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Magaluf video: Rape Crisis voices concerns over potential exploitation

4 Jul 2014

Responding to the publication today (4th July 2014) in several newspapers of stories about a video which is being widely shared online portraying the recent possible sexual exploitation of a young British woman in a Spanish bar, women’s groups responded as follows:

Rape Crisis Spokeswoman Katie Russell said:

“The exact circumstances are unclear but we are very concerned about girls and young women being coerced or exploited in situations where they are potentially vulnerable for example through alcohol consumption. 

“There are obvious issues of consent here; it is not clear whether this video was made with the young woman’s consent and it is not clear whether those who have posted and shared the video widely did so with her consent.

“This incident and the way it has been reported here in the UK also raise wider, very serious questions about how we judge and shame women and girls who are sexually exploited, whilst not only failing to question but even sometimes celebrating the behaviour of those men who exploit and coerce.”

End Violence Against Women Director Holly Dustin said:

“This incident and the wide online sharing of the video points to enormous questions of lack of consent and abuse. Just this week Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has discussed possible new law to tackle ‘revenge porn’. The Government needs to urgently consider whether any new law would cover this problem.

“Club promoters like Carnage Magaluf need to ensure they are not promoting exploitation, coercion or abuse.

“The Sun says it is ‘protecting her identity’ as it all but identifies her, splashes her across its front page and a double-page spread, while feigning outrage. Such newspaper reporting contributes to a culture which condones the abuse of women.

“As a society we urgently need to address attitudes and behaviour by some men and boys which are abusive, exploitative or non-consensual. Making sex and relationships education which deals with consent, respect and equality compulsory is urgent, as are wider public campaigns and ensuring there is always specialist support services available to survivors of abuse, whether online or offline.”