October 27, 2019

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Alexander (left) with his mother, Sandie, (right) together in 2012.

I can’t imagine what it must be like for a parent hearing your child was raped.

I told my mum in an email. I wasn’t ready, but some not very nice people had found out things in my past that they could exploit and threatened to tell the world. Linked with these were the two times I was assaulted. I couldn’t let her find out that way. 

I felt like I had no choice but...

June 20, 2019

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**Trigger Warning: Descriptions of Rape**

According to a new Government strategy to support male victims of abuse, TV dramas with story lines centred around male rape have contributed to a 57% rise in men and boys aged over 13 reporting sexual assaults.

The report, a statement paper separate to the Ending Violence Against Women Strategy published by the Home Office,  specially addresses male victims and the impact of those coming...

October 10, 2018

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No one would judge me if I wanted to scream at them with every insult - but I don't think that's what I'd want to do.

I was in an air-conditioned, windowless meeting room within the bowels BBC’s Broadcasting House. I was sitting across a table with a producer who wanted to help me tell my story in a documentary he was planning. I walked him through what happened, the attacks, life afterwards and how I came about to founding a cha...

April 8, 2018

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The Dutch company LegalThings announced their intent to release a Consent App last October which, in theory, could allow those wishing to get down create a legal contract of what they are and are not willing to do.

The LegalFling app, which looks like it fell out of Black Mirror, sends a notification request for sex to your “participant” and, if accepted, shares what you're into and what you consent to and creates a Live Contract...

September 14, 2017

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If you’ve ever sent a nude or a saucy text; you’re not alone.

We’ve all done it – walked past the mirror after a shower, thought we looked mildly attractive, lighting is good, and we crack out our phones and snap a shot. In those fleeting moments of confidence we send it to a potential someone as a modern attempt of flirting and that is all dandy.

But, what prevents those people sharing those personal images with others? What refr...

April 6, 2017

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At the end of March, the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) released its strategic overview of the forensic medical services of victims of sexual crime and it could not be more eye opening.

According to the report, “Scotland is well behind the rest of the United Kingdom in respect of availability of dedicated healthcare facilities which meet both the health needs of victims and the necessary forensic requirements” a...

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