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‘Revenge Porn' And Upskirting Remind Us Sexual Offending Is Not About Sexual Arousal

Is ‘revenge porn’ a sexual offence? Yes is the clear answer given by many victims. But the Government continues to claim that ‘revenge porn’ – the non-consensual sharing of sexual images – is not a sexual offence, meaning that victims are not entitled to automatic anonymity when reporting to the police. Read the latest blog post, ‘Revenge Porn' And Upskirting Remind Us Sexual Offending Is Not About Sexual Arousal by Professor Clare McGlynn. 

Smart home gadgets in domestic abuse warning

A list offering guidance to those affected by smart home devices being used to control or harass them within abusive relationships has been published online. The UK team behind the "tech abuse" list, including researchers from Privacy International and University College London, says it was created to "better inform and guide victims of technology-facilitated abuse as well as those working with them". Read the full BBC news article here

'World Cup spike in domestic violence leaves refuges full'

As Darlington Borough Council launched an investigation into why recent weeks had seen a “significant increase” in children being referred to social services, charity Harbour said the combination of a heatwave and major sporting tournament had created a perfect storm, leading to all its Tees Valley refuges becoming full. Read the full article in the Northern Echo here

APPG on Sexual Violence

The next All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Violence session will take place on Wednesday 17th July and will consider the funding landscape faced by specialist sexual violence services and explore the impacts of government strategy, commissioning frameworks and practice, and devolution of funding. This session will provide an essential overview of the particular challenges faced by specialist sexual violence organisations in light of the unprecedented demand for their services.

Accounts of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published accounts of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project, set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting. Read the publication: Truth Project experiences shared: victims and survivors speak out

Source: NSPCC Caspar Alert

Agenda research: restraint-related deaths among women

Thirty two women died after experiencing restraint over a five year period, according to new figures obtained by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. The data, on patients detained under the Mental Health Act, suggests women were more likely to have restraint-related deaths than men between 2012/13 and 2016/17. Younger women made up a large number of the restraint-related deaths – 13 were aged 30 and under, compared to 4 men in that age range.

Smart Works Newcastle

Smart Works has brought its award-winning service to the North-East to set more women up for interview success. Smart Works Newcastle opened in April 2018 and is need of clothing donations, volunteers and supporter partnerships. Details on how you can support the organisation can be found at smartworks.org.uk

 

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