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Placards voicing the concerns of rape victims outside the High Court in Johannesburg. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Rape in South Africa: why the system is failing women

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. AAP/Joe Castro

Report reveals entrenched nature of sexual harassment in Victoria Police

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?
Hynde’s analysis of her experience boils rape down to an encounter between two individuals with equal social power. REUTERS/David Moir

Chrissie Hynde, sexual assault, and the blame game in rape

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.
A protestor at a demonstration against rape. Rape statistics collected by the police do not reflect the high levels of under-reporting. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Rewriting the script around South Africa’s rape statistics

South Africa needs a new rape policy that will change the way the police collect statistics.
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. shutterstock

Victorian rape law needs reform to protect sex workers

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".
Women in Poland stand up against violence. EPA/Bartolomiej Zborowski

The pitfalls of measuring violence against women

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. 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…

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