#todayin: rape culture

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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.Instead I accompanied a close friend to court for the trial of the man who allegedly raped her.Her employer, John*, the dealer […]

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#womenslives: From Emma Gray on the Huffpo

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From Emma Gray on the Huffpo (emphasis added): On Friday afternoon, a judge ruled against Kesha’s request to be released from her contract with Sony. That contract commits the 28-year-old pop star to making six more albums with the company, and thus links her to a producer she says sexually assaulted her. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against producer […]

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#womenslives: violence against women and technology

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Anastasia Powell (Senior Research and ARC DECRA Fellow, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University) on violence against women and technology. There are some useful stats too, for those who like/ need that sort of thing, and lots and lots of evidence. Federal MP Tim Watts spoke in parliament on Monday about the ways in which new technologies are being used […]

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#research: Exposure to nature may reduce crime, strengthen communities (on @newrepublic)

As urbanization, population growth and the rampant destruction of the natural world increase, human beings have become more and more isolated from nature—and at a significant cost. Spending time in nature is good for both the body and the mind, leading to health benefits including reduced depressive symptoms and lower blood pressure. As it turns out, the benefits of exposure […]

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#research: women, particularly women of colour, bear costs of mass incarceration

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A groundbreaking new report (from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design) surveyed former prisoners and their families in 14 states* and found that the true costs of incarceration (emotional and financial) “continue long after incarceration ends and reach far beyond the individual being punished”. * Methodology: surveys with 712 former prisoners, 368 of […]

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#research: The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls

This piece is about girls in the US but the same issues apply here in Britain. Young girls who come into contact with the criminal justice/ juvenile justice system here are also more likely than boys to have been sexually assaulted and that is reflected in their offending and substance misuse. These problems are only exacerbated in a system that […]

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#womensstories: ““Girls’ behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized…”

“Girls’ behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized, reinforcing the sexual abuse to prison pipeline…. The most common crimes for which girls are arrested — including running away, substance abuse, and truancy — are also the most common symptoms of abuse.” I posted a piece about this issue the other day. Here is another. From bust: We hear […]

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#womensstories: Girls’ stories: the sexual abuse to prison pipeline

From the report: Sasha was raped as a high school student. When news of the rape was circulated in social media, she was ridiculed by her classmates, making it impossible for her to feel safe at school. Sasha immediately became truant. For six months, Sasha’s mother unsuccessfully appealed to school district administrators to transfer Sasha to a safer school environment. […]

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YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE AND OFFENDING: A BROKEN SYSTEM

On the 23rd of June, 2015, the Prison Reform Trust launched a review to examine why children aged 10 to 17 who are in care are more likely to offend than children who are not in care. [1] The Trust acknowledges that the majority of young people in care do not offend or come into contact with the youth justice […]

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#research: New Study: 1 in 4 Women Have Family In Prison (US)

It gets worse. 1 in 2 Black women have an incarcerated family member. The Essie Justice Group writes: On May 20, 2015, the Du Bois Review published Racial Inequalities in Connectedness to Imprisoned Individuals in the United States,[1] a groundbreaking article exposing the devastating effects of mass incarceration on the women who are so often left behind to pick up […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: on dowry deaths

One of my favourite columnists, Kalpana Sharma, produced a disturbing piece yesterday – on dowry deaths. Kalpana was appalled to read a headline, ‘One bride burnt every hour’. Not 50 years ago, but last week. It’s the kind of fact that we in India are inured to. It doesn’t have shock value for the average reader. I can’t imagine the […]

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#research: Department for International Development’s quarterly Violence Against Women and Girls Evidence Digest

Linked below is a PDF of the Department for International Development’s quarterly Violence Against Women and Girls Evidence Digest, summarising the latest evidence on drivers of VAWG and what works to prevent it. It includes links to a variety of research reports on VAW. Link to dropbox. Department for International Development’s quarterly Violence Against Women and Girls Evidence Digest

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#research: Two thirds of women in the US have been street harassed

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I’m surprised, really, that it’s as low as 65%. That could be indication of how normalised and “acceptable” street harassment has become. From feministing: A new study commissioned by Stop Street Harassment reveals just how common street harassment is in the US. No surprise there. Sixty-five percent of women say they’ve experienced street harassment at some point in their lives. […]

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