Sexual Violence

Watching My Friend Endure A Rape Trial Confirmed Everything I Knew About Rape Culture

Caitlin Roper | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Caitlin Roper

In the week leading up to Christmas, I had a lot of festive-type things on my to-do list. Purchasing gifts, finally putting up the tree, and preparing to go away to visit family. But that's not what I did.

To Platform Or Not To Platform?: How Rapists Can/Can't Be Involved In Public Conversations On Rape

Amira Elwakil | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Amira Elwakil

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence Earlier this month I set up a petition in an effort to get London's Southbank Centre to reconside...

Should Porn Be On The School Curriculum?

Clare McGlynn | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Clare McGlynn

This is the question now being asked following the Government's announcement that it is to make relationships and sex education compulsory in all English schools. And the answer should be an unequivocal yes.

Fifty Shades Darker Isn't Empowering, It's Abuse

Caitlin Roper | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caitlin Roper

So what happens when a film series of this magnitude frames domestic abuse and male violence against women as sexy and desirable? What message does it send to women and girls, and also to men and boys? Who benefits from widespread acceptance of the belief women and girls secretly want and enjoy sexual violence?

It's Sexual Abuse And Sexual Violence Awareness Week: Why It Matters

Emily Jacob | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Emily Jacob

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness week matters because it shines a light on a subject usually seen as taboo and it brings it kicking and screaming out into the open. Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness week matters and I'm grateful that it exists.

Women Of The World Unite! (And Men Too)

Jemma Wayne | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

But we have come too far to go backwards. We have woken to the notion that consent and respect must be entrenched in the way we treat both girls and boys from the very beginnings. And whether it is in media, in schools, in our homes, or on the streets, we must all speak out loudly against the small, 'harmless' transgressions that ultimately put women at risk. We must not return to slumber.

Men Like Us?

Andy Connolly | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Andy Connolly

Despite progress in social attitudes, men are still taught they should be masculine, strong, able to protect themselves, and to do so without crying or showing 'weak' emotions. This can mean that when a man is the victim of sexual abuse, assault or rape, he is often blamed, shamed or disbelieved.

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.

Tackling The Stigma Of Sexual Violence

Baroness Anelay | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Anelay

Tackling survivor stigma is a huge challenge, but if we face it together I believe it is a challenge we can overcome. In doing so, we would be transforming the lives of survivors and future generations afflicted by the scourge of sexual violence. That is too great a prize for us to ignore. I hope you will join me in working to end stigma for good.

Why Good Reporting On Violence Against Women And Girls Matters

Molly Ackhurst | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Molly Ackhurst

Good reporting on VAWG is that which really strives to push and challenge, to understand and get to the root of the issue whilst also respecting the voices of both survivors and experts.

In The Spotlight: Sudeshna Chowdhury, Brave Work Against Honour Related Violence, Sexual Violence And Gender Equality

Ulrika Lorenz | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ulrika Lorenz

Meet Sudeshna Chowdhury, An extraordinary young brave woman from Sweden with Indian heritage that is devoting her life to advocate issues concerning sexual violence and gender inequality in Sweden and India.

London Women Will Reclaim The Night And March For Justice For Rape Survivors

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK

Women will take back London in a march protesting rape and male violence on Saturday. Reclaim the Night encourages women everywhere to show support fo...

To Prevent Rape We Need To Rethink How We Do Sex

Alice Irving | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Irving

During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.

Why Sex Ed Really Is Power

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

FCome has hit the nail on the head with their hashtag: sex education really is power. Meaningful, comprehensive SRE represents the power to reduce gender-based violence, discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender, and unhealthy sexual relationships. If only the Department of Education could be convinced that these are causes worth fighting for.

London Bands Are Changing Lives, One Phone Call At A Time

Judy Kawaguchi | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Judy Kawaguchi

Tickets are on sale now, or click here to make a donation to Solace Women's Aid. Telephones can save lives, but only if there is someone on the other...

Sexual Violence In Conflict Is More Than 'Rape As A Weapon Of War'

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 30.10.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

We do not accept that violence against women and girls occurring in conflict is fundamentally separate from more everyday 'normal' forms of VAWG (like domestic violence). It all comes back to the way women are treated in society, with a premium placed on women's sexual purity as part of wider controls and discrimination on women's bodies, behaviour and appearance.

Laura Bates Praised For Eloquently Dismantling 'Banter' Claims About Trump

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK

Does us talking about the #Trumptapes make things better or worse? Laura from @EverydaySexism takes us to task. #r4today pic.twitter.com/6QBrgrmYJS—...

How Do We Tackle Sexual Violence In Schools?

Angela Crawley | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Angela Crawley

The Women and Equalities Committee has this week published its third report since its establishment, on the issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. According to the research statistics, this is our widest-reaching report yet: a 2015 Girlguiding UK study found that 75% of girls and young women said anxiety about potentially experiencing sexual harassment affects their lives in some way.

XXX School Girls Wanted

Rachel Bell | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Rachel Bell

'I've answered phones in enough brothels to know the most common question is always, 'What age is the youngest girl you have?' writes Rachel Moran, a ...

Someone Needs To Tell The Media That Brock Turner Isn't The Victim

Emma Critchley | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Emma Critchley

The media needs to stop normalising rape and pushing blame onto the victim. Secret survivors of rape are everywhere. This burden will always be with them. We need to make it easier for survivors of rape to talk about what has happened; we need to make it easier for survivors to come forward. The media needs to stop with its crude reporting of rape.

More Than a Roof: Women's Shelters Changing Lives

Lee Webster | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Lee Webster

The UK government has in recent years done much good work on violence against women and girls in their development programmes and funding and this has frankly saved women's lives. But now more than ever, we must keep up the momentum and commit to more core, flexible and long-term funding for women's rights organisations.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

33 Men Hunted After Horrific Gang Rape Posted To Social Media

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK

Videos and pictures of the gang rape of a teenager, published to Twitter, have led to a police hunt for more than 30 men suspected of participating in...

#WhenIWas Hashtag Gives Women Who Suffered Sexual Harassment A Voice

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

"In middle school, this random guy pushed me against a wall and tried to make out with me. I didn't know who he was." This is one of many disturbing a...

One Minister Cannot End Sexual Violence in Conflict Alone

Sonya Sceats | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK Politics
Sonya Sceats

While the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and his team rush to corporate lunches, leaving morals at the door, there is still one minister bravely championing human rights in British foreign policy.