Blogging for We Believe You
The We Believe You campaign was launched in March 2012 to shine a spotlight on the prevalance of rape and sexual assault in women's lives.
Recently, the Julian Assange case has brought the issue onto the public stage once again.
Following remarks by George Galloway MP, Mumsnetters Mme Lindor and StewieGriffinsMom posted to refute his assertion that there can ever be 'degrees of rape', while Cath Elliott wonders what's happened to feminism's male allies in the Assange case.
George Galloway, Assange and 'Legitimate Rape by Mme Lindor
Assange: White Male Privilege and Their Silencing Techniques by StewieGriffinsMom
Assange and Feminism's So-Called Male Allies by Cath Elliot
We Believe You - How Mumsnet Bloggers spread the word
Mumsnetters blogged about We Believe You. Some told their own stories, while others busted rape myths. They linked up their stories on Mme Lindor's bloghop.
Bloggers tweeted about the campaign using the hashtag #WeBelieveYou. MN blogger the London Feminist invented the hashtag #Ididnotreport, where women tweeted about instances of sexual assault that they'd experienced but not reported. These hashtags helped the campaign build up steam.
Our guest bloggers busted a different rape myth each day:
The journalists Bidisha, Cath Elliott, blogger Mme Lindor and Lib Dem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick wrote guest blogs to support the campaign. They raised awareness of sexual violence and rebutted rape myths.
Busting rape myths on blogs
Mumsnetters and guest bloggers debunked rape myths on their blogs. Read their inspiring posts on Mme Lindor's bloghop or find out which myths they busted:
MYTH: It's not rape if a woman has consented to some sexual intimacy, or has previously had sex with many partners
BUSTED! by Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick
MYTH: Rape can't take place in an ongoing relationship
MYTH: Women provoke rape by their appearance or their behaviour
MYTH: Women are most likely to be raped by a stranger, outside, in dark alleyways
MYTH: If a woman didn't struggle, wasn't injured, or didn't report immediately - she wasn't raped
BUSTED! by our blogger and journalist Bidisha
MYTH: Some rapes are serious rapes
Mumsnet bloggers Dillytante got crafty to support the campaign, knitting 'WeBelieveYou' banners.