Sexual Violence

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

Heather McIntosh | Posted 13.03.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

Join the Million Women Rising Against Male Violence

Louise Pennington | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

The cost of domestic violence alone to the UK economy is £23 billion pounds a year with approximately 1 in 8 women experiencing domestic violence every year.

Lucy Sherriff

Sexual Assault Victims Forced To Take Uni Classes With Male Attackers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Female students who are victims of sexual assault are being forced to take classes with their attackers because universities are ill-equipped to deal ...

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Rape: What Can Britain Do About It?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Unfortunately, as humans, if we have a notion that a crime can be gotten away with, then the incidence of that crime will be reflected in that belief; a virtue all too common place in sexual violence.

Survivor Stigma

Caroline Murphy | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Murphy

Experiences of sexual violence are many and varied, so rather than speaking 'for' survivors, I speak as one. I share my experience in the hope that some of the stigma will be broken down & that others might feel safe sharing their stories too.

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."

Altering the Age of Consent Will Change Little

Danielle Lowe | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Recently the debate about the age of consent has flared up in the United Kingdom again. Is 16 the right age or does it do harm to children and adults alike? An argument that I haven't seen raised very often, but one that I have believed in for a long time points out that the age of consent is a much more complex issue.

Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

CARE's New Report Reveals Pitiful Spending on Gender in Emergencies Globally

Howard Mollett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Howard Mollett

According to the latest UN statistics, of the total population affected by Typhoon Haiyan, an estimated 47,600 women are at risk of sexual violence. In the evacuation centres, an estimated 2,250 women are also at risk. We know that disasters impact men and women differently - but how can we get better at factoring this into account in international aid efforts?

One Year On, Are Police and Crime Commissioners Delivering on Human Rights?

Emma Hutton | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
Emma Hutton

The small number of PCCs who responded to our questions stressed how important human rights are to their work, and that they see them as part of everyday policing. Encouragingly, they linked the protection of human rights to equality and justice - values that we all share.

Why Can't We Discuss 'Moral Responsibility' Of Rape Victims? Says Barrister

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK

The "moral responsibility" of rape victims should be a topic up for discussion, with the debate over sex offences dominated by a rhetoric of weak, vul...

Despite Challenges, UN Security Council Cannot Miss Opportunity to Tackle Sexual Violence in Trip to Central Africa

Camilla Barker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

Sexual violence has been a central feature of the conflicts that have raged through the region for decades. Thousands of men, women and children are affected each year in activities that constitute war crimes under the Geneva Conventions.

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 ...

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.

"Kill the Rapist?" Why a Film Inciting Mob Justice Won't Solve India's Sex Crimes

Priya Shetty | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Priya Shetty

While the filmmakers say they are on a mission to "empower" women, such an all-guns blazing approach threatens to incite a dangerous streak of mob justice. India already has a long and gruesome history of people taking the law into their own hands - with violent and bloody consequences.

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.

Platitudes Won't Stop Rape in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Zoya Phan

When Thein Sein met Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, he would have found them a lot more enthusiastic about the reform process in Burma than most people who actually live there.

President Thein Sein's Visit: An Opportunity the Prime Minister Must Seize

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

As a leading aid donor to Burma, it is right that we acknowledge and encourage the progress to date, but the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will be failing in their responsibilities if they are not frank about the clear shortcomings.

The UK Must Act Now to Protect Syria's Children From Sexual Violence

Rob Williams | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK
Rob Williams

In April this year Angelina Jolie and William Hague announced that the G8 nations had agreed a historic commitment to work together to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict... The UK has expended a great deal of diplomatic energy on this issue... The problem is that we found no evidence of any activities, determined or otherwise, to stop rape in Zaatari camp.

Aisha, Uganda - 'When You Are a Woman You Have No Voice'

Fragkiska Megaloudi | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK
Fragkiska Megaloudi

Aisha, a mother of five, has been suffering domestic violence from her husband for more than 15 years. I met and interviewed her at the Center For Domestic Violence in Kampala. This is her story.

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.

Porn Laws 'Give Animals And Dead People More Rights Than Women'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK

Women's groups are calling on the Prime Minister to close a legal loophole that gives animals and dead people better legal protection than women and g...