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Two in five Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence. Jorge Flores

Four in ten Australians think women lie about being victims of sexual assault

Australians are more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault than before. But a worrying proportion blame victims for abuse, think women are lying, and don't believe consent is always necessary.
Young Australians use nightclubs as a place to relax and perhaps meet a new sexual partner. Many regard some phyiscal contact during the mating ritual as off limits – but still put up with it.

Groping, grinding, grabbing: new research on nightclubs finds men do it often but know it’s wrong

Nightclub-goers often regard the sort of sexually aggressive behaviour they witness as unacceptable, but they put up with it because it seems like lots of people – especially men – are doing it.
A woman walks past Robert Graham’s sculpture, ‘Dance Door,’ in Los Angeles, 2015. AP Photo/Nick Ut

The unimaginable costs of sexual assault

A well-known scholar of violence against women describes her own harrowing assault – and how the #MeToo movement changed her professionally and personally.
‘Women for Trump’ listening to President Donald Trump speak at a campaign rally in Wheeling, WV, in September. AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Republican women are just fine, thank you, with being Republican

The GOP's handling of sexual assault allegations against prominent GOP figures has led some to conclude that the party does not respect women. But GOP women are sticking with their party.
Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh. AP/Tom Williams/Pool Photo

Kavanaugh confirmation could spark a reckoning with system that often fails survivors of sexual abuse and assault

The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford in the Kavanaugh nomination hearings showed what happens when abuse survivors enter systems that are not designed to respond to their words or meet their needs.
Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Trauma 101 in the aftermath of the Ford-Kavanaugh saga

If the Ford-Kavanaugh saga had any positive impact, it at least clearly highlighted several lessons from traumatology and the complex consequences of traumatic events across society.
In this Oct. 27, 2017 photo, actress Rose McGowan, left, waves after being introduced by Tarana Burke, right, founder of the #MeToo movement, at the inaugural Women’s Convention in Detroit. Are men any more likely to confess to sexual assault since #MeToo? (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Confessions to sexual assault are rare: #ItWasMe

Confessions of sexual assault are rare. Are men any more likely to confess to sexual assault since #MeToo?
Yazidi children hold pictures of Nadia Murad, one of two winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, in Duhok, Iraq, Oct. 5, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

Warriors against sexual violence win Nobel Peace Prize: 4 essential reads

With the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to two leaders who fight against sexual violence as a tool of war, we looked into our archive to find stories about those efforts across the globe.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, arrives in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018. AP/Alex Brandon

Does a man’s social class have anything to do with the likelihood he’ll commit sexual assault?

Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as a good and reputable man in his recent Senate hearing. But a man's social status and education tell us nothing about whether he's likely to commit sexual assault.
The #MeToo movement and more recent allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have posed questions about past conduct. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File

How should we judge people for their past moral failings?

Whether the sins of our past stay with us forever has become a pertinent question of our time. A philosopher argues we don't need to carry our past burdens – although there are some moral conditions.
Across the world, allegations of sexual assault have hinged on women’s credibility. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

Kavanaugh sexual assault hearing evokes early Soviet mock trials

A century ago, Russian leaders staged mock trials on rape and abortion to educate citizens about new Soviet laws and values. Then, as now, victim-blaming and 'he said, she said' marred the verdict.
Most men are not sexual predators and enjoy the closeness of the people they love. Pink Panda/Shutterstock.com

Most men do not perpetrate sexual violence against women

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and women finally feeling free to discuss having been sexually assaulted, it may seem like all men are predators. A trauma psychologist says this is far from true.

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