Category: Rape

Coerced consent (or sexual coercion) is when you convince or persuade someone to engage in a sexual activity they are not comfortable with. This could be achieved by using alcohol or drugs to lower a partner’s ability to be assertive, but can also be through emotionally manipulating, pressuring or threatening a...

People often say I am one of the most resilient people they know, given what I have experienced and that my own abuse spans over a length of 18 years. It is a nice sentiment, but day after day I realise how it’s not actually a character trait, it is a demand of trauma. I have to be resilient. I have to be resilient in...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jokes about trigger warnings intend to mock the perceived ‘sensitivities’ of others: people have to be exaggerating, when they disclose triggers that only means they will feel slightly upset or frustrated or awkward if the subject arises, right? As a student living with...

Warning: this post contains reference and descriptions of suicide 13 Reasons Why – A Netflix original series that has brought bullying, rape and suicide into the limelight and got people talking. It hasn’t all been good talk; mental health professionals have uttered their concerns over the messages that the show may...

Abuse is a multifaceted issue, one which is never the same in any two situations, due to the complexity of human life. People stay in abusive relationships for many different reasons, many of which they cannot be held accountable for. Physical abuse rarely occurs without a certain degree of emotional abuse...

Reclaiming my sexuality and sensuality after years of incest from both my mother and father, alongside being trafficked in my teen years, has been quite the endeavour. However, contrary to uneducated belief, the only common factor between sexuality and trauma is the level of silencing they both endure. My abuse has...

A feature film that opens with the sound of a graphic rape is not one that Verbal Remedy would normally consider holding a discussion around, but director Paul Verhoeven has given us one too many unanswered questions. Elle is a film where women truly take centre stage. Not content with simply having a strong female...

85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped every year in England and Wales – around 11 per hour (and that’s only adults). If you’ve just moved to a new city for university and get sexually assaulted, you might not know the best places – or people – to turn to.   First things first: don’t blame yourself Whatever you were...

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg2K30U9Li8[/embedyt] A video featuring supporters from across the country is telling survivors of sexual assault “We Believe You” in response to convicted rapist Ched Evans’ recent signing to Chesterfield Football Club. Inspired by the national NUS campaign Stand By Me, this...

Stephen Fry’s use of the phrase “we’re all very sorry that your uncle touched you in that nasty place, you get some of my sympathy, but your self-pity gets none of my sympathy” is now old news. No one is longer interested. He has released a statement apologising (which in itself was pretty half-arsed, in my opinion)...