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7 January - Our Work: Have your say ~ Equality and Human Rights Commission – Consultation closes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission EHRC would like to hear your views about their draft strategic plan (their work plan for the next three years).

"We have set out strategic goals and priority aims in the draft plan. Your views on how we prioritise and achieve these aims are very important to us.

Join the RCTN coach to Million Women Rise 2019

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) are organising a return trip to join the Million Women Rise march in London on Saturday 9th March. RCTN will join the march to Trafalgar Square for the Women's Rally, calling for a women's right to be free from violence and fear. Coach departure point: Berwick Street, opposite Newcastle Central Station, 6am (we are also picking up at Durham services, please contact us if you would like to join us at Durham). Return journey will get us back to Newcastle at 11:30pm.

Child sexual abuse survivor calls for change in law to prevent rapists' access to children

Sammy Woodhouse, campaigner and survivor of grooming and child sexual abuse, has spoken out after Rotherham Council informed the man convicted of raping her that he could request access to her son. With Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh, Sammy is calling for a change to the 1989 Children's Act to prevent rapists gaining access to the children of their victims. Read more

Domestic abuse in England and Wales

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on domestic abuse in England and Wales. The report includes an overview of: the scope of the problem; the law concerning domestic abuse; progress made on the draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill following the consultation that closed 31 May 2018. Key recommendations from the consultation include: changes to the statutory definition of domestic abuse to replace 'financial abuse' with 'economic abuse', which includes access to basic resources like food and clothing.

Child sexual abuse: residential schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a literature review of research into child sexual abuse (CSA) in residential and non-residential schools. The literature review covers research from five key areas: pupils attending residential schools; standards for keeping children safe from sexual abuse in schools in England and Wales; the scale and nature of CSA in schools; factors that influence CSA in schools; examples of unsuccessful safeguarding measures and positive approaches adopted by schools.

Progress on preventing violence against women and girls

The Scottish Government has published the first annual progress report for Equally Safe, its strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Actions taken so far include: expansion of the Rape crisis sexual violence prevention programme in schools and ongoing work with universities and colleges to ensure the provision of a safe environment for students and staff.

 

New campaign to end the not proven verdict – Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland and Miss M, the woman at the centre of a recent civil rape case, have launched a campaign to end the not proven verdict. Following a not proven verdict in a criminal trial in 2015, Miss M successfully sued Stephen Coxen in the civil courts, in what was the first civil damages action for rape following an unsuccessful criminal prosecution in almost 100 years. Uniquely, Scotland has three verdicts – guilty, not guilty and not proven.

UK's welfare system is cruel and misogynistic, says UN expert after damning report on poverty

Britain’s welfare system is so sexist it may as well have been compiled by “a group of misogynists in a room,” a UN expert has claimed.

Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, warned that poverty in the UK is a “political choice” and that compassion and concern had been “outsourced” in favour of tax cuts for the rich.

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