The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

By Jessica Sutton. After 18 months of hard work, the UK Domestic Abuse Bill will prohibit defendants from claiming that a victim was killed when “rough sex went wrong”. The Bill says that arguing the victim “consented to the infliction of serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification” shall be no defence to … Continue reading The UK Bans the Rough Sex Defence: Why Don’t We?

“What If He Kills Me?” How Society Failed Hannah Clarke

By Jessica Sutton. This article is dedicated to Hannah Clarke, and her children Aaliyah, Laianah, and Trey, killed by a man on 19th February 2020. Content warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. "What happens to my babies if he kills me?" These were the words of Australian woman Hannah Clarke, … Continue reading “What If He Kills Me?” How Society Failed Hannah Clarke

We Are Here: Remembering New Zealand’s Femicide Victims

As part of She’s Right’s participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article will be dedicated to a New Zealand woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. This article is dedicated to Blessie Gotingco, killed on 24 May 2014, at the age of 56.By Jessica Sutton. Femicide: … Continue reading We Are Here: Remembering New Zealand’s Femicide Victims

To the World: Tourism and Violence in New Zealand

As part of She’s Right’s participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article will be dedicated to a New Zealand woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. This article is dedicated to Jennifer Hargreaves, killed by a man on 3 December 2001, at the age of 17. … Continue reading To the World: Tourism and Violence in New Zealand

Grace Millane Murder Trial Week Three: Justice for Grace

By Jessica Sutton. We have a verdict. Grace Millane was murdered, beyond reasonable doubt, in the eyes of the jury, the Court, and New Zealand. But this resolution is not the end of the matter. Not only has the world lost another woman to the growing epidemic of male violence, but her murderer's trial has … Continue reading Grace Millane Murder Trial Week Three: Justice for Grace

Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week Two

By Jessica Sutton. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. Week two of the Grace Millane murder trial wrapped up surprisingly early, with the Crown concluding its case against the accused on Thursday. A final statement of facts was read, preceded by four days of testimony from a variety of … Continue reading Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week Two

Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week One

By Jessica Sutton. This series 'Women and the Law' will look into the way women are treated in the criminal justice system, beginning with analysing weekly the high-profile trial of the alleged murderer of Grace Millane. Content Warning: This article contains graphic details which readers may find disturbing. It has been almost a year since … Continue reading Grace Millane Murder Trial: Week One