Victims

Why We Should Remove 'Victim' From Our Vocabulary

Sophie Pope | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Do we really want to go through life being labelled a victim? The word 'victim' connotes frailty. It says 'handle with care', 'don't push it', 'poor thing'. Do we want to be looked at that way just because of an isolated incident that happened through no fault of our own?

Victim Shaming and Alcohol Blaming: Rape Culture and Those who Should Know Better

Sophie Pope | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Here's a controversial thought: Rape happens when an attacker decides to commit it. One in three rape cases occur when the victim has been drinking, and three in three rapes occur when the rapists decide to defile the power of the word 'no'.

A Lack of Convictions

Phil Bowen | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Phil Bowen

It is time to focus on the quality of delivery, not issue new policy documents. The process to review and support practitioners working in these specialised courts, which used to be in place and was abandoned, needs to be revitalised. And in revitalising that, the courts themselves need to be re-energised and need to look at new developments in the evidence

Salford Police to Online Harasment Victims: 'Close Your Facebook Account'

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josiah Mortimer

A Greater Manchester Police force came under fire yesterday for appearing to downplay the seriousness of online harassment. In a Facebook status, GMP Salford East posted: "If you are being 'Harassed' on facebook please follow these instructions: 1. Close your facebook account".

Did Police Victimise the Very People They Should Have Been Protecting?

Bob Morgan | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK
Bob Morgan

It is serious enough if police fail to investigate a major crime or mishandle something which leads to the deaths of innocent people - to then try to damage the reputation of the family and friends or the victims to cover up failings is a dreadful and cynical thing to do and we should not tolerate it.

Could Aggressive Treatment of Vulnerable Witnesses Be About to Change?

Javed Khan | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

The aggressive questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court was exposed again this week with solicitor general Oliver Heald calling for change at the dispatch box. We've all heard stories of children - many of them victims of horrific sex crimes - being thrown to the wolves in court and it needs to stop.

Criminals Must Pay More for Their Crimes

Helen Grant | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

We all know crime doesn't pay, but we increasingly expect it to pay back. Of course the true cost of crime isn't financial: it's the pain and misery caused to innocent victims and communities. Yet at the moment criminals contribute less than one pound in every six to supporting victims. This balance is utterly wrong and it needs to change now.

Communities Must Pull Together in Wake of Woolwich Murder

Javed Khan | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

This murder is a reminder of how damaging a crime can be to the wider community... as a proud British Muslim I am not afraid to admit that seeing the story in the morning papers made me uneasy - just as I felt uneasy after the 7/7 bombings.

Is Masculinity in Crisis?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grainne Gillis

The real issue here is that men are finally starting to be held accountable for their bad behaviour (as a gender) - and they don't like it. It is akin to children throwing their toys out of the pram, because they are asked to share them.

Reducing Britain's Re-Offending Rate Needs Victim Focus

Javed Khan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

It's no secret that the re-offending rate in this country remains far too high and that the public find it alarming. What's less publicised is what victims think about all this. Time and again victims tell me that, yes they want those who committed a crime to be punished, but also they want them to be rehabilitated.

Victims Have Felt Intimidated and Confused for Too Long

Helen Grant | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Too often victims feel intimidated and forgotten, treated as an afterthought by a 'system' that makes their already horrific experience worse. As Victims' Minister my role is to champion the needs of victims and ensure that their voices are heard. One of the ways I am tackling this is by revising the Victims' Code.

How Do We Stamp Out Profit From Human Misery?

Helen Grant | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Human trafficking is a scourge. It does not discriminate and permeates across age, race, sex and gender; it crushes self confidence and destroys lives. Its victims are often some of the most vulnerable members of society, separated from family and friends and with no access to financial help or support, they can become forgotten victims. As victims' minister my role is to ensure that they are not forgotten, but it is a job I can't do alone.

Britain's Not More Peaceful for the Victims

Javed Khan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

We've heard today that new research suggests Britain is becoming a "more peaceful" place with violent crime falling by a quarter over the last decade. The European Institute for Peace thinks violent crime is falling faster here than anywhere else in Europe - though it still costs us £124billion.

Domestic Abuse Will Only Be Stopped if Every One of Us Refuses to Accept It

Helen Grant | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

In England and Wales one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse over the course of their lifetime, and in the last year around 400,000 women were sexually assaulted and 60,000 raped. Behind each of those horrifying statistics is a woman or child whose life has been ruined.

Stalking Is a Crime and It's Time to Act

Helen Grant | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Grant

Stalking is a real problem in the UK - in the last year, 4% of women and 3% of men reported having experienced stalking (Crime Survey for England and Wales 2011/12). For those affected it can have serious and long term impact.

Adoptees: Lucky Escape or Forgotten Victims?

Ben Acheson | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Adoption is widely regarded as a perfect arrangement for all parties and whilst it does generally benefit everyone involved, it is naive, one-dimensional and even dangerous to assume that it is a purely positive event without repercussions.

Should Rape Defendants Be Anonymous?

Sarah Lothian | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Lothian

So why should rape and sexual assault be treated differently? Either we have faith in our justice system, or we don't... By protecting defendants, what are we saying about our confidence in the evidence presented - which includes the reliability of the witnesses involved?

Justice for Frances Andrade: A Success or a Failure?

Javed Khan | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

The welfare of victims should be the top priority of the justice system. When victims are left to suffer without help it can compromise justice as people will think twice about coming forward at all. Some may decide the price is too high and refuse to participate - which is a failure for justice, the 'system' and for society, and offenders will walk free.

The Battle for Minds in Syria

Jawad Yaqub | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jawad Yaqub

That people in Syria are dying is obvious: a casual eye cast over the newstands confirm what we all suspect. The society there is being torn apart thr...

CEO Visits the Frontline

Javed Khan | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK
Javed Khan

I was incredibly proud to see how much victims valued the hard work of my staff - and many did not even know that we were a charity. It was very humbling.

The PM Must Consider What the EU Has Done for Victims of Crime

Javed Khan | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

The truth of the matter is that if you are a victim of crime you may have a lot to thank the EU for, and a lot to lose if Britain pulls out of measures it has just recently signed up to.

Rapists 'Should Face Longer Prison Terms'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

Rapists and sex attackers should face tougher prison terms according to the Sentencing Council, which points to the psychological and long-term effect...

'We Musn't Forget That This Is About Child Abuse'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Politics

Former children's minister Tim Loughton has said the real issue of child abuse is being detracted from by a "witch hunt around celebrities and high pr...

George Galloway and the Politics of Rape: A Political Obituary?

Andrew Smith | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Even the strongest defenders of Julian Assange should have been shaking their heads in despair as the artist formally known as Gorgeous George described the idea of a man having sex with a woman who is sleeping as merely being "bad sexual etiquette" that was "not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it.

Looking Back Over an Eventful Six Months for the European Parliament

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
European Parliament Web Team

A matter of form, part of the procedure, a formality - the European Parliament's scrutiny of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) wasn't expected to bring any surprises. After all, it had already been negotiated by major industrialised countries around the world, including the US and had received the European Commission's blessing and the backing of EU member states.