Sexual Assault

Rape Is Always an Act of Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

The obsession with the theory that rape itself doesn't cause bodily harm is so very dangerous... It causes physical, psychological and emotional trauma. The emotional and psychological trauma can have physical effects like depression, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

Does This Iconic Statue Show Love Or Sexual Assault?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

'Unconditional Surrender', a statue of a sailor kissing a nurse, has long been a controversial piece of artwork, and now French feminist group Osez Le...

Women-Only Carriages Won't Stop Perverts With Wandering Hands

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

As women-only carriages spread through public transport systems in Brazil, Thailand, India and Japan... it looks like the preventative, victim-blaming measure may be heading to the UK. According to transport minister Claire Perry MP, focusing energies on removing the victim from the situation rather than addressing the offender is the way to go when tackling sexual assault.

Erection Neglect: Too Hard To Say No?

A.M.F. Winn | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
A.M.F. Winn

Many women I've spoken to say they've given hand jobs or blow jobs "to be polite". They did not feel that a man owed them the favour back if he had inadvertently made them wet. All of the men I questioned thought the idea of it being rude for a woman to neglect an erection was ridiculous..

Groping Is a Posh Word for Assault

Mark Dolan | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Dolan

One of the few positive things to come out of the DLT case is that it should now be widely understood that to grab or seize someone in any physical way under the guise of humour or playfulness is completely unacceptable. And it should be understood that this behaviour is the first rung on the ladder of sexual assault.

Panto Assault? 'You Would Have To Be A Complete Moron'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis flatly denied claims he would sexually attack anyone at a pantomine because he is not a "moron". Speaking for the first ...

The Paradox of Men in Power Shaping Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls

Natalie Gyte | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Gyte

In a practical sense, no single remedy can address this endemic issue. Instead a range of solutions, constituting a holistic approach, are required. Firstly, a truly independent inquiry should be commissioned - one which is not led by any of the institutions implicated in the case, and further not implemented by a high profile man or men.

DLT Squeezed My Breasts, Alleges Female TV Personality

PA | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

A female television personality has told a court how she "froze" when veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis "squeezed" her breasts while she worked on the Mrs Me...

Women, Nice Guys, and Other Human Beings

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Mallison

Sex is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but the very reason sex is sought after and enjoyed by so many is because of the exhilaration of self validation that goes along with the knowledge that someone is attracted to you in the same way you are to them... consent is hot. To coerce, force yourself on someone, or drug them just so you can have your way with them is an awful thing for anybody to do.

Why We Should Remove 'Victim' From Our Vocabulary

Sophie Pope | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Do we really want to go through life being labelled a victim? The word 'victim' connotes frailty. It says 'handle with care', 'don't push it', 'poor thing'. Do we want to be looked at that way just because of an isolated incident that happened through no fault of our own?

No, Freshers' Week Isn't Just About Having Sex

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Sexual assault, peer pressure and female objectification are far from humorous. Satire isn't satire when it's kicking down another group. It only creates a bad perspective for incoming students of student life and a bad image of current students, implying this is what everyone's freshers was like and therefore yours should be too.

Rape Is Not Just About Sex

Joana Gomes | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joana Gomes

As she said no over and over again, he just laughed and forced himself into her. She cried, but tears made no difference to him. She lost. After she was raped, she didn't tell anyone because she wasn't completely sure it was rape... Only years later did she realise that even girlfriends and wives can be raped, because if it takes force, it's not consensual.

Rape Is Not as Simple as X Versus Y

Pavan Amara | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pavan Amara

This week, the evolutionary scientist Richard Dawkins tweeted this to nearly one million followers: "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think." Before that, he had tweeted: "X is bad. Y is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of X, go away and don't come back until you've learned how to think logically."Interesting for me, because - there's no subtle way to say this - I know exactly what it's like to be raped with knives involved.

Sexual Assault: 'It's Not as Bad as It Sounds!'

A.M.F. Winn | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
A.M.F. Winn

"He treats me so well. Although he always wants to have butt sex... I say no he does it anyway, which is annoying... and he's just like 'Imogen; you have to'... One time he had so much sex with me that I passed out and then he fed me crackers! It's not as bad as it sounds."

Egypt Confronts Sexual Harassment

Melody Patry | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK
Melody Patry

Mayam Mahmoud is often found commanding the stage rapping her powerful lyrics promoting women's rights. The 19-year old Egyptian rose to prominence after appearing on popular TV show Arabs Got Talent, where her lyrics caught attention for denouncing sexual harassment.

Misogyny On The Web Hits New Low With Sports Website's 'Rape Gallery'

PA | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK

Users of a sports website were encouraged to post pictures of women they wished to sexually assault to a "rape gallery" and describe what they would d...

Our Youth Hate Themselves

Anna Moody | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Moody

I see trouble ahead...don't you? Our children are heading into the abyss of low self-esteem and self-loathing at a startling rate. Let's assess the recent incident in Magaluf. One young woman and 23 young men involved in a sexual act in public. I have read various viewpoints in the newspapers.

Magaluf Girl Giving 24 BJs Isn't The Problem, Our Unhealthy Drink Culture Is

Poorna Bell | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

The same people who are pointing the finger at Magaluf Girl most likely aren't any better in the drinking and doing stupid things department. We have a drink culture that wholeheartedly believes in peer pressure and excess, and for some reason, we don't think there is something wrong with that.

No, I Don't Want to Feel Your Flaccid Penis Against My Backside

Vicky Chan | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vicky Chan

A couple of months ago, I was sexually assaulted... I was so completely grossed out. I turned around and started shouting things at him. I didn't care if he would yell back or physically assault me further, I was so furious and disgusted that anyone would feel that they could do that to someone.

Rolf Harris Isn't an Exception - Let's Not Forget It

Clare Phipps | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Clare Phipps

After the jury returned their "guilty" verdict on all 12 counts of indecent assault, Rolf Harris was visibly dumbstruck. Making the baying press wait ...

Magaluf Girl: Consent and Sexuality

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 05.09.2014 | 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?

Rolf Harris 'Put Hand Up TV Presenter's Leg Live On Air'

PA | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: Vanessa Feltz Attacked By Trolls For Harris Assault Claims Paedophile Rolf Harris indecently touched Vanessa Feltz while she interviewed ...

Jimmy Savile - Do the Latest Revelations Change the Diagnosis?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

New disturbing allegations have surfaced following the latest investigation into Jimmy Savile's crimes; this time the NHS has come under particular scrutiny, and there are now allegations that the former celebrity DJ may have interfered with dead bodies.

A System Which Causes Undue Harm to Victims of Rape

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

If Blackstone's Formulation is based on the principle that the state should not cause undue or mistaken harm then we need to seriously consider the harm to victims of rape and sexual assault who are subjected to an horrendous ordeal and then tragically failed by a system which allows them to be discredited and humiliated in the name of justice and all too often their courage in coming forward turns out to be in vain.

Ending the Horror of Rape and Abuse Against Children in Conflict

Lord Ashdown | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.