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The Raith Rovers Rapist

For those who love the sport, football is an escape from reality; a chance to put real life on hold and get lost in the game. My dad went with his dad to local matches during his childhood, and me and my siblings now do the same with him. It quickly became a family tradition. […]

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Breaking the silence

CW: sexual assault I still remember the first time my mother told me not to smile too much when taking a walk. Keep your head down, she used to tell me. You don’t want to attract negative attention. A mother of two daughters in a city known for its violence, she was afraid for us. […]

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Scarlet letter be damned: it is time to end victim blaming

CW: Domestic violence, sexual violence With the events of this summer and George Floyd’s death still weighing heavily on our minds as we continue to demand change, an inkling of hope is in the air. As a community, we have been striving to be more inclusive, to understand and support one another. Recent events in […]

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In Poland, the Handmaid’s Tale is now a reality

Imagine a world in which women cannot decide about their bodies, health, and future. Welcome to 21st century Poland. On the 22nd of October 2020 Poland’s government-controlled constitutional court has officially removed severe or fatal fetus impairment from the list of permitted grounds for abortion. From now on, abortion is only legal if the pregnancy […]

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Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape

Following a two-week trial, Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape and criminal sexual assault. He could face up to 25 years in prison and will be placed on the sex offender registry. In his landmark Manhattan trial, Weinstein was found guilty of two charges, and acquitted of the three more serious offences of […]

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Rape prosecution: why radical change is an imminent necessity

In the last five years rapes reported to police have risen by 65%; a startling result of the lessening stigma of being a survivor, and the rise of the #MeToo movement allowing people, especially women, to speak more freely about their experiences. However our legal system, and legal systems globally, have failed to keep up. […]

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Turkey’s ‘marry-your-rapist’ bill

The Turkish Parliament recently debated a new bill on January 16th that has been dubbed the “marry your rapist” bill, where men who have been convicted of statutory rape will be pardoned and granted amnesty; as long as they marry their victims. Although the legal age of consent in Turkey stands to be 18, historically […]

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Personal Experience: The bravery of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez inspires hope and a deep sadness to silent victims of sexual assault

Content warning: sexual harassment and assault. In the past few weeks two women have come forward to accuse American Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of historic sexual assault. These accusations have subsequently received intense scrutiny throughout America and the world. One alleged victim, Professor Christine Blasey Ford, was called to testify at Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary […]