A whole-of-community approach works best in shifting cultural attitudes and behaviours.
Most Australian women (87%) have experienced some form of street harassment, whether it's whistles, stares, unwanted comments or being followed by strangers in the street – often before the age of 18.
Placards voicing the concerns of rape victims outside the High Court in Johannesburg.
Rape complainants who are perceived to have precipitated their own victimisation, whether through their conduct or their relationship to the perpetrator, are at a particular disadvantage.
In order to cope with the rigours of policing, police are expected to be strong, resilient and unemotional in dangerous situations.
Sexual harassment is a persistent and damaging problem in many Australian workplaces. But why does it appear to be an entrenched feature of some organisational settings more than others?
Every Bond film since the 1970s has promised to revolutionise the Bond girl and bring something new to the table. They haven't yet.
There's an issue of impunity around sexual violence in conflict zones. Here's how science could help us solve it.
Honesty is the best policy (and the law).
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A woman has been found guilty of tricking another woman into thinking she was having sex with a man. What does the law actually say about this?
Women in Tokyo can go it alone.
Don't dismiss the idea of women-only carriages. It might help.
Hynde’s analysis of her experience boils rape down to an encounter between two individuals with equal social power.
American singer Chrissie Hynde provoked outrage this week by suggesting scantily-dressed women make themselves targets for sexual assault. Her comments play into pervasive cultural myths about rape.
All spaces should be safe.
We must place the responsibility for preventing assault firmly on men's shoulders.
And what are universities doing about it?
Do university and college websites give students enough information about how to prevent and respond to sexual assaults on campus? Here's a reality check.
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The world is full of bad responses to sexual assault allegations. Here's how to do it right.
Charting the progress of a global movement against shaming women for the actions of men.
A protestor at a demonstration against rape. Rape statistics collected by the police do not reflect the high levels of under-reporting.
South Africa needs a new rape policy that will change the way the police collect statistics.
Australian universities don’t currently do enough to prevent sexual violence.
A Canadian study has found that university women participating in a rape-prevention program involving "resistance training" were significantly less likely to be sexually assaulted in the next year.
The majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by a man known to the victim.
Australia is at a critical juncture of increasing awareness and understanding of men’s violence against women. But one important type of sexual violence is often overlooked: acquaintance rape.
Research has shown that when sex work is illegal, street sex workers who are victims of sexual assault are reluctant to report it to police.
There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim's sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the "victim is a prostitute".
Time to end blaming the victim.
Rolf Harris’s conviction on 12 charges of indecent assault came at the end of a long trial. The case put sexual assault victims in the spotlight once again – only the latest high-profile example of a growing…
Dominique Strauss-Kahn at Cannes last year.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back. On Thursday May 16 he took a major part in a prime-time documentary about the Euro – where he criticised Nicolas Sarkozy’s response to the 2008-9 economic crisis. The following…
Women in Poland stand up against violence.
It was simultaneously heartening and dispiriting to see the release of a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the prevalence of violence against women in Europe. Dispiriting…
The UK’s justice system has failed to protect rape complainants from harm.
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…