I have a friend who is a brilliant forensic psychologist who has recently conducted a set of studies which has seriously upset the apple cart. Originally, they were all kept in academia until recently, she decided she had a duty to women who had been raped to make her work public
She wrote some accessible style blogs and has started to post publicly about her studies and findings, and what it means for women who have been raped whose statements are discredited or disbelieved.

As soon as she stepped outside of academia, she’s been vilified
Her findings and methods are very different to the norm. Her arguments are vital for women. She’s been trolled and bullied online now for about a fortnight. Academics in her specialism keep RT and subtweeting her saying she’s full of shit, questioning her method and findings
We both agree on making our work as public and as accessible as possible, and yet, that’s when most of the anger kicks in. Her work has been known about for about 2 years, but she stepped up to say it publicly and all hell has broken loose in her field
One of the top academics who opposes her has been directly harassing her for a week. It’s turned personal very quickly.

It’s just making me reflect on how fickle academia really is, and how quickly it moves to personal attacks, trying to get women sacked and ridiculing them
I thought the point of academia was to critically debate, write transparently and then ultimately, develop more and more understanding of a topic and of approaches. So much of this turns into personal insults and harassment nowadays - mainly over social media
There’s SUCH a lot of bullying going on in academia. A couple years ago a woman I knew resigned from her senior post in top uni due to bullying purely because of her approaches to a topic in social work.

My friend is now being trolled and harassed for contributing new findings
What on earth do these people want academia to be? A huge field of people all saying the same thing about the same topic using the same method and the same ideas over and over so the big wigs are all kept happy until they die?
What hope does this leave for young academics and researchers?

What about the ones who want to make their work public and accessible? Why would they do this if they will get dragged every time they do it? The ones who write accessibly and get called ‘unscholarly’?

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3 May
Well, now that everyone is an expert in research methods, sampling and presentation of data, I cannot wait to watch you all retract your use of the UN stat which reported ‘97% of all women are sexually harassed’ based on 1089 self selecting women aged 18-25 years old.
Funny how everyone was perfectly happy to use that without even reading the original report (which I did) to find that their findings were only relevant to 18-25yr olds, which YouGov and UN reported as a generalised stat for all women. So did the media. Yet, no uproar. At all.
Here’s another - not the mention that the stat was on the TV and in media for weeks. In parliament by several MPs. It was generalised to our entire population by every single media outlet including BBC and Sky.
No one gave a shit did they.
Read 6 tweets
1 May
We have made some little videos explaining the key issues in the study. We also presented yesterday to 2000 people and explained the following to everyone:

1. We do not seek to generalise or extrapolate to the UK population from our data
2. This is the report of 22,419 UK women and their own experiences and that should be significant enough. We are not looking to make wider generalisations so we do not need to weight data or rake it.
3. Lots of people misunderstanding what a ‘self selecting sample’ is and how common that is in these kinds of studies. The UN 97% stat from last month was based on 1000 18-25yr self selecting sample too, but no uproar. Amazing.
Read 10 tweets
1 May
I am immensely proud of the fact that I always choose to present complex information in an accessible, simplified and jargon-free way. It might look ‘non-academic’ but that’s the point. I could write it to look like an impenetrable paper if I wanted, but what good would that do?
Academics often have to present their work in ways which mean that their own participants can’t even understand their own responses - and I don’t want my work to ever be like that. I want it to be laid out in easy read style every single time. I want accessibility and free access
We have a dataset with over 4 million data-points and it will take us all summer to finish the deeper statistical analysis. That will come out too, but I’m still going to present it as simply as possible, with as many diagrams and tables as I can so people can engage with it
Read 12 tweets
30 Apr
Here is a thread of videos of me and @Jaimi_Shrive having a chat about our new report


You can download it from victimfocus.org.uk/womens_experie…
Video 2: What theories does the data challenge?


Video 3: 51% of 22,419 UK women reported having woken up to their partner performing a sex act on them

Me and @Jaimi_Shrive discuss

Read 9 tweets
29 Apr
Thank you. I’m pretty tired of reading people trying to discredit the sample, claiming that we only asked women who had already exp VAWG etc. The study was shared all over UK without my knowledge or control and our sample is excellent. Prevalence is real, not a sample issue.
We did share it initially, but after that, it was shared in universities, by celebrities, on LinkedIn by professionals, by women with their own families and friends.

It’s basic convenience sampling using snowball referral technique where women are asked to share it with others.
All we asked was that you were:

Over 18
Lived in the UK

That’s it

And we asked if any women wanted to share it in their own networks

After our initial posts, it was reshaped and sent out thousands of times.
Read 4 tweets
29 Apr
To everyone asking why our data is so much higher than all other stats, let me explain:

Good methodology and sophisticated, tested item language always results in more accurate responses.

If you use ambiguous language, you get shit, inaccurate, unreported responses.

I am lucky to have been taught by an excellent academic who was an expert to the point of obsession about item construction and language. This skill was passed to me by someone much more knowledgable and I have worked hard to be skilful at creating items and language that works.
Language can ruin a study and you’ll never even know you did it wrong. You’ll think the items were accurate and your data is right, without realising you have made your work inaccessible to huge amounts of people.
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