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Members of SHaME and invited guests reflect on current events, their research, recent conferences, ethical dilemmas, and other items of interest.

'Sexual Violence Against Children in Britain Since 1965: Trailing Abuse' Book Launch

Publications
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Professor Joanna Bourke reviews Dr Nick Basannavar's forthcoming book, 'Sexual Violence Against Children in Britain Since 1965: Trailing Abuse' ahead of the December 14th launch event.

Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters

General
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Professor Joanna Bourke is the Principal Investigator for Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters, a five-year Wellcome Trust-funded interdisciplinary research group based at Birkbeck, University of London. In this inaugural post, Joanna discusses what motivated her return to studying sexual violence.

Shameless! Festival Schedule

Shameless! Festival
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The SHaME and WOW teams are thrilled to share the schedule for the first ever Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence on November 27th at Battersea Arts Centre. The festival schedule features artists, activists, and scholars covering issues including the normalisation of sexual violence, rape myths, consent, everyday triggers, and survival.

'What's Missing From The Conversation?' on Trust: A podcast with researchers Emma Yapp and Aviah Day

Public Engagement
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SHaME researcher Emma Yapp will be joined by researcher and activist Dr Aviah Day on the 'What’s Missing from the Conversation?’ podcast to discuss trust. The podcast will air on Voices Radio on 17th November 2021 from 1-2pm.

Safeguarding the Shameless! Festival: Lessons from a Transformative Process

Shameless! Festival
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SHaME team member Allison McKibban gives a behind-the-scenes look at her own experience in one aspect of planning the Shameless! Festival. She explains how safeguarding training not only helped her prepare for the festival, but also transformed her ways of thinking around survivorship and the intricacies of creating safer spaces.

An official invitation to Shameless! from SHaME's Joanna Bourke

Shameless! Festival
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Professor Joanna Bourke offers a warm invitation to the Shameless! Festival on November 27th. The event will bring together artists, activists, and scholars in a powerful and uplifting day of programming to confront the global crisis of sexual violence.

SHaME’s Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of the Shameless! Festival

Shameless! Festival
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Professor Joanna Bourke interviews academic and activist Dr Maryyum Mehmood ahead of her appearance at the Shameless! Festival. They discuss Dr Mehmood's campaigns to empower women that combine the forces of academia and grassroots activism.

Shameless! Festival Further Line-Up Announced

Shameless! Festival
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The SHaME and WOW teams excitedly announce more speakers and event details for the Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence on November 27th. In collaboration with artists, activists, and scholars, the event will address issues including the normalisation of sexual violence, rape myths, consent, everyday triggers, and survival.

Shameless! Festival Launch Reception

Shameless! Festival
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The SHaME Project team and WOW celebrated the launch of the Shameless! Festival with a reception featuring HRH the Duchess of Cornwall. During her address, the Duchess conveyed the importance of changing the culture of shame surrounding survivors of sexual violence. The festival will take place on November 27th at the Battersea Arts Centre.

Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence: Announcing some speakers and the location!

Shameless! Festival
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We are thrilled to announce that plans for this one-day event bringing together activism and art to confront and change attitudes towards sexual violence are...

What is triggering really? Possible parallels between eating disorders and child sexual abuse

Commentary
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By Emily T. Troscianko, University of Oxford   “Triggering” is a term that gets bandied about a lot these days. What is triggering really?  ...

Date announced for Shameless! Festival

Shameless! Festival
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Save the date! We are excited to announce the first ever Shameless! Festival will take place on 27 November, alongside a series of digital events...

Job Ad: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research
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SHaME are recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow to join our interdisciplinary team from October 2021 or January 2022.

Military #MeToo:"From Dismay to Anger" by Joanna Bourke

Military #MeToo
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Military #MeToo: From Dismay to Anger   Joanna Bourke reflects on the devastating conclusions of a report by the Defense Committee (25 July 2021) entitled...

Military #MeToo: "Something Needed to be Done" by Diane Allen

Military #MeToo
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‘Something Needed to be Done’.   Diane Allen, OBE, retired Lieutenant-Colonel and author, discusses the potential implications of the  recently released House of Commons Defence...

Military #MeToo: "Are Women in the Military Being Listened To?" by Julie Wheelwright

Military #MeToo
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Are Women in the Military Being Listened to? An exploration of crucial reforms currently being considered in British, Canadian and US armed forces   Julie...

Military #MeToo

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Watch this space! The British military is having its own #MeToo moment. Increasingly, servicewomen and men have been coming forward to speak about sexual harassment...

SHaME @ Bloomsbury Festival 2020 Recap

Public Engagement
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SHaME researchers contributed two events to Bloomsbury Festival 2020, which took place 16-25 October 2020.
Beam of light against cement wall. Photo by Callum Wale on Unsplash

Spotlight On: Jon Bird

Spotlight On
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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Ruth Beecher interviews Jon Bird from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.