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Technology can help crime victims deal with the situation - but the best solution is to avoid people being victims in the first place. Shutterstock.com

Anti-rape devices may have their uses, but they don’t address the ultimate problem

The Rape-aXe ‘female condom’, anti-rape underwear and an anti-groping stamp are all now on the market. But they put the onus on women to protect themselves, rather than on men not to attack them.
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.
The UGM rape case is a reminder that our priority should be to stand with the survivors of sexual assault. www.shutterstock.com

Victim-blaming culture holds back #MeToo in Indonesia

Under victim-blaming attitudes, the survivors of sexual violence suffer from double victimisation: being assaulted and being blamed.
The power disparity between Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims plays into a range of myths and stereotypes about women. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

What the Harvey Weinstein case tells us about sexual assault disclosure

Men like Harvey Weinstein have been able to abuse with relative impunity, despite many in the entertainment industry appearing to know or have suspicion of their behaviour.
Authorities need to do more when people try to report they’re a victim of online fraud. Shutterstock/SFIO CRACHO

The victims’ verdict: what happens when they try to report online fraud

Victims of online fraud say they’re passed from one authority to another when they try to report it, and they’re still made to feel they are to blame for being caught out by a scam.

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