Current Affairs

World AIDS Day - Sexual violence and AIDS: ‘early’ responses from forensic medicine

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On World AIDS Day (December 1st), Dr George Severs reflects on some of the early HIV responses of forensic medics working with rape survivors.

Laia Abril and A History of Misogyny

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Curator Fiona Rogers discusses the work of artist Laia Abril in the context of how gendered violence and rape appear in the canon and spaces of art history. An exhibition of Abril's work is on display at the Copeland Gallery from 10-27th November 2022.

Fragmented and Frustrating: Rethinking Post-rape HIV Policies

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Amongst the many risks and uncertainties brought on by an act of sexual violence is the threat of sexually transmitted infection. What are the barriers to such post-rape health care and advice? In this blog, SHaME Postdoctoral Fellow Dr George Severs reflects on a policy roundtable which considered these questions in relation to HIV.

Pre-trial therapy: Re-digging the dirt

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As Lexie Bean wrote in 2018, ‘nothing is heavier than silence’. The stories we tell about experiences of sexual violence in therapeutic spaces are complex, dynamic, evolving. They are spoken in a different language to that compelled by the law, which exercises a register of fact-finding chronology and rationality. They are fundamentally incompatible, and whether we resolve that by new legislation restricting access to therapeutic notes, or through abandoning investment in carceral solutions altogether, is up to us.

On Roe v. Wade and the Misuses of History

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SHaME Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Rhian Keyse discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court leaked draft opinion, its ahistorical logic, and its implications for abortion rights in the U.S.

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: A Lost Opportunity

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: A Lost Opportunity By Ruth Beecher and Joanna Bourke   The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), whose...

bell hooks: Reflections

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SHaME reflects on the death of bell hooks. We think about hooks’ legacy and influence on our own work.

'Words from an "Unideal" Victim' by Mary Morgan

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'Words from an "Unideal" Victim' by Mary Morgan   Are you an ideal victim?   In allegations of sexual assault, there exists an “ideal victim.”...

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...

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

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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...
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Domestic Violence, Firearms, and Covid-19

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Prof Joanna Bourke, SHaME's Principal Investigator, highlights how a rise in domestic firearms sales in the US is exposing girls, women and other minoritised groups to increased domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domestic Violence during the 1918-1920 Pandemic

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In this post, Prof Joanna Bourke, SHaME's project lead, explores the history of domestic violence and pandemics by looking at the case of the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu.
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The Explosion of Domestic Violence during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Prof Joanna Bourke, SHaME's Principal Investigator, discusses the increasing global incidence of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Propranolol and the Politics of Forgetting Rape

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SHaME Principal Investigator, Prof Joanna Bourke, debates the legal and moral implications of prescribing propranolol to victims of sexual violence.
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Domestic Violence

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In this post, Prof Joanna Bourke, discusses the pervasiveness of domestic violence, and argues that we need to confront stigmatisation and shaming, and find new ways to empower vulnerable women.