Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”


BBC Panorama highlighted the contrast they found when researching the World Cup preparations in Brazil in this documentary two nights ago. It’s really tough watching, but it’s important. I saw the same contrast when in Rio last year: excitement and promise, financial investment, change and progress…right next to poverty, despair, exploitation, addiction and hopelessness. We stayedContinue reading ““Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL”

Paedophile receives suspended sentence as 13 year old victim is blamed for being ‘predatory’

Update 07.08.2013: Robert Colover has been bannedfrom sex abuse cases. A paedophile walked free on Monday after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Neil Wilson, 41, lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where she performed a sex act on him. The victim told a friend who alertedContinue reading “Paedophile receives suspended sentence as 13 year old victim is blamed for being ‘predatory’”

A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.

Dear granddaughter, I’m writing to you on the 6th of August 2013. I imagine you to be so far past Twitter that it seems to you as cassette tapes seem to me. (Google it.) When we were little, your great-aunt Kiki and I used to fly from Geneva back to Northern Ireland with your great-grandparentsContinue reading “A letter to my granddaughter about Twitter and trolls and the fight she will fight.”

Everyday Sexism

“We’re shouting back and people are listening.” We all have these stories. Each deserves to be told and heard. Everyday Sexism have just released this video, explaining the campaign and its importance. The video comes after a very significant success last week which saw Facebook amend their policy on hate speech against women and theContinue reading “Everyday Sexism”

Knocking Holes in the Darkness

On April 4th, 1968, the Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. He was standing with Jesse Jackson, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr, who had invited his three friends to dinner that evening. The events that unfolded on that balcony are known to us all. LianeContinue reading “Knocking Holes in the Darkness”

Hey, FHM: Let Me Tell You What’s Never Acceptable.

FHM have today come under fire due to this part of their What Not To Wear feature: “It’s never acceptable to wear your victim’s socks.” In one swift sentence, FHM manages to normalise rape and sexual violence, the implied acts to which someone linked to the reader would have become a victim. And just likeContinue reading “Hey, FHM: Let Me Tell You What’s Never Acceptable.”

On the glamorisation of prostitution.

“…the vast majority of women involved are experiencing some form of coercion. {…} “Prostitution is, for the vast majority, a survival tactic. It is not something they would be doing if they felt they had any other choices. {…} “There is a risk in glamorising something that really involves a lot of organised criminality. WomenContinue reading “On the glamorisation of prostitution.”

An Ex-Hooker’s Letter to Her Younger Self…

“But when the Johns say “baby you were born for this” that doesn’t mean its true. {…} Being a hooker can seem to mean you’ve lost everything you hoped to be, but that’s not true.  You’ve splintered into a million pieces, but you’re still you. You’re alive. It’s in the spaces between those pieces where youContinue reading “An Ex-Hooker’s Letter to Her Younger Self…”

Prostitution: the Other Side of the Coin

I have, in writing about issues regarding prostitution and the purchase of sex, expressed concern solely about the prostitutes, or victims of abuse. In conversation with a friend today, we sought out a theme that might both cause someone to buy sex in terms of their treatment of the person they buy from but alsoContinue reading “Prostitution: the Other Side of the Coin”