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Tuesday 14 June 2016
Featured News Opinion

law and patriarchal order: the brock turner case

Emma Robinson
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Content Warning: this article contains mention of rape, rape culture and victim blaming ‘… we should not make the mistake that law can provide the solution to the oppression that it celebrates and sustains’ – Carol Smart in Feminism and the power of law This quote from Carol Smart has been banging around in my…
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Friday 19 June 2015
Celebrity News TV

in brief: sunrise apologise for post victim blaming women affected by revenge porn

Sarah Iuliano
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Victim blaming: it’s not something mass media should do. On Wednesday, Channel Seven’s Sunrise breakfast show did just that as it published a Facebook post about Australian women’s nude photos being uploaded to an American revenge porn website. The post, detailing a story affecting 500 women, had the caption: ‘What’s it going to take for…
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Monday 22 September 2014
Featured Opinion

one in five australians think a woman is “partly responsible” if she is raped while intoxicated

Sophie Verass and Claire Capel-Stanley
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Last week shocking and shameful statistics emerged from a survey conducted by VicHealth. The results showed that one in five Australians believe that if a woman is raped while drunk or under the influence of drugs, she is partly to blame. One in Five. Duck, duck, duck, duck… Goose. Although the majority of those 17,500…
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Thursday 24 April 2014
Featured Feminism

the day the laughter stopped: a game about rape

Sigrid Cross
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I want to start this article with a Serious Trigger Warning. If trigger warnings are something you watch out for, then this article is likely not for you. Otherwise, I would encourage you to follow this link. But be warned it will leave you feeling deeply uncomfortable. That’s how I felt afterwards.When you’ve finished with that…
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Thursday 27 February 2014
News

in brief: 89-year-old woman called a ‘flirt’ after being raped by nursing home staff

Kezia Lubanszky
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An 89-year-old woman from Edgewood nursing home in Minnesota has been through a horrifying ordeal after being raped by one of her carers. Her nursing assistant, Andrew Scott Merzwski, sexually assaulted the woman after giving her narcotics that he knew would render her mentally incapacitated. The victim notified her daughter the next morning, who then…
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Saturday 26 October 2013
News

the link between binge drinking and sexual assault

Claire Jansen
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Should we tell women to stop binge drinking in order to protect them from being sexually assaulted? Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column at Slate thinks so, and has attracted the ire of the Internet since having her piece published. Yoffe makes the case that binge drinking is closely related to sexual assault…
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Thursday 8 August 2013
Featured News

risk management vs victim blaming: just another grey area?

Claire Gallagher
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Shifting the blame from perpetrator to victim in cases of sexual assault is so deeply ingrained in our society that it is difficult at times to maintain the energy to confront those perpetuating victim-blaming myths. I’ve had to challenge close friends and family members who have sworn they’re ‘not victim blaming’ but why the hell…
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Monday 24 June 2013
News Opinion World

serena williams on steubenville rape victim: ‘she’s 16. why was she drunk?’

Alexandra Van Schilt
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  The Steubenville rape case of August 2012 was given international attention and exposed many of the darker elements of America’s – and the world’s – reaction to and further creation of rape culture. The well-documented incident involved sixteen-year-old students and budding football stars Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, and the repeated rape and sexual…
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Monday 3 June 2013
Featured Opinion

‘rape isn’t always rape’, says former TV presenter

Toby Newton
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Last week, former British television presenter, Nick Ross, sparked controversy when an excerpt of his upcoming book, Crime, was published in the Daily Mail. In the piece, heavily edited from a chapter focusing on crime and sex, Ross argues that ‘it has become sacrilege to suggest that there can be any gradation’ when it comes…
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Wednesday 27 March 2013
Culture News

#safetytipsforladies – the most sarcastic twitter trend yet

lip magazine
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Minding one’s lovely lady lumps isn’t usually the kind of advice stored under the heading “Safety Tips for Ladies”. But that’s exactly what the latest Twitter trend is. #safetytipsforladies was trending on Twitter on Tuesday 26 March, attracting a variety of hilarious, attention-grabbing tips strung together in less than 140 characters. The hashtag, coined by…
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Friday 22 March 2013
Featured Opinion

the daily telegraph – thanks for contributing to victim blaming

Kaylia Payne
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  Last week I was unlucky enough to come across an article in the Daily Telegraph entitled ‘More women are getting drunk on Sydney streets than ever before’. It was the usual article about women and sexual assault, i.e. how women can avoid getting assaulted if they simply stop being so darn silly and reckless…
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Monday 6 August 2012
Featured

ponytails and perverts: is it wrong to give anti-assault advice?

lip magazine
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Young vulnerable women are sometimes told that we shouldn’t have our hair tied back in a ponytail in public. Not for any aesthetic purpose, but for safety reasons. If a man – it’s always the threat of a shadowy man looming over you – wants to assault you, you will make it so much easier…
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