Half of UK girls are bullied on social media, says survey

This week, the Guardian reported that almost half of all girls in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey of more than 1,000 young people. The poll also showed that 40% of boys have received harassment online. The survey, conducted by Opinium for the children’s charity Plan International UK, involved 1,002 young people aged between 11 and 18.

Jobs: My Sister's Place

My Sister’s Place is looking for a Service Manager. 37 Hours per week, competitive Salary dependent upon experience and agreed responsibilities. My Sister’s Place provides specialist services to women 16 years of age and over and are seeking a Service Manager to direct a range of specialist services. Based in Central Middlesbrough, their holistic approach requires high performing individuals with excellent people skills and an ambition to make a difference.

Funding: The Hilden Charitable Fund

Average £5,000. VCSE. Deadline 15th September 2017. The Hilden Charitable Fund makes grants to projects that address disadvantage and by supporting causes that are less popular. In particular, the Fund wants to support projects that address homelessness; supports asylum seekers and refugees; supports community based initiatives for disadvantaged young people; and penal affairs. Preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year.

Perpetrator programmes debate: Cara Project research

This week, the BBC reported on research claiming a radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third. The two-day course was more successful than other attempts to change behaviour, said Cambridge University. It places first-time offenders in group discussions in which they talk about their behaviour and anger management. The Crown Prosecution Service says it is waiting for results from other trials before any decision on nationwide approval.

Filling in the gaps: trauma informed and gender responsive services for homeless women podcast

As part of the Spotlight Series, SafeLives have produced a podcast with Dr. Lucy Allwright from Against Violence and Abuse (AVA). Lucy shares the insights she’s gained from speaking to homeless survivors of domestic abuse, and some of the vital changes that we must make to better support the women who are often hidden from services. Listen to the full podcast: 'Filling in the gaps: trauma informed and gender responsive services for homeless women'


Sexual health professionals should be supported to ask about domestic abuse

Sexual health professionals feel that it is appropriate and valuable to ask their patients about domestic violence and abuse, National Institute for Health Research-funded research at the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London has found. But time, workload and finding the right moment during consultations can be barriers to doing so.

Request for literature: the scale of online-facilitated child sexual abuse and exploitation

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has commissioned the University of Huddersfield to undertake a rapid evidence assessment of academic and unpublished (grey) literature, and data sources that can be used to quantify the scale of online-facilitated child sexual abuse (CSA) and exploitation. They are asking organisations to let them know about any unpublished literature or ongoing research in this area. The findings will help pinpoint areas where further research is needed and inform the Inquiry’s investigation into the Internet and child sexual exploitation.

Operation Sanctuary

A series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court under the banners Operation Sanctuary and Operation Shelter ended this week and reporting restrictions have been lifted. Successful convictions were obtained for 93 offences of sexual exploitation against vulnerable females with some related drugs and other offences.

New Law Needed to Make “Upskirting” a Sexual Offence

Dame Vera Baird QC and Marc Jones, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners Lead and Deputy Lead on Victims, have called for new legislation to tackle the invasive and appalling practice of “upskirting”. In response to recent reports and a public petition regarding the practice referred to as “upskirting” whereby a person takes a photograph up a woman’s skirt for their own sexual gratification, the PCCs have written to the Justice Secretary calling for the criminalisation of this behaviour by bringing forward legislation in the forthcoming Courts Bill to update the Sexual Offences Act


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