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4 Things You Can Do to Help End Stigma and Discrimination Against Sex Workers

It’s a sad fact that women who sex work are at a high risk of experiencing violence. In their 2019/2020 impact report National Ugly Mugs stated that they received 991 reports, 41% of these were reports of violence including rape and 23% were stalking and harassment[1]. These statistics give an insight into the high levels … Continue reading 4 Things You Can Do to Help End Stigma and Discrimination Against Sex Workers »

Leeds Women’s Homelessness and Housing Frontline Network: Meeting #1

On 15th November the first Leeds Women’s Homelessness and Housing Frontline Network Meeting took place. After months of preparation it was so great to see so many frontline workers from across such a wide range of services taking time out their busy schedules to join us. The meeting was facilitated by Cat Tottie (Influencing Change … Continue reading Leeds Women’s Homelessness and Housing Frontline Network: Meeting #1 »

Are we being complacent about Child Sexual Exploitation/Abuse

Fifteen years ago, most people didn’t realise the extent of child sexual abuse and exploitation, didn’t understand it could happen to anyone or anywhere and weren’t able to recognise the signs. Specialist support through charities or local authorities or the police was largely non-existent. There wasn’t even a specific crime that referred to grooming – although rape and sexual assault were definitely crimes however convictions were still very low. Consent was misunderstood by the victims and those supporting the victims and those in authority. Prejudices about what a victim “should” look or sound like during police statements or in court were also common.