Holding Our Politicians Accountable

by Everyday Victim Blaming This was originally posted here on the 15th April 2014 This week, Cheltenham Borough councillor Barbara Driver has stepped down after using the phrase: “(t)here is a saying and I’m going to say it: When rape is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it” in reference to a new housing development. This misuse of language by…

“You knocked me down like a Bullock!” Wife beating and murder in the 1800s

by Jade Barber This post was originally posted here One night in mid April 1830, a surgeon was called to deliver a stillborn baby in Blackfriars, London. The mother of the child was Sarah Goulding, who died a few days later from complications caused by the miscarriage, which she insisted her husband, Daniel Goulding, had induced by beating…

Celebrity Abusers and Rape Culture

 by Sian Norris Jim Davidson has won Celebrity Big Brother. Jim Davidson, a man who has an alleged history of intimate partner violence, and whose racist, sexist and homophobic “comedy” led to him being chucked off Celebrity Hell’s Kitchen in 2007. Jim Davidson’s third wife alleged that within the first three months of their marriage he…

Is it so shocking to believe that women should be able to get blind drunk without being raped?

by Karen Ingala Smith This article was originally posted here.     In December, I spoke to the Yorkshire Post about the above poster produced by Calderdale Council.  Anti sexual-violence posters are regularly produced by police forces to celebrate Christmas, a collection of which are reviewed in this piece by Ending Victimisation and Blame.  Campaign messages are not neutral. …

Language Matters: We need to be clear when discussing child rape.

by Louise Pennington Two weeks ago, Victoria Coren called for more ‘nuance’ when discussing Roman Polanski’s guilty plea for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Polanski had originally been charged with six separate counts, including rape, after grooming, drugging and anally, orally and vaginally raping 13 year old Samantha Geimer.[1] Coren’s plea for nuance was…

Neil Wilson, Stacey Rambold and Naming the Problem

by Louise Pennington This week, I submitted a piece to the Huffington Post,[1] entitled Child Rapist whose victim was called “predatory” has sentence reviewed, on the erasure of the feminist activism of Ending Victimisation and Abuse [Everyday Victim Blaming][2] in the Neil Wilson case. Wilson received a suspended eight-month sentence for sexually assaulting a thirteen year…