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New students at Cambridge must now take workshops in sexual consent. New students at Cambridge must now take workshops in sexual consent. caffinehit

Lad culture of conquest targeted by new Oxbridge sexual consent workshops

Cambridge and Oxford announced the introduction of compulsory workshops on sexual consent for first-year students just a few weeks before the start of the new academic year. According to Cambridge, the…
Can the judicial process be more sensitive? Can the judicial process be more sensitive? KieferPix via Shutterstock

Lawyers need training to protect vulnerable witnesses in sex offence cases

Anyone involved in the criminal justice system will agree that one of the most challenging tasks an advocate can ever face is to prosecute or defend an individual or group accused of sexual offences. The…
The alarming aspect of today’s survey findings is that younger Australians aged 16 to 25 were more likely to hold attitudes that excuse or trivialise sexual assault. The alarming aspect of today’s survey findings is that younger Australians aged 16 to 25 were more likely to hold attitudes that excuse or trivialise sexual assault. AAP/Newzulu/Gail Orenstein

Rape culture: why our community attitudes to sexual violence matter

Results from the National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) 2013 Survey have been released today by VicHealth, and there is reason to be concerned about Australians' attitudes to…
More painful experience. More painful experience. Teens by Shutterstock

All too often, anal sex isn’t about young women’s desires

We often talk about educating young people about consent but what does this mean? Does it simply boil down to teaching young men not to rape? And, if this is the case, it’s a depressingly low bar. Instead…
The reality about Scotland’s rape stats might be counter-intuitive. The reality about Scotland’s rape stats might be counter-intuitive. Morag Eyrie

Rising rape figures in Scotland could actually be a step forward

As was confirmed recently by figures from Police Scotland, there has been a 23% increase in recorded cases of rape north of the border over the past year. In 2013-14, the first year of Police Scotland’s…
The roots of misogyny run deep. The roots of misogyny run deep. Money Sharma/EPA

The shocking mythical tales that underlie attitudes to rape in India

It’s almost 80 years since Abel Meeropol’s powerfully evocative civil rights poem Strange Fruit was popularised in song by Billie Holiday. But I recalled the lyrics recently, when reading about the high-profile…
We should beware removing the ancient corroboration rule We should beware removing the ancient corroboration rule Penn State

The courts must not become social engineers to secure more rape convictions

The recent decision by the Scottish Parliament to scrap the need for corroboration in criminal trials is designed to solve a longstanding problem: there is a low rate of convictions in rape cases and…
The UK’s justice system has failed to protect rape complainants from harm. The UK’s justice system has failed to protect rape complainants from harm. Valerie Everett

Suicides show how justice system fails rape victims

In the space of just over a year, two women in Greater Manchester have killed themselves because of their experiences as complainants in sexual offences cases. The challenge this poses to the criminal…
Egyptian women waiting to vote in January’s constitutional referendum. Egyptian women waiting to vote in January’s constitutional referendum. Khalil Hamra/AP

Egyptian sexual harassment activists battle growing acceptance of violence

Many colleagues and friends have asked me about the surge and intensity of sexual harassment in Egypt, which has already received plenty of attention within academia and the international media. They ask…
When it comes to extreme porn, there’s more the law could do to help. When it comes to extreme porn, there’s more the law could do to help. CMCarterSS

Laws against rape porn must do more to address cultural harm

Hidden amongst the more high-profile reforms in the newly published Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014 is a proposal to extend the law on extreme pornography. This law, first enacted in 2008, criminalises…
Protesters gather in Delhi, near the site where a Danish woman was gang-raped, to demand action on rampant violence against women. Protesters gather in Delhi, near the site where a Danish woman was gang-raped, to demand action on rampant violence against women. EPA/Money Sharma

What gang rapes tell us about Delhi and the wider world

Coinciding with yet another brutal gang rape in Delhi is news that Delhi’s women and child welfare minister, Rakhi Birla, is recruiting an all-female commando unit to help respond to Delhi’s rape problem…
Protest: Indian women demonstrate against sexual violence. Protest: Indian women demonstrate against sexual violence. Rawesh Lalwani

Hard evidence: how prevalent is rape in Asia?

Hard Evidence is a series of articles that looks at some of the trickiest public policy questions we face. Academic experts delve into available research evidence to provide informed analysis you won’t…
The law and your laptop: extreme porn legislation goes both too far and not far enough. The law and your laptop: extreme porn legislation goes both too far and not far enough. Nelson Biago Jnr

Rape should be ‘extreme’ enough for English porn laws

Five years after the government enacted a controversial law criminalising the possession of extreme pornography, it is clear that the legislation is deeply flawed, not least because it fails to cover pornographic…
With global attention and the Indian public so invested in the Dehli rape case, the rights of the accused to a fair trial are in jeopardy. With global attention and the Indian public so invested in the Dehli rape case, the rights of the accused to a fair trial are in jeopardy. AAP/Anindito Mukherjee

Delhi rape accused deserve a fair trial – and they’re not getting one

Sometimes, a matter of domestic law - a murder, a kidnapping, a rape - can be so horrifying that it is keenly felt, and keenly watched, around the world. This was the case with the gang rape of a 23-year-old…
A Syrian woman in Turkey prays for those left behind. A Syrian woman in Turkey prays for those left behind. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Rape in Syria: a weapon of war or instrument of terror?

In Syria, rape is being used by armed groups as a means to an end. In this context, reports have emerged detailing the use of sexual violence by Syrian armed forces and paramilitaries loyal to Assad. Last…

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