Sexual Assault

Nearly A Third Of Cambridge Students Have Been Sexually Assaulted, Finds Report

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly a third of Cambridge University students have been sexually assaulted, while more than a fifth feel unsafe during the evening, a shocking new r...

The Blurry Line Between Flirting and Harassment

Liam Deacon | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Rightly of wrongly, in the endless dance we call flirting, the man is often the proactive agent. So, he is far more likely to act in an unwanted manner if he miss-reads or miss-interprets the body language / situation. If every time a mislead sexual advance is rebuffed, we call it harassment, then men start to feel victimised.

Are We 'Asking for It'?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

We live in a society whereby sexual assault is belittled, rationalised and even condoned. The manner in which women dress is constantly quoted as a stimulus to rape. Nevertheless, victims are judged on the basis of illustration; as if a finer shade of eye-liner, lipstick or foundation could have possibly made a greater disparity...

Former Deputy Speaker Tells Jury Of 'Hell' Over Sex Assault Accusations

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Former deputy speaker Nigel Evans told a jury on Monday of his "absolute hell" after being accused of a string of sex assaults. The MP's voice tremble...

Man Charged With Rape Uses 'Good Looks' As Defence

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

A man charged with raping a woman in Atlanta has said that his good looks partly explain why it was a consensual act. Last September, Darrious Mat...

Would Celebrating Female Sexuality Help to Reduce Levels of Sexual Violence and Rape?

Heather McIntosh | Posted 13.05.2014 | 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.

When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Rugby Club and Feminism Society Host Debate: 'Is There a Relationship Between Lad Culture and Sexual Violence?'

Flo Perry | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Flo Perry

Last week in Durham University over 200 people came together to discuss the relationship between Lad Culture and sexual violence.

Should Celebrities Facing Sex Offence Trials Be Granted Anonymity Until They Have Been Tried?

Phil Hall | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Hall

There is in my view an increasing argument to allow the accused to remain anonymous just like their accusers, at least until after they have been found guilty or cleared of wrongdoing. There is also an increasing case that says the internet must be policed and offenders who are deliberate spreading lies brought to book.

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.