Constable is publishing a book this summer exploring "why women are blamed for everything".
Why Women Are Blamed for Everything: Exploring Victim-Blaming of Women Subjected to Violence and Trauma is authored by Dr Jessica Taylor, a senior lecturer in forensic and criminal psychology and founder and director of VictimFocus.
Dr Taylor self-published the title in April 2020 and it went on sell over 10,000 copies in the last eight weeks, according to the publisher, securing high-profile endorsements from the likes of Caitlin Moran, Jonathan Ross, Sue Perkins and Samira Ahmed.
Based on three years of doctoral research and 10 years of practice with women and girls, Why Women are Blamed for Everything explores the reasons why society and individual psychology blames women for male violence committed against them.
It draws on the psychometric measure Dr Taylor developed while researching her PhD at Birmingham University–called the BOWSVA scale–which measures the way the general public and professionals apportion blame to women and girls who have been subjected to sexual violence, and includes many interviews with women who have been blamed for sexual assaults and professionals working in sexual violence services who are attempting to deconstruct victim blaming.
Constable has said it will support publication with "high-profile publicity". It is now out in e-book (since 16th July) and will publish in hardback on 27th August.