Sexual Abuse

Invisible Scars - A Conversation With a Victim of Domestic Abuse

Hannah Gal | Posted 17.03.2014 | 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 13.03.2014 | 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 27.02.2014 | 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?

Government's Relentless Cuts Have Contributed to the Problem of Sexual Violence in Gangs

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Girls are being sexually exploited on a massive scale, according to a report released this week entitled It's Wrong But You Get Used To It, the result of a two-year investigation into girls and gangs.

Why We Must Intervene Early With Children and Young People With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Jon Brown | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

This week I read that a ten-year-old boy had been found guilty of raping an eight-year-old girl on more than one occasion over a period of two years. During the trial it was revealed that the boy, now 13, had spent hours watching online porn from the age of nine...

Bullet Point

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ezra Tafari Rose

I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started to disappear. That's when the fear begun to be there for me. That's when the bullying begun. That's when he first pointed the gun.

Petition For Gang-Raped Kenyan Girl Reaches Nearly 1.3 Million Signatures

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

A petition to demand justice for those responsible for the gang rape of 16-year-old Kenyan girl whose back was broken in the attack has been signed by...

'I Brush Women Away Like Midges'

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

The perverted DJ Jimmy Savile boasted to police about “brushing off girls like midges”, sickening transcriptions of his last police interview reve...

Why the Past Sometimes Exists in the Present

Jon Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

Those who had been silenced by their experiences and by their abusers for so long because they felt they were in some way to blame, and that they were the only ones, began to realise that there were many others with a story to tell. So why hasn't there been an increase in arrests and charges for cases of child sexual abuse that may have been committed years ago?

Child Sexual Abuse - The Taboo of Paedophilia

Dragana Brown | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Dragana Brown

There was an article on an Australian website recently on "mild paedophilia" mainly about Richard Dawkins' justification for a bit of sexual groping not having a lasting impact on someone. Most comments under the article disagree with such an irresponsible statement, yet there are those who feel he "has a point".

A Year Since Saville Was Exposed, Rape Calls Up 40%

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK

The scandalous ITV documentary, which revealed how Jimmy Saville preyed on children, teens and even patients in the hospitals he patronised, could be ...

EDL Grooming Myth 'Demolished'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

The targeting of white girls by Asian paedophiles - which has fuelled the campaigns of the British National Party and English Defence League - has bee...

Is 'We Didn't Know' Enough?

Christian Berg | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Tech
Christian Berg

Child sexual abuse images and videos are nearly always a symptom of abuse. In many instances they are instrumental in building to the physical abuse of a child. As horrifying as this may be, the digital trail of this kind of content presents an opportunity to find and prevent abuse. By tracking the symptom, we can tackle the problem.

Paedophile Faces Longer Sentence After Being Allowed To Walk Free

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

A paedophile who was allowed to walk free after his 13-year-old victim was branded ''predatory'' faces having his sentence increased. The Court of ...