Trauma, secondary trauma and justice

According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic Read More

Guest post: I was sexually assaulted

Crime Muse is all about breaking down the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices that surround crime and justice. Rather than just cite research and how it translates into practice, Crime Muse hopes to also share the stories and reflections of people who have experienced crime and faced issues in accessing justice. It is these truths that will Read More

1 in ten French women have been raped.

Today it was reported that more than one in ten French women have been raped at least once. This is based on a study on sexual violence by Fondation Jean Jaures think tank published on Friday 23 February using data from an online poll of 2,167 women over 18, carried out by Ifop Polling Institute Read More

Radio interview: 2SER, Victims’ legal rights over offenders’ parole

This is a link to an interview I did last week on 1 February 2018 with the lovely Sam Baran. Read More

Nasty women everywhere: Only ‘nasty’ women experience ‘revenge porn’, right?

The truth is not ‘nasty women experience revenge porn’ but rather, ‘nasty men perpetrate revenge porn’. I found this post I wrote that was published on 9 January 2017 on #Nasty Women Everywhere    In early 2016, I gave evidence to a Parliamentary Committee on ‘revenge porn’. One politician said he understood that intimate photos Read More

Why victims of crime deserve a say in whether offenders are paroled

The recent release on parole of John Worboys, one of Britain’s most-prolific sex offenders, attracted controversy after his victims were not informed or consulted by the parole board. However, the law – and best practice – says they should have been. Under the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Read More

McLachlan? No relation.

I had an interesting chat yesterday with a tradie about ‘poor Craig McLachlan’ in light of current sexual harassment and assault allegations. Check out: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/hes-calculated-and-manipulative-a-predator-craig-mclachlan-accused-of-indecent-assault-20180107-h0enst for the details. The tradie’s view was that it’s all too easy to get on the allegation band-wagon and that police take this all far more seriously compared with ‘real Read More