecture, nightlife, and countless restaurants, to buskers and bagpipers on Buchanan Street, the Clyde, the Duke of Wellington with his ever-stylish traffic cone hat, and, of course, the people of Glasgow themselves.

How to Prosecute on the Ever-Changing Rulebook That Is Coercive Control

Kylie Barton | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK
Kylie Barton

It is just a shame that with this new law, the government did not provide new pots of funding to increase the knowledge base on the subject, and how to use the new powers.

Revenge Porn's New Low

Mia Doring | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Tech
Mia Doring

Revenge porn is so last year though. This year in new ways to demean and humiliate women and how to top the charts in low living creepdom, it's all about "C*m Tributes". And it is highly disturbing.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Presume That Your Teenager Would Report a Sexual Assault

Suzi Godson | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents
Suzi Godson

There are a multitude of reasons why older men and women who have been victims of sexual assault might be reluctant to talk about the experience, but surely progressive school Sex and Relationships Education is now helping to diminish the stigma attached to reporting these crimes?

Leaked Savile Report 'Slams BBC Over Sexual Abuse Incidents'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK

The report into the Jimmy Savile scandal is set to condemn the BBC's "deferential culture" for failing to prevent his sexual abuse, according to a lea...

Are Nudes the New Weapon of Sexual Exploitation?

Alexander Morgan | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Morgan

The message started off with a normal, mundane "Hi, how're you?" - I was out for drinks with friends , I replied sporadically. The messages then started to escalate the conversation to something more risqué; but as I was out with friends, I politely declined.

Older Teens Need More protection From Sexual Exploitation

Peter Grigg | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Peter Grigg

At The Children's Society we know from our frontline services that, too often, older teenagers are dismissed as 'old enough to know better' and, as a result often are not identified as victims of child sexual exploitation.