Sexual Violence

Consent Workshops Need to be Mandatory at Universities

Zahra Wynne | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

Here's the resounding message: 'Don't get raped!'. Why is there no talk telling people not to rape, and teaching them what constitutes rape? Considering that most victims of sexual assault are assaulted by somebody they know, the 'don't walk home alone' message is proving to be falling short in protecting students. We need something more.

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict by Empowering Women

Felicity Gerry | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Gerry

To end sexual violence in conflict, there needs to be more women in senior positions within the UN and other international organisations, more female ambassadors to the UN; and more women in the police and military.

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Emma Fulu

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele

Slow Progress on Rape Reform in India

Felicity Gerry | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Felicity Gerry

New laws followed the inquiry report on stalking, voyeurism, sexual harassment, sentencing and mandatory police reporting of complaints of sexual attacks but, laws are not enough and as time passes and another woman is raped, the question is whether all the efforts of the report writers to urge a change in mind-set have failed.

Why We Need International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Around three million women in the UK experience some sort of violence. If that sounds like a routine statistic, let's name it so that it really hi...

On Dapper Laughs: Toppled From Up High, But Why Was He Allowed to the Top at the First Place?

Alexandra Gerrity | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Gerrity

Dapper Laughs shoud have never been filmed, never made the funding table, never been seen by the commissioning editor and yet the incidious 'humour' was allowed to be broadcast buffeted by men and women in the industry.

This Isn't Just About Ched Evans: It's About a Culture of Misogyny in Football

Louise Pennington | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

This isn't just about asking Sheffield United to take a stand on violence against women and girls. This is about demanding that every single football club stand up for victims of sexual violence and refuse to work with players who commit rape and condemn those who harass, abuse and stalk a victim of sexual violence.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

Dad Invites Daughter's Alleged Rapist To Dinner And Tortures Him To Death

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

The father of a 14-year-old rape victim invited the alleged attacker to dinner before burning his genitals with tongs and then strangling him to death...

Football Culture Trivialises Sexual Violence

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

It is far too easy to become desensitised to the pain and suffering caused by men like Chedwyn Evans, as their victims are not the ones we see on the football pitch every week. If a positive attitude towards gender equality is ever to be achieved, it is imperative that bodies like the FA impose tougher penalties on those who commit such serious offences.

Sakharov Prize 2014: The Gynaecologist Standing Up for Women's Right

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

Rape is only too often used as a weapon during many armed conflicts around the world and Denis Mukwege has made it his life's mission to help the victims of sexual violence. Because of his sterling work, the European Parliament has decided to award him the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014...

For the World's Poorest Women Poverty Is Always a Sexual and Political Issue

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It was India's father, Gandhi who famously said that 'poverty is the worst form of violence'. What he didn't say, but what is worth pointing out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is that poverty is a form of violence dealt to some with more brutality than others.

No, a Convicted Rapist Should Not Be Allowed to Resume His Former Job

Rachel Thompson | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

If Evans were guilty of murder, I sincerely doubt that his fans would be welcoming him back with open arms. Rape is a serious crime and it ruins lives. The take-home message should Evans be reinstated is that rape is not taken seriously as a crime.

Rape Is Always an Act of Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 15.12.2014 | 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.

This Man Has Been Waiting For A Nobel Prize Since 2009. He Really Deserves One...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Dr Denis Mukwege has been tipped for the Nobel Prize five-times-running, but you have probably never heard of the Congolese gynecologist, who has trea...

My Experience of Stalking: Why Adam Levine Is Creepy Not Hot

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hekate Papadaki

A quick look at the comments under Adam Levine's 'Animals' video will leave you in no doubt about how 'sexy' the stalker look is perceived to be. In it, Levine is playing a butcher who doubles as a stalker, secretly following an unsuspecting customer's every move (Behati Prinsloo, played by his wife).

Watch: This Indian Woman Kung-Fu Kicks The Guy She Claims Sexually Harrassed Her

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Veena Ashiya Chindlur has just shown what happens when you mess with female joggers. While we don't usually condone violence, we can't help but be...

The Home Office Poster That Tells Us: 'Rape Happens When the Victim Has Been Drinking'

Pavan Amara | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Politics
Pavan Amara

Across all of these mediums, it was accused of "victim blaming", "betraying the trust of thousands affected every year" by sexual violence, and of "threatening" those who drink with "rape by implication."

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.

Brogan Driscoll

Why Sexual Violence Will Only End If We Get Boys On Board

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When photos of Jada, the 16-year-old American girl allegedly raped at a house party, went viral and sparked the hashtag #JadaPose, thousands of online...

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...

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?

Breaking the Silence in Somalia

Isabelle Younane | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Isabelle Younane

As I learned from this event - and from the Global Summit in general - the effects of globalisation and immigration mean that the West can no longer sit back and allow the suffering of ethnic groups, particularly as some of their members now walk the streets of our egalitarian nation. Hopefully, this modest event was a first step in creating a dialogue between Somali victims and the international community about the reality of life as a minority in Somalia, and what we can do to help.

#DailyFail - Daily Mail Reporting of Women Made Me so Angry I Started a Campaign

Lucy Hurn | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Hurn

The article described how Amal's attendance of the summit allowed her to show off 'her slim pins', as if that was her primary reason for attending rather than her interest in the vitally important issue of sexual violence itself.