Activism and Community Engagement
Government Reports and Enquiries
Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse, February 2022
The report of the Independent Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse was published on February 2022, after sitting since 2015. Their conclusions are a damning indictment of...
We Learn From and We Support
We Learn From and We Support At SHaME, our research is enhanced by maintaining connections to the important work being done on sexual violence outside...
The Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse: Review of Evidence (June 2021)
"The Scale and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse: Review of Evidence" by Kairika Karsna and Liz Kelly of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse...
Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (July 2021)
The Government’s Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy follows the Government’s previous 2010, 2016 and 2019 Strategies which set out their approach to tackling...
End-to-End Rape Review Report on Findings and Actions (June 2021)
End-to-End Rape Review Report on Findings and Actions This report sets out the government’s action plan for improving the Criminal Justice System’s response to rape...
Military Sexual Trauma: Gender, Military Cultures, and the Medicalization of Abuse in Contemporary America
Sexual violence is a serious problem within armed services. This article explores intra-service rape in branches of the U.S. military from the 1990s to the...
SHaME Research Leaflets
SHaME is an active, interdisciplinary research group with a wealth of expertise in examining the complex relationship between medicine, psychiatry, and sexual violence. Our researchers...
Sadism: a history of non-consensual sexual cruelty
In this June 2020 article published in The International Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Joanna Bourke explores how nineteenth-century forensic psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing's understanding of...
Cruel Visions: Reflections on Artists and Atrocities
In this article from August 2020 published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Joanna Bourke explores the artistic challenges facing officially appointed...
'Animal instincts': the sexual abuse of women with learning difficulties, 1830s-1910s
In this article published in Women's History Review in 2020, Joanna Bourke traces the sexual abuse of girls and women with learning difficulties in Britain between...
SHaME Event Reports
SHaME is an active research group hosting a rich programme of conferences, workshops, reading groups and seminar series, as well as a range of public...
Joanna Bourke: Media Resources
SHaME project lead and Principal Investigator, Professor Joanna Bourke is a frequent contributor to academic and public podcasts, publications, tv and radio broadcasts, festivals and...