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 wearing,...

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 video aims to send a message to the woman Ched Evans raped: she is...

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)...

When bundle of fun Roosh V cancelled his international meetups earlier this month, we all breathed – quite rightfully – a big sigh of relief. No one likes the idea of their city’s most cretinous inhabitants meeting underneath a central monument to discuss how rape should be legal or, at it’s least frightening (but still...

Usually when I scroll down my newsfeed, I’m maddened by something David Cameron has said, or something Ian Duncan Smith has said. Today was no different, I suppose. But then something else kept appearing, something ultimately darker. “I’m not a fan of Kesha’s music, but…” “Normally I don’t care about Kesha’s...

Everyone has an opinion on abortion. That’s a fact I came to face when an average sleepy Friday morning in IB Biology devolved into a shouting match that split our small class into two factions. My IB teacher introduced the topic and, as the IB encourages ethical debate, watched with interest as a bunch of teenagers...