Sexual Violence Prevention

What the Torah says about sexual assault

By Sofia Heller Content Note: Sexual assault, sexual violence “Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault.” “Mario Batali Tells Fans: Sorry for the Sexual Assault, Here’s a Cinnamon Roll Recipe.” “More Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault.” “California Democratic Party official resigns after rape, misconduct allegations.” “Former Intern Accuses Wyoming’s Secretary of State of Sexual Assault.” “Houston firefighter arrested…

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The allegory behind Black Mirror’s “USS Callister”

By Stephanie Wang WARNING: the below includes major plot spoilers for season 4 episode 1 of Black Mirror, “USS Callister” Content note: Sexual violence, control At first glance, “USS Callister” seemingly features some odd Star Trek-adjacent fantasy of a genius programmer, Robert Daly. And at first, viewers tend to sympathise with him – he’s clearly shy…

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Why Snape’s character makes me unsurprised about JK Rowling’s defence of Johnny Depp

By Pip Williams Content note: Reference to domestic and sexual violence Like much of my generation, the Harry Potter books were an intrinsic part of my childhood. The later films mapped alongside my own teenage years, with the final installment coming out the summer I began sixth form. I watched it in the cinema in…

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We must never look the other way

By Kaylen Forsyth Content note: Sexual assault, violence against women and girls People often look out of the window to avoid the problems sat right in front of them. When there is something in need of addressing, we tend to plunge into an irrelevant stream of thought in order to dismiss the matters at hand.…

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13 reactions to 13 Reasons Why

By Christiana Paradis Content note: mental health, suicide, sexual violence I, like the rest of the world, just finished binge watching 13 Reasons Why, a new series on Netflix. I must preface that I was hesitant to watch this show. I had read the book two years prior and upon finishing felt woefully uncomfortable. I…

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Hey, hot things

A poem by Ananda Gervais Content Note: sexual assault, street harassment I am 13 and I’m walking to my friends house and you honk your horn and role down the window as you pass me, pursing your lips to send me kisses, I don’t understand so I look down and avoid eye contact. I ask myself…

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Abbatoir Floor

A poem by Kaylen Forsyth Content note: Violent and sexist language, gender based violence and harassment my name changes from BABY to HONEY, NEARLY DRUNK ENOUGH, DARLING to BITCH. i always thought i’d love the first boy to talk in poetry, but i craved metaphors of moonlight, not war-talk and violence: BANG, SCREW, NAIL, DESTROY.…

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Election Reaction: Trumping Trump

Content Note: Rape, sexual violence, racism It’s hard for us to have words for what’s happened in the US election. We’ve felt shocked, lost and broken, but we’re ready to fight. Here are some reactions to Trump’s win from the young women who write for us: Amy, UK – I was all set for election…

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