Sexual Assault

Policing Prostitution - The Merseyside Hate Crime Model That Prioritises Protection of Sex Workers

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade don't have the protection of the police. Often when reporting crimes against them they fear being charged with something related to prostitution, not being believed, being blamed, losing their standing in the community, losing custody of their children.

Risking Rape to Reach a Toilet in India's Slums

Louisa Gosling | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Louisa Gosling

A spate of brutal attacks on young women in India's urban centres, most recently a young woman in Calcutta who died after being gang-raped and set on fire, have drawn world attention. But thousands of other women are preyed upon at vulnerable moments, whether it's riding a bus, walking alone or, in the case of girls like Bhawna, looking for a place to relieve themselves.

Boy, 11, Sexually Assaulted On Country Lane

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK

An 11-year-old boy was sexually assaulted as he walked along a country lane in the afternoon, according to police. Thames Valley Police said the at...

11-Year-Old Boy Sexually Assaulted

PA | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK

An 11-year-old boy was sexually assaulted as he walked along a country lane on Friday afternoon, police have said. Thames Valley Police said the at...

I Don't Believe in God... but I Do Believe in Good

Shy Keenan | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Shy Keenan

The fact is that certain faiths are unwittingly helping the paedophiles to destroy their good work, good name and good future by letting these vile toxic beings dry hump their fear and good ethics this way. Time to be brave, stop keeping their secrets, cleanse them from your system and start again, you are completely worth it.

Let's Hear It for the Boys

Emily Hoyle | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Hoyle

The constant bombardment of messages that disapprove female sexuality and jubilate male sexuality creates confusion about what sex and sexuality really mean. As author of 'The Lolita Effect' M G Durham, wrote "I despise the social double standards that celebrate boys' 'studliness' and condemn girls' desires."

Rape Chants and 'Free Pussy' Events Are No Laughing Matter

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

It seems that many UK students are suffering a sense of humour failure. Perhaps its been struck off our list of essentials and become an unjustifiable luxury since course prices have tripled. We need bread and milk; irony can wait. Apparently even cheap gags are a stretch these days, as it seems recently we have needed a lot of explanation over what counts as 'a joke'...

Syria's Women, Raped And Abused In Refugee Centres, Long To Return Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK

Many Syrian women would rather return to their war-torn homeland than endure the violence, rape and other sexual assaults they are experiencing as ref...

Teenager Charged For Spate Of Sex Attacks

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

A teenage boy has been charged in connection to a spate of sexual assaults allegedly carried out near the University of Manchester. The 14-year-old...

Blinded by Ideology

Alex Feis-Bryce | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alex Feis-Bryce

I attended the launch of Gabriella's film 'Honest Lies' at Amnesty International Headquarters in London earlier this week and was concerned at the dehumanising attitudes towards sex workers being expressed by some of the panellists...

Porn On the Brain... Whether You Like It or Not

Onjali Rauf | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Onjali Rauf

A few weeks ago, I joined the London Feminist Network in the leafy haven of Bloomsbury for one single purpose: to form a line of women, clad in white ...

Barrister Quits Over 'Predatory' Remarks

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK

A barrister who sparked fury when he branded a 13-year-old sex attack victim "predatory" in court has resigned from handling sexual offences. The C...

Over 110 States Agree to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict - Perhaps International Solidarity Isn't Dead After All?

Howard Mollett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Howard Mollett

It goes without saying that preventing sexual violence in conflict is not an easy task. The declaration adopted yesterday represents an important step at the political level, which should not be sniffed at. Yet how it translates into action in the DRC peace process, and in funding for those working to prevent and respond to this violence on the ground, will be the test of its rhetoric.

Children Can Never Be Responsible for Being Abused

Peter Wanless | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK
Peter Wanless

Suggesting that a girl of 13 could be a 'sexual predator' when the real predator is standing in the dock makes my blood boil. This outdated view that children are complicit in their abuse must be stamped out.

Nefertiti in a Gas Mask

Charlotte Allan | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Allan

Walking round Cairo just before the current unrest began, I was shown some stylish graffiti. Staring down at me regally from a wall, was Nefertiti. She didn't look terribly impressed. The Pharonic Queen was wearing a gas mask over her mouth and nose, seemingly preparing for combat, while her eyes seemed to say "Over three thousand years since my reign and I have to put up with this nonsense".

UAE Must Reform Rape Laws to Stop Victims Being Prosecuted

Rori Donaghy | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Politics
Rori Donaghy

The pardoning of Marte Delelv validates a system that does not protect women and spreads stigmatisation of women who report rape. Authorities should have quashed the conviction, provided reparations for any suffering caused and publicly committed to ensuring protection for victims of sexual violence. By failing to do so the fear must be that there will be many more cases such as this one.

Girls Sexually Assaulted In 'Frightening' Beach Attack

PA | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK

Two girls have been sexually assaulted while playing in the sea at a popular beach, say police. Detectives are linking the attacks on an 11-year-ol...

Rapists Are People Too

Ben Acheson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Acheson

Victims, and society as a whole, must recognise that rape is a crime just like any other and rapists must be punished appropriately for breaking their contract with society. 'Appropriately' is the keyword. No matter how much we want to string them up, our laws should be above human emotion.

Young Women Are Not Failing Feminism, We Are Its Lifeblood

Chloe Emmott | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Emmott

To suggest younger women are not interested or ignorant of the women who went before us is insulting, in my activist work I work along women of all ages, I have sat and listened intently to women speak of their experiences at Greenham common, of living in Palestine, of fighting for the rights of migrant and refugee women,

Tory MP And Wife Accused Of Asking Housekeeper For Threesome

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics

An unnamed Conservative MP and his wife have been accused of groping their housekeeper and proposing a threesome. According to The Sun, an employme...

MP Quits Lib Dems To Fight Sex Assault Allegations

PA | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics

Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock has quit the party whip while he faces allegations of sexual assault. The Portsmouth South MP said he was stepping...

Dirty Little Secrets? Children Conceived in Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

When a 14 year old Irish girl was raped and became pregnant in 1992, nobody knew that the shockwaves would still be rippling 20 years later. This week, the 'Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill' is navigating the Irish Parliament. If successful, abortion, where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, may soon be legalised in Ireland.

12 Years For GP Who Filmed Female Patients With Wristwatch Camera

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK

A family doctor who used a secret camera inside his James Bond-style wristwatch to record himself abusing female patients has been jailed for 12 years...

Deputy Speaker Faces Thirds Allegation Of Sexual Assault

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK

A third young man has come forward alleging that he was sexually assaulted by Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans, after two previous claims against the Tory M...

We Need to Talk About Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

For many of us, rape often remains invisible. It is not acknowledged, discussed or even prosecuted. Yet for survivors, it is a traumatic, life-changing event. Whether the assailant is unknown or even if he is a partner, survivors need support. Being in a relationship does not mean that sexual rights are void.