Exploitation or empowerment?
How sexual attraction to a disabled body is about more than just desires of the flesh.
Some survivors are using social media and other online platforms to share their experiences of sexual violence and seek support.
By speaking out about sexual violence and creating safe online spaces to seek support, victim-survivors may also encourage others to report the crime.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo enters the court room of the ICC.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo has been convicted for crimes of sexual violence during war in the Central African Republic. It’s a significant case, but not the historic victory it’s been hailed as.
Yazidi women who fled the Iraqi town of Sinjar.
Domestic and sexual slavery are being used as weapons of war – and the victims are too often forgotten.
Victims of sexual violence in eastern Congo, 2007.
Even with the end of the war in central Africa, continuing instability in the region has triggered an epidemic of rape.
Pushing back against the backlash.
Germany has been a world leader in taking in refugees, but a xenophobic outcry at a wave of sexual assaults puts the government in a tight spot.
Pornography is a handy scapegoat that diverts our attention away from our deeper problems with sex and violence.
The bouquet held by Bolshy Divas member Jackie Softly represents the people with disability whose accounts of violence and abuse the Senate inquiry heard in Perth, but these are just the tip of the iceberg.
Accountability for the violence and abuse that people with disability experience begins with recording the offences. In fact, we have long ignored crimes against vulnerable members of our community.
The rape of older people has been missed off national statistics.
New research reveals how many people over the age of 60 have been raped in the UK – and it is time to act.
Members of the ANC Women’s League protest outside the South African court where British businessman Shrien Dewani faced charges of murdering his Swedish bride. He was acquitted.
Reuters/ Mike Hutchings
On November 25 each year, South Africa launches its annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. Gender based violence is still a massive challenge.
Our Watch chair Natasha Stott Despoja launched the national violence-prevention framework at Parliament House in Canberra this week.
Australia is poised to lead the world by demonstrating the kind of nationwide, cultural and structural change necessary to forever change the story of violence against women.
A new film questions the way universities handle complaints of sexual assault.
New York Magazine
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.
The law enforcement response to online harassment needs to be modernised to meet the changing technological environment.
Is revenge porn just one example of technology intersecting with sexual and domestic violence? What legal efforts have been made to combat it?
Blogger and media critic Anita Sarkeesian in a Feminist Frequency video.
Cyberhate would deny women their full democratic rights as citizens, yet this is trivialised and dismissed – just as sexual violence, discrimination and workplace harassment have been for decades.
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.
Hampshire constabulary has paid £20,000 in damages, but the underlying problems will take much more to solve.
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.
Peace on Earth?
The UN buried a report on human rights abuses carried out by forces operating in its name. Here’s why.