Sexual Abuse

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.

Lady Gaga Speaks Out About Rape Ordeal

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 12.12.2015 | UK Entertainment

Lady Gaga has spoken out about being raped at the age of 19, saying she hopes to inspire other victims of sexual abuse by sharing her story. READ M...

Only One in Eight Children Who Are Sexually Abused Are Identified By Professionals

Anne Longfield | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Anne Longfield

Many don't even realise they have been sexually abused until they become adults and reflect on what has happened to them. In fact, our report shows that historically, the overwhelming number of sex abuse survivors only realise they have suffered abuse after they turn 18.

Preventable or Inevitable? Stopping Child Sexual Abuse Before It Starts

Donald Findlater | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Donald Findlater

If we care about children's safety, it is time we focused scarce resources on preventing abuse - by better protecting children and by helping those with the potential to offend to lead good lives. Such an approach is better for children, better for families and better for those with the potential to do children harm. It is also better for the public purse. Child sexual abuse is preventable. It is not inevitable.

Why Do the Media Ignore Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse?

Tom Leavesley | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Tom Leavesley

We need more male survivors of childhood sexual abuse to come forward and we need the media to report their stories. Boys and young men need role models too, so it is time to ask the question, why do the media ignore male survivors?

Some 'Tampon Tax' Funding Must Help the Most Excluded Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.

When Do Men Get Mentioned?

Nicky Mahoney | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Mahoney

If a man has experienced abuse from another male he may fear people will consider him homosexual, and that he will experience discrimination attached to this assumption. If a male is abused by a female, people often don't recognise this as a traumatic event, and even suggest that the boy or man is 'lucky' for his experience.

Male Sexual Abuse: If It's Still a Taboo Let's Do Something About It

Duncan Craig | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Craig

Talking about the sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation of boys and men is an everyday occurrence for me (including my own survivorship), but standing in front of these audiences reminded me how difficult this subject is for much of society to hear and still very much a taboo to talk about.

Why Sexual Assault No Longer Surprises Me

Tasha Okeke | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

Recently an article was published detailing how nearly half of females in my university's city has been sexually assaulted. Scarily, this didn't even surprise me.

Watch What You Say

Duncan Craig | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Duncan Craig

The headline in Wednesday's Manchester Evening News read "Glamorous teaching assistant escapes jail despite admitting having sex with teenage pupil" ...

How We Are Failing to Stop Sex Offenders From Harming Our Children

Adam Simmonds | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Adam Simmonds

There is a paradox in the way that we currently deal with sex offenders; a contradiction that is putting innocent people in harm's way, and stopping us from preventing these horrible crimes from happening.

Chrissie Hynde Comes Under Fire Over 'Rape' Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

Chrissie Hynde has come under fire for suggesting that it can be a woman's fault if she becomes the victim of a sexual assault. The Pretenders sing...

Camila Batmanghelidjh May Have Been Incompetent - But She Wasn't Wrong

Gus Cairns | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Gus Cairns

Kids Company may well have been a chaotic mess organisationally; Batmanghelidjh's charisma may well have blinded important funders to that, and her ambition may have blinded her to it. But attempts to destroy the therapeutic understanding on which the charity was based smell to me of character assassination and will do nothing but set back therapeutic work with deprived kids (and adults) for years.

Why I Co-Founded a Festival Dedicated to Discussing Sexual Assault

Winnie M Li | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Winnie M Li

Are you one of us? There's millions of us out there. That's a question (and an answer) posed by a group of rape survivors in our recent video for the Clear Lines Festival, the UK's first-ever festival dedicated to talking about sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion.

Six Members Of Child Sex Ring Found Guilty Of Horrifying Abuse

PA | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

Six members of a child sex ring in Aylesbury have been found guilty of their part in the horrifying abuse of two schoolgirls which went on for years o...

South Yorkshire Police Still Failing To Protect Children From Sex Abuse

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

South Yorkshire Police force is still failing to protect children from sexual abuse, despite two major reviews, a watchdog has found. A report publ...

EDL Protest In Sheffield Against City Becoming A 'Paedophile's Paradise'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.07.2015 | UK

English Defence League protesters reportedly brought part of central Sheffield to a standstill on Saturday during a rally they said was against the ci...

Words Speak Us - The Power of Saying It Out Loud

Esther Harris | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Esther Harris

I was thrilled for Esther Baker who found her voice. I am now scared for all those other Esther Bakers out there, unhappy, burying a truth. Our issues can beat us if we don't try and process them. We all owe ourselves the opportunity to say it out loud.

'Visionary' Head Jailed After Sordid Sex With Schoolboys Past Is Uncovered

PA | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

A head teacher jailed for having sex with underage boys may have abused more children in the 1980s, police said. Anne Lakey, from Stanley, County D...