Sexual violence and harassment

Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners

Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016). Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common (Cossins, 2013). This is understandable, because sexual offending is a profoundly hidden crime.

“IT’S NOT THE ABUSE THAT KILLS YOU, IT’S THE SILENCE”: THE SILENCING OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE ACTIVISM IN SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS IN THE UK LEFT.

Widespread doubt and disbelief of women and non-binary survivors who disclose, speak out and demand accountability for the violence they have experienced within social justice movements in the UK Left reveals a painful impasse and persistent barrier in movement building. Systemic failures of criminal justice responses to rape, sexual assault and domestic violence coupled with State violence and regulation of social justice movements and marginalised groups has led to consideration of community alternatives to help transform activist communities into cultures of safety and accountability.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools

This inquiry has uncovered the scale and impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools across England which must be acted upon urgently. The evidence we have gathered paints a concerning picture: the sexual harassment and abuse of girls being accepted as part of daily life; children of primary school age learning about sex and relationships through exposure to hard-core pornography; teachers accepting sexual harassment as being “just banter”; and parents struggling to know how they can best support their children.

Practitioner views on the impacts, challenges and barriers in supporting older survivors of sexual violence

Despite half a century of research on both sexual violence and elder abuse, the intersection between the two remains largely unexplored. Using theoretical lenses of feminist criminology and critical feminist gerontology this article explores the intersection between age and sexual violence drawing on interviews with 23 practitioners supporting older survivors (aged 60 and over). They reported physical and emotional effects of sexual violence leading to limited lifestyles, disengagement from social networks and reliance on pathogenic coping strategies.

Rape Monitoring Group data 2015-16 - Northumbria

On behalf of the national Rape Monitoring Group, HMIC publishes local area digests to provide a data set to enable more thorough analysis of how rape is dealt with in a particular area of England and Wales. This digest sets out the data for Durham Constabulary. These local area digests pull together a range of Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice data on rape in one place.

Rape Monitoring Group data 2015-16 - Durham

On behalf of the national Rape Monitoring Group, HMIC publishes local area digests to provide a data set to enable more thorough analysis of how rape is dealt with in a particular area of England and Wales. This digest sets out the data for Cleveland Police. These local area digests pull together a range of Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice data on rape in one place.

Rape Monitoring Group data 2015-16 - Cleveland

On behalf of the national Rape Monitoring Group, HMIC publishes local area digests to provide a data set to enable more thorough analysis of how rape is dealt with in a particular area of England and Wales. This digest sets out the data for Cleveland Police. These local area digests pull together a range of Home Office/Office for National Statistics, Crown Prosecution Service and Ministry of Justice data on rape in one place.

Taking back control: The health, mental health and well-being benefits of accessing Rape Crisis counselling 

Rape Crisis Centres have provided support to survivors of rape and other forms of sexual violence in England and Wales since the late 1970s. However, the last decade has seen sustained funding difficulties and there is little research to demonstrate their impact (particularly on outcomes).  This action research project developed and piloted a tool called the ‘Taking Back Control’ tool that measures the impact of Rape Crisis counselling over time. The research team believed this to be the first study of its kind. 

 

 

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