Sexual misconduct at Universities soars across the country
C4 News, 18.07.2019
As a junior research fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge, Charlotte was invited to speak on C4 news about the investigation procedures for sexual misconduct complaints at Cambridge.
Some 165 allegations of rape or sexual assault have been reported by Cambridge students in the last three years. C4 news spoke to several women who say they were attacked and feel badly let down by the university.
Barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman has been working with female undergraduates who say they have been sexually assaulted on campus, and says: “I have seen many cases not only at university level but across colleges. And colleges have failed to investigate, the University have turned women away when they’ve gone along with either informal or formal complaints. And adding on a further layer to that often the consequence is that these complaints are swept under the carpet and therefore women are not protected. So these victims are not given the support they so desperately require.”
Shockingly, the risk to women at Cambridge is repeated up and down the country. Our research suggests there’s an epidemic of sexual violence.
Why alleged perpetrators of sexual offences should not be anonymous
Charlotte outlines the key arguments for naming of alleged perpetrators of sexual offences.
Compensation awarded to victims of child sex abuse
Charlotte speaks about the paltry compensation awarded to victims of child sexual abuse, sometimes as little as £20. Charlotte calls upon the Government to ensure perpetrators are compelled to pay compensation to victims.
Scrutinising secret family court rulings ordering unsupervised contact between an abusive parent and their child
Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2, 25.05.2019
As a barrister in family law, Charlotte explains that courts often order unsupervised contact between abusive parents, often fathers and their child, this can leave mother’s and children at risk of further harm. The courts are known to prioritise contact at all costs. Watch here.
‘In only a handful of cases there has been an order for no contact’ @DrProudman
She describes how she handles cases involving domestic violence in court.
— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) May 15, 2019
Sally Challen wins her appeal: Coercive control
Charlotte draws on her own experience of representing women survivors of coercive control in family law cases. She argues that the crime is not given enough weight by authorities and the courts.
Driving FGM underground: The implications of cutting girls younger
Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2, 04.02.2019
FGM is increasingly being performed on babies and infants in the UK, we have been told. FGM expert and barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman said it was “almost impossible to detect” as the girls were not in school or old enough to report it. In one case, in Yorkshire, a victim was just one month old. Anna Collinson reports, in the days following a landmark first conviction for FGM in the UK. Watch here.
The first conviction for FGM: A victory for women and girls
Radio 4, World Service, 01.02.2019
Charlotte was invited on Radio 4 to discuss the impact of the first conviction for FGM in England.
The lessons learnt from cases of FGM
PM, Radio 4, 01.02.2019
Charlotte was invited on Radio 4 to discuss the consequences of the first conviction for FGM in England.
Are those that use abusive language towards politicians guilty of public order offences?
Anna Soubry MP criticised the police for not intervening after she was verbally abused outside Parliament during an interview about Brexit. Charlotte discussed whether such abuse amounts to a public order offence.
Celebrating a 100 years of women in law
Charlotte outlines the fundamental changes that have evolved in the last 100 years for women in the law, as well as reflecting upon how much more work is required to reach the milestone of gender equality.
Child contact with parents in cases of neglect
In the wake of learning that Baby P’s mother might be permitted contact with her other children whilst in prison, Nick Ferrari asks Charlotte Proudman about the family court’s approach in such cases.
The Hearing – A Legal Podcast
Thomson Reuters Legal, 10.2018
Online sexual harassment
Victoria Derbyshire, 05.10.2018
Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by the BBC to discuss sexual harassment on professional networking website, Linkedin following a member of the website sharing examples of messages from men of a sexual nature rather than related to her professional skills.
The failings of the legalisation of prostitution
Following the publicised failings of the quasi-legalisation of prostitution in Leeds, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited to discuss why the legalisation of prostitution reinforces violence against women and girls, increases the risk of rape and violence and leads to greater numbers of human trafficking. As an advocate for women, Charlotte argued for the introduction of the Nordic Model, as it is often known, which de-criminalises prostituted women, criminalises those paying to sexually exploit women and the state would have a duty to provide exit strategies for prostituted women. Research shows prostitution decreased in Sweden, which was the first country to introduce the Nordic Model.
Take Back ConTROLL spoof charity song
For more information about the campaign click here.
Dr Charlotte Proudman participated in a spoof charity campaign song designed to raise awareness of online trolling. Charlotte took part alongside three other courageous women who experienced online trolling as well as Charlotte Church, Miranda Hart and Andy Serkis.
Take Back ConTROLL
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 10.00am, 30.04.2018
Take Back ConTROLL
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 10.00am, 23.04.2018
Woman’s Hour has brought together four women who’ve been abused online and is following their journey to take back conTROLL. Today we hear Charlotte’s story. She’s a barrister and 29 years old. In 2015 she found herself at the centre of a sexism row.
Business Daily, Good Looks and Getting Ahead
BBC World Service, 8.32am, 20.04.2018
How much does your physical attractiveness affect your career prospects? And can the attention it draws be something of a mixed blessing?
Vishala Sri-Pathma hears from British barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman about her personal experiences in what is a very male dominated profession. But while good looks may help you land a job, does it make it harder to get on with your colleagues? Vishala speaks to Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at Manchester University, body language expert Judi James, and headhunter John Purcell.
Should parents that sympathise with terrorism have their children removed from their care?
LBC, 7.20am, 14.03.2018
Yesterday the Justice Secretary called for family courts to remove children from radical extremist parents and place children in state care. Nick Ferrari of LBC radio asked Dr Charlotte Proudman how family courts can ensure children are safe from indoctrination within family homes. As a family law barrister Charlotte explained the legal test required for children to be removed from their families; the need to ensure a link between parents’ extreme attitudes and the impact of holding such views upon children; and the necessity of working towards changing parents’ mindsets rather than removal, which should always be a last resort.
Is “Time Up” on sexual harassment in the workplace?
Sky News, 16.40, 22.01.2018
Following the recent Golden Globes and SAG awards ceremony, Sky News asks whether women’s empowerment in Hollywood will impact upon other women’s lives in society who are not in the same privileged position.
What impact has the #MeToo movement had in the workplace?
Sky News, 16.45, 10.01.2018
In the wake of a highly publicised letter signed by 100 French women including Catherine Deneuve denouncing the MeToo movement, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by Sky News to debate the issue alongside a columnist at Spiked.
Has the #MeToo movement changed cultural attitudes towards sexual harassment in the workplace?
Sky News, 9.35am, 20.12.2017
Dr Charlotte Proudman was interviewed by Sky News about sexual harassment in the workplace. During the interview, Charlotte discussed the need for women and men to collectively challenge sexl abuse. Charlotte argued that the onus should be placed on men in the workplace who are ordinarily in greater positions of power than women and thus able to hold a colleague accountable for their actions. Women often fear speaking out as they could face repercussions such as losing their job or further discrimination. While the recent unfolding of sexual harassment cases against high profile men has been a watershed moment for the women’s movement, there is growing concern that this might lead to a broader backlash against gender equality by those who feel threatened by a shifting status quo.
Challenging sexual harassment in the workplace
Sky News, 17.30, 04.11.2017
Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by Sky News to speak about the growing sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, the media and more recently politics. She argued for change by establishing an independent body in workplaces to investigate allegations of abuse.
Women pay a high price for speaking out against sexual harassment in the workplace
LBC, 10.15am, 04.11.2017
Following allegations of sexual harassment in Parliament, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited to speak to Matt Frei on LBC radio. Charlotte challenged Edwina Currie’s claims that women today are ‘snowflakes’ and that many allegations are untrue leaving men’s careers in tatters. Charlotte argued that false rape reporting is between 2-3% and women pay a high price for speaking out, as their credibility is undermined. She argued that the following changes are required: redistribution of power from men to women in male dominated workplaces, establish an independent body dealing specifically with sexual abuse claims in the workplace and remove the three-month time limit for presenting employment claims.
Should there be a Statute of Limitation for sex abuse cases?
GMB ITV, 8.10am, 31.10.2017
In the wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations involving Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, Good Morning Britain spoke to a criminal lawyer who said victims should have just three years to report sexual offences. However, Dr Charlotte Proudman disagreed and said an abuse claim time limit would discourage women from coming forward and reporting instances of sexual abuse, 8.10am, 31 October 2017.
How prevalent is sexual harassment in the workplace?
Radio 4 today programme, 8.30am, 30.10.2017
Allegations of sexual harassment are now growing in politics. How prevalent are problems of sexual harassment at work and how can we stop it from happening? Anne Robinson is a broadcaster and journalist, Charlotte Proudman is a barrister and women’s rights activist and Vicky Featherstone is artistic director of the Royal Court. To listen click here.
Challenging the prevalence of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace
BBC World News, 14.10.2017
In the context of the mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood, Charlotte spoke on BBC World News live presented by Samantha Simmonds alongside contributor Dr Emma Chapman, astrophysicist about the prevalence of gender discrimination in the workplace, the causes of sexual harassment at work and changing cultural attitudes towards such behaviour.
Are women’s stories about sexual harassment a watershed moment for gender equality?
BBC world tonight programme, 13.10.2017, BBC Radio 4
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Charlotte was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4 the world tonight programme presented by Razia Iqbal alongside contributors Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and Emma Chapman, astrophysicist about sexual harassment beyond Hollywood and strategies to eliminate such conduct, 13 October 2017.
The Ched Evans rape trial. Is the disclosure of women’s sexual history in rape cases ever necessary?
BBC Oxford Radio, 18.10.2016
Charlotte argued against the admission of evidence about a complainant’s past sexual behaviour in rape trials commenting in particular on the case of Ched Evans.
Prostitution: The Nordic model
BBC World Service, 16.45, 07.04.2016
Charlotte argued that the UK should adopt the Nordic model, which changes prostitution laws to criminalise buyers of sex, decriminalises prostituted women and provides exit strategies for women. Charlotte debated against a ‘sex worker’ activist from Norway.
LBC morning review of the newspapers with Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio
LBC radio, 25.02.2016 and 09.10.2015
Female genital mutilation and zero tolerance day
ITV news, 13.45, 05.02.2016
On the eve of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Charlotte and Hibo Wardere FGM campaigner, spoke about the prevalence of FGM in England and Wales and the reasons for there having been no convictions for FGM despite criminalising the practice in 1985.
BBC 100 women: Live debate about image
BBC World Service, 01.12.2015
How important is image? Are beautiful women more likely to succeed? What has led to so many women turning to plastic surgery? Does self-improvement come from within?
Should sharia councils be banned? A rare glimpse inside the inner workings of Islamic justice in the UK
BBC 1 Inside Out, 02.11.2015
Charlotte argues that the current parallel legal system whereby Sharia law operates in the UK should be prohibited as sharia councils legitimise discrimination against Muslim women.
What is your personal beauty bar?
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 26.10.2015
Charlotte Proudman and Virginia Ironside discuss their ‘personal beauty bar’ and their opposing views on cosmetic surgery.
The decline of feminism?
The Spectator, 22.10.2015
Debate with Emily Hill of the Spectator on the decline of feminism. According to Emily Hill, boys are performing much worse that girls, which is contrary to the statistics on sexual abuse and workplace discrimination highlighted by Charlotte Proudman.
Sharia law in Britain
BBC Radio 5 Live, 14.05.2015
Charlotte argued that Sharia Councils in the UK are discriminating against women and are operating a parallel legal system.
Should sharia councils be under any greater scrutiny than other religious tribunals?
BBC radio 4, 16.04.2015
Charlotte outlined her experience as a Barrister assisting women who sought an Islamic divorce through the Sharia council.
Feminist or equalist?
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 25.03.2015
Debated the importance of defining oneself as a feminist not an equalist or humanist contrary to the opposing contributor.
Polygamy in Britain
BBC Radio 4, 29.04.2013
Advised on the legal implications of polygamy for women who are often left with no legal recourse upon divorce, presented by Jemima Khan.
Secrets of Britain’s sharia councils
BBC Panorama, 26.04.2013
Panorama goes undercover to investigate what is really happening in Britain’s Sharia Councils – Islamic religious courts. Some women reveal they have suffered domestic violence ignored by these councils as campaigners say it is time to tackle the parallel legal system which can run counter to British law. Charlotte discussed Muslim women’s experience of gender discrimination within Sharia councils in the UK.
The criminalisation of forced marriage
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 02.05.2012
Argued for criminalisation of forced marriage as a participant.