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SPOTLIGHT: Lifting the lid on Project Acumen’ | An Anthology of English Pros

Posted: August 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on SPOTLIGHT: Lifting the lid on Project Acumen’ | An Anthology of English Pros

Recently, project Acumen, by Association of Chief Police Officers in the UK, put together a report called "Setting the Record," which sought to discover how many sex workers, and particularly migrant sex workers, in the UK were "vulnerable" or "trafficked." Naturally, there were immediately headlines all over the Internet saying things like "1 in 10 Sex Workers Trafficked," with the number of trafficked workers being reported as anything from 2,600 to 12,000. Because, of course, most media sources want to get something published more than they want to read through appendices. Stephen Patterson of An Anthology of English Pros, however, did read through the whole thing. What he has to say about it not very surprising to us at Kink On Tap, but I bet it would surprise the heck out of a lot of the people reading the mainstream coverage of the report.

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Last Night’s TV – The Sex Education Show: Am I Normal? Channel 4; Imagine, BBC1 – Reviews, TV & Radio – The Independant

Posted: July 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Did you know that the BBC has a television show entitled "The Sex Education Show: Am I Normal?" Did you know that this show is now in it's fourth season? If you answered no to both these questions, you may be American. And stunned! Although some, like the writer of this article, aren't entirely sure that this show doesn't push it's everything-is-normal, i'm-ok-and-you're-ok message a little too far, it's still impressive that the show managed to get on air at all, let alone for four seasons! They show nude pictures to high school students! Well done, UK TV. Now to look into getting BBC America….

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BBC News – Cameron backs ‘limited’ anonymity for rape accused

Posted: June 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on BBC News – Cameron backs ‘limited’ anonymity for rape accused

Rape defendants in the UK may enjoy the protection of anonymity "to cover the period between arrest and charges" in addition to the duration of a trial until conviction, as Prime Minister David Cameron "appears to have given some ground on proposals to grant anonymity to those accused of rape." According to BBC reports, Labour party leader Harriet Harman disagreed with the proposal, saying "It sends a devastating message to rape victims that uniquely of all victims they are not to be believed."

According to official figures, "only 6% of all reports of rape to the police lead to a conviction," yet Mr. Cameron "describ[ed] the current conviction rate as a 'scandal'" and "told MPs that all parties wanted to increase the number of successful rape prosecutions and to send more rapists to jail." Rapists are often most successfully prosecuted only after "previous victims find the courage to come forward," Ms. Harman says. Activists say the policy helps protect rapists, not their victims.

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