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Category: Guest blog

Survivors of sexual violence are being denied support: Tell Theresa May this must end now

By Fern Champion, EVAW Campaigner **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** In 2016 I was raped by a man while I was travelling. I was unconscious when he first assaulted me and when I was conscious, I said no repeatedly. He then told me again and again…
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Locating sexual harassment: fault lines, hotspots and ambiguous spaces

By Dr Jane Meyrick **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** Women reporting their experiences of #MeToo show us that sexual harassment does not happened in one place. The problem with focusing on one-off episodes or incidents is that we miss the bigger picture of continuous, normalised and cumulative sexual bullying…
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#MeToo is everywhere

By Dr Jane Meyrick **This piece contains references to content that some readers may find upsetting or triggering** We should aim for a society that allows young people to choose a life, not constrained by artificial gender stereotypes and free from gender driven policing – girls not defined in sexual currency, men free to nurture. #MeToo…
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Getting fit for 2019? You need to #JogOn

By Avon and Somerset Constabulary With it being a new year, many people will have made the resolution to get fit and shed the excesses of the festive period. Whether you’re new to running or cycling or have been doing it for years, Avon and Somerset Police’s new #JogOn campaign aims to give you some practical tips and…
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Relationship and sex education (RSE) in secondary schools: Why’s it all so complicated?

By Dr Helen Bovill, Associate Head of Department Research, Department of Education and Childhood, University of the West of England I recently delivered some lectures to PGCE Secondary Students in the Department of education and Childhood at UWE, regarding recent changes to sex education. I began these sessions by asking students to stand up if they had…
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All about Krav Maga

By Jess Hunter Krav Maga is an Israeli self-defence system that is rapidly becoming more popular throughout not just the UK but also in Europe, the USA, and worldwide. Its name literally translates into ‘contact combat’ and it has a reputation for being among the most brutal and efficient systems for self-defence around. When I…
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Requests for emergency contraception could be an important sign of abuse

Issued by the Public Relations Office, Communications & Marketing Services, University of Bristol Women who experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are more than twice as likely to seek emergency contraception as other women, according to a study by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded researchers at the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University…
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16 Days of Activism – ‘If we all work together it will make a difference’

By Medina Johnson, IRISi As we mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Gender-Based Violence it’s timely to reflect on the importance of the healthcare response to gender-based violence. IRISi’s vision is a world in which gender-based violence is consistently recognised and addressed as a health issue. “Violence against women is a global…
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New psychological intervention proves ‘life-changing’ for women experiencing domestic abuse

Training domestic violence and abuse (DVA) advocates to deliver psychological support to women experiencing DVA could significantly improve the health of those affected. In a randomised controlled trial led by researchers from the University of Bristol, women who received the intervention showed reduced symptoms of psychological distress, depression and post-traumatic stress compared to those who…
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Why do self-defence?

By Imogen Thomas, Professional Martial Artist and Self-Defence Trainer I’m going to start with a very simple figure. 86%. As far back as 1984 it was discovered that a woman had an 86% chance of avoiding rape if she applied two assertive techniques, and these could range for shouting and running, to kicking out and…
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