VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC
‘LOGICALLY, I KNOW I’M NOT TO BLAME, BUT I STILL FEEL TO BLAME’ FINDINGS FROM NEW RESEARCH WITH WOMEN SUBJECTED TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Jessica will discuss some key findings from her new body of work and upcoming book ‘Why we blame women for everything’ (due 2019). The talk will discuss the evidence of every level of society encouraging and supporting the victim blaming of women and girls and what her own studies have shown to matter to women who were blamed for being raped and abused.
About Jessica: Jessica Eaton is the founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. VictimFocus is her independent business providing research, consultancy, writing and speaking in forensic psychology, feminism and mental health. The VictimFocus Blog has over 30,000 readers per month and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming and sexual violence. The Eaton Foundation is a registered charity providing free, holistic mental health and wellbeing support to men over 18 years old and Jessica set up the first male mental health centre in the UK in 2015. She is also the co-author of new book ‘The Little Orange Book: Learning about abuse from the voice of the child’ with Claire Paterson-Young.
In 2018, Jessica developed and launched the VictimFocus Charter to encourage all professionals to challenge and reduce victim blaming in their practice. She also founded her third and fourth social enterprises: VictimFocus Academy and VictimFocus Resources. VictimFocus Resources went live in April 2018 and VictimFocus Academy will launch in a tour of free conferences in June 2019.
Jessica is finishing a PhD in Psychology in which she specialised in the psychology of victim blaming and self-blame of women who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse. Within the PhD, she developed a new psychometric measure of blaming women called the BOWSVA Scale. The BOWSVA scale was designed by Jessica to be able to measure the way the general public and professionals apportion blame to women and girls who have been subjected to sexual violence. She also conducted interviews with women who had been blamed for rapes and sexual assaults before conducting further interviews with professionals working in rape and sexual violence services about how they try to deconstruct victim blaming narratives in their line of work.