Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More

The Theft of Innocence: Voluntourism and Child Sexual Abuse

by Samira Sawlani Trigger Warning: Article contains stories of rape and child sexual abuse On the 7th of March 2016, at an American district court in Oklahoma, twenty-year-old missionary Matthew Durham was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $15,863 in restitution after he was convicted of sexually abusing children at… Read More

Domestic Abuse: Not Caught on Camera

by Rubab Zaidi She woke up next to him every morning with a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach, dreading what the day would bring. He would wake up every morning making every effort to not even look in her direction. She’d watch him with his back towards her and wonder what she… Read More

The Police Service should be legally challenged for institutional sexism

by Huma Munshi Many women and feminist campaigners will not be surprised by the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that 26% of rape and other sexual offences are not being recorded. This is amongst the 800,000 cases which are reported to the police but are “no-crimed”. It keeps the statistics low and creates… Read More

Hair, Platforms and Politics

I write to speak my truth by Huma Munshi Who am I to demand, to desire, to dream? Who am I to think, to create, to break? Who am I to lie naked, to arch my back? Who am I to breathe, to live? Who am I? Who am I?[1] Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV… Read More

Richard Dawkins- One Man’s Atheist is Another Man’s Bigot

‘This Week in Islamophobia‘ by Yasin Bangee Trigger warning. This short piece will cover Richard Dawkins and his views on sexual assaults, rape and other violence perpetuated against the vulnerable. I hate talking about Richard Dawkins. But every week he comes out with new levels of bigotry that I feel need some counter balance. The… Read More

#fuckhonour and #fuckshame, when it silences young people reaching out

by Huma Munshi In the film Monsoon Wedding an adult survivor of sexual abuse comes face-to-face with the perpetrator at the wedding of her best friend. As a result of the close familial ties and the need to uphold community “honour”, she is forced to take part in cultural ceremonies despite disclosing the abuse. At… Read More