Victims

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.

Don't Fall Hook, Line And Sinker In A World Of Catfish

Claire Stead | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

We are all human, and as Nev Schulman states, what people ultimately want is to find a connection. Unfortunately however, there are people out there that exploit this fundamental human trait.

Are You Too Intelligent To Be The Victim Of A Crime?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

When my ex-partner tried to murder me by putting a gun to my head, I was at the top of my game. I had reached a point with my PR companies where I was the go-to for giving voice to the voiceless; I was winning awards for making waves in marketing and diversity. Yes, I consider myself to be an intelligent woman. I also had a vast circle of friends and colleagues and a close-knit family. My greatest obstacle to freedom was my own overbearing feeling of shame.

How Raw Is 'Too Raw'?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I know that triggers are complex, unpredictable and create unique reactions. As a psychologist, I get that. What I don't get is how an honest and real talk featuring a few clips can be 'too raw' when it comes to the ugly field of Domestic Abuse.

One Woman's Voice - Asking 'Why Me?'

Lucy Jaffe | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Lucy Jaffe

Today is International Women's Day and the theme 'Be Bold for Change' strikes a chord with us here at 'Why me?' The bold change that we campaign for...

A 'Low-Level' Image Is Still A Child Whose Abuse And Suffering Goes On

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

IWF CEO busts top five myths of child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet. The recent comments by Chief Constable Simon Bailey appear to h...

Why Victims Of Crime Should Be Able To Ask The Perpetrator 'Why Me'

Lucy Jaffe | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Lucy Jaffe

I have seen first-hand how empowering restorative justice can be in giving the victim a voice and the chance to ask questions and helping address the harm caused. Restorative justice is not a soft option and does not lead to offenders escaping punishment.

Brock Turner is Reinforcing Rape Culture

Nell Grecian | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nell Grecian

It's pretty ridiculous that here and now, a considerable way through 2016, we are still telling people not to have sex with anyone else against their will. It truly is baffling to read, see and hear what modern society's concept of rape really is.

Record Numbers of Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery in New Report

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 22.04.2017 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

As I head towards my fifth anniversary leading the IWF, there is one consistent factor - we're always changing and growing and 2015 was no exception. Today we'll be publishing our latest figures. What stands out, is the dramatic increase in the number of confirmed reports of illegal imagery since we started actively searching for child sexual abuse images and videos.

A Voice For Victims

David Swindle | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
David Swindle

As a former senior police officer, high profile murder detective, head of public protection and creator of Operation Anagram (set up to trace victims of serial killer Peter Tobin), I have always been compassionate about looking at crimes from a victim focused perspective.

Cruellest Crime: Why MPs Must Pledge to Stop Pet Thieves

Rachael Millar | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Politics
Rachael Millar

Liam is 10 years old. His best friend is Lola, a miniature schnauzer. The photo above shows the two together - best mates hanging out. But Liam doesn't know where his canine playmate is right now because she was snatched by dog thieves last year. All he wants is for her to come back home, back where she belongs..

Preventable or Inevitable? Stopping Child Sexual Abuse Before It Starts

Donald Findlater | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Donald Findlater

If we care about children's safety, it is time we focused scarce resources on preventing abuse - by better protecting children and by helping those with the potential to offend to lead good lives. Such an approach is better for children, better for families and better for those with the potential to do children harm. It is also better for the public purse. Child sexual abuse is preventable. It is not inevitable.

How Not to Be a Victim of Life: The Clink

Jojo Furnival | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

My waiter, the chefs and all the guys at The Clink HMP Brixton appear to be smart, courteous, well trained and as suited to the job as any restaurant staff I've come across. But more than that, they have an air of hope about them.

'What Have We Done to Deserve This?' - Victims of Police Custody Deaths Long for Recognition

Daniel Machover | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Machover

Our criminal justice system has long discriminated against those who have lost family members at the hands of the police. Instead of being recognised as victims, such families are victimised from the very first meeting with the police onwards.

We Need to Do More to Support Victims of Crime

Mike Penning | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Penning

Being a victim of crime can be a deeply traumatising experience. It's a time when people are at their most vulnerable, and the prospect of having to deal with the criminal justice system can be incredibly daunting...

Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from non-victims is gait. A previous study found prison inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified targets as vulnerable because of certain motions within their walk.

MP Falters at Victim-led Justice

Felicity Gerry | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Felicity Gerry

Surprising stuff at the IARS Victim conference last week as a UK Government Minister appeared to falter over victim led justice by suggesting that the EU Victim Directive 2012/29/EU ("The Victim Directive") required new domestic law and would need further consultation before implementation on the meaning of "victim".

Rolf Harris Won't Get To Appeal His Sex Conviction

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has lost the first round of his bid to appeal against his convictions for a string of indecent assaults. A spokes...

Why We Should Remove 'Victim' From Our Vocabulary

Sophie Pope | Posted 02.11.2014 | 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.