Lyla Smith-Abass is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at SurvivorsUK. She wrote this moving poem about George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota last week.
So a new controversy regarding child sexual abuse hits our headlines, once again taking us to places which are uncomfortable, destabilising and unsettling. In the face of these difficult feelings we are often drawn to take rigid positions and, as so often in such matters, we end up in split camps spitting venom in a […]
Women who support the #MeToo movement must take sexual assault accusations against Asia Argento just as seriously
The #MeToo movement has shed light on a damaging culture of sexual abuse within the entertainment industry, and allowed for a wider conversation about sexual abuse encountered day-to-day. Dozens of women spoke out about being abused by Harvey Weinstein, many of them emboldened by Asia Argento, who spearheaded the movement. So it was hard to […]
It’s impossible to have missed the comments made by 50 Cent in response to Terry Crews speaking up about his experience of sexual assault. The rapper mocked Crews stating that he didn’t “look like a victim”, and in turn reinforced the rape myth that ‘real men’ cannot be victims of rape. These remarks encapsulate many […]
There are some sobering statistics published by The Samaritans about the suicide rates in the UK: 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK and 451 in the Republic of Ireland. The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 40–44. Rates have increased in the UK by 3.8% Male rates remain consistently higher […]