Articles about 'rape'

Should journalists cover rape case failings?

Melanie Newman responds to the view that the media's focus on rape investigation failures and low conviction rates is unhelpful to victims, arguing that with fatalism setting in over rape conviction rates, more media scrutiny is essential to prove that improvements can still be made

Guest Blogger // 6 January 2014

Categories: Blog

17 December: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

In this specially extended blog post for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Molly, a member of the Sex Worker Open University, argues against feminist rhetoric, campaigns and legal policies that threaten sex workers' safety worldwide

Guest Blogger // 17 December 2013

Categories: Blog

No excuses: anti-rape campaign launched in Bristol today

Holly gives details of the this is not an excuse campaign, which calls out victim blaming myths while also linking to help and support

Holly Combe // 21 November 2013

Categories: Blog

The joys of sex

At the British Museum's shunga exhibition, Sarah Jackson discovers that the fantasy world of Japanese erotic art has a more relatable sense of fun than modern pornography

Sarah Jackson // 4 November 2013

Categories: Art, Reviews

Why Downton Abbey’s rape storyline hurts survivors

Annie Moran shares her anger at the use of rape as a plot device in the latest episode of ITV's hit show, arguing that the storyline has no place in an escapist Sunday night drama and perpetuates harmful stereotypes

Guest Blogger // 7 October 2013

Categories: Blog

Crime, punishment and the nuances of child rape: Only Connect

Sarah writes about Victoria Coren Mitchell's call for "nuance" in the light of Samantha Geimer's account of being drugged and raped by Roman Polanski

Sarah Thomasin // 30 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura // 16 September 2013

Categories: Blog

“Not guilty” does not mean she lied

Laura speaks out against the inaccurate portrayal of the girl in the Le Vell rape case

Laura // 11 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Victim blaming: the easy option?

Guest blogger Sarah writes about whether victim blaming is a handy way of avoiding taking real action, and whether it is used for others to feel safe

Sarah Thomasin // 9 September 2013

Categories: Blog

India needs comprehensive reform, not death penalty, to deal with violence against women

This is a guest post by Dr Aisha K. Gill, Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton. Her main areas of interest and research are health and criminal justice...

Guest Blogger // 26 August 2013

Categories: Blog

Why crimes against sex workers should be treated as hate crimes

Most sex workers find it difficult to report rape or violence because of the stigma associated with prostitution. Ruth Jacobs argues for a model that treats crimes against sex workers as hate crimes, a model that has been successful in increasing reporting of crimes and convictions in Merseyside

Ruth Jacobs // 19 August 2013

Categories: Activism, Features, Violence

New review: 90210

With its fifth and final series currently showing on E4 in the UK, the US fictional teen drama 90210 has tackled some familiar issues affecting young people. Robyn Harris goes...

Holly Combe // 1 August 2013

Categories: Blog

9021-oh: The harsh truth about victim-blaming in US schools?

With its fifth and final series currently showing on E4 in the UK, the US fictional teen drama 90210 has tackled some familiar issues affecting young people. Robyn Harris goes back to series' two and three to examine two storylines where female characters experience abuse and is disappointed to find the show ultimately doing very little to help dispel victim blaming

Robyn Harris //

Categories: Reviews, Television

What non-monogamy taught me about the ‘sex-positive’ movement

Elisa argues that sexuality is not set in stone and not above scrutiny, including when it comes to porn

Elise Haf // 30 July 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman

The BBC’s recent India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman documentary follows a familiar pattern when it comes to Western reporting on violence against women in India says Asiya...

Holly Combe // 20 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Marte Dalelv: Norwegian woman convicted after reporting rape now loses job

Philippa writes about Marte Deborah Dalelv who, after reporting being raped in Dubai found herself prosecuted for sex outside marriage. Marte has now lost her job due to the "unacceptable and improper behaviour" of being convicted.

Philippa Willitts //

Categories: Blog

India’s Western problem

The BBC's recent India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman documentary follows a familiar pattern when it comes to Western reporting on violence against women in India says Asiya Islam

Asiya Islam //

Categories: Reviews, Television

Hall, Saatchi and male violence against women

A mini rant about male violence, abuse apologism and victim blaming, after yesterday's news

Laura // 18 June 2013

Categories: Blog

Nervous: when boys think sexual assault is a game

Kate Ledger recently came across a particularly disturbing form of sexist behaviour in the classroom that reflects worrying attitudes towards girls and sex in our schools. Here she outlines the problem and how she and her colleagues have responded

Guest Blogger // 16 June 2013

Categories: Blog

Using The Words

Annie Moran, who has previously written for The F-Word on her experience of reporting rape, introduces a new project to help survivors speak out about sexual violence

Guest Blogger // 2 May 2013

Categories: Blog

Steubenville: An American phenomenon?

Hannah Hilali explores the meaning of "rape culture" in the context of the Steubenville rape case and her own experience of sexual assault here in the UK

Guest Blogger // 6 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura // 1 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Showing too much

Philippa discusses the ethics of reproducing pixellated photographs of "Jane Doe"'s assault in Steubenville and the contents of Lucy Meadows' private emails

Philippa Willitts // 23 March 2013

Categories: Blog

Patience: a feminist virtue?

Zarina Khan has had enough of being told that women need to wait for equality

No Women No Peace // 21 March 2013

Categories: Blog

‘Help! False Rape’

A guest post by Jennifer James about BBC Newsbeat's counter-productive take on a story about women not being believed when they report rape

Guest Blogger // 13 March 2013

Categories: Blog

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