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How claims of 'consensual rough sex' hide abuse and coercive control from courts

By Cassandra Wiener, Senior Lecturer in Law, City, University of London
Tanya Palmer, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex
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In December 2018, British man John Broadhurst was sentenced to just three years and eight months in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Natalie Connolly. While Connolly sustained 40 injuries, including a lacerated vagina and a fractured skull, Broadhurst claimed Connolly died accidentally as a result of consensual rough sex. Three years later, Sam Pybus received a similarly…The Conversation


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