That shrill group of legal harpies, Harriet Harman, Maria Eagle and Vera Baird, otherwise known as the Government ‘Equalities’Â Office, have chosen today to launch a new offensive in the battle to demonise men.
In the curious world that they inhabit, violence in the home is only worthy of being prevented when it is perpetuated by men against woman. Or perhaps this unholy trio actually believe that it is only perpetuated by men against women.
The indoctrinated big guns have been wheeled out to support them in their demonising endeavours.
Alan Johnson: “Changing attitudes that tolerate violence against women and girls will take time but is essential if we are to eradicate this blight on women’s lives.”
Ed Balls: “Violence against women and girls is unacceptable and we must do everything we can, together with the wider community, to stop it.”
Gordon Brown: “Violence against women and girls is an obscenity. That is why we are taking action to bring perpetrators to justice and protect and support victims, but also to challenge the attitude that attacks on women and girls are in any way acceptable.”
Unfortunately for the cosy impression that it is only women who can be victims of domestic violence, and unmentioned by the feminist harpies behind today’s press release, official figures released elsewhere today show that 16 per cent of domestic violence, in Scotland at least, involved male victims, double the proportion recorded in 2001. Perhaps Nu-Labour makes women more violent?
There have been several research projects carried out which have concluded that the incidence of rape on male victims is far higher than that reported owing to the ‘embarrassment factor’ of admitting to being a victim, it is safe to assume that the exact same factor will come into play when reporting that you owe your two black eyes to your dear wife, so I suspect that the proportion of male victims of domestic violence are even higher than those quoted.
Â£13,000,000 of tax payers money has thus been committed to solving only 80% of a problem, when it would have been just as easy to commit the funds to a simple ‘end domestic violence’ – regardless of who commits it. It is patently obvious therefore that there is an agenda beyond ending domestic violence at play here.
Alan Johnson continues the assault on equality in an interview in the New Statesman, describing the domestic violence courts which have been set up across the country:
“I was in Sunderland the other week where you have a domestic violence separate court, domestic violence independent adviser, who is an advocate for the woman whose been the victim of crime, and the whole system rather than the woman have to turn up and…it’s all geared to ensuring that she gets justice and she gets protection and support through this difficult period.” [garbled syntax Johnson’s own]
Apparently, Johnson would tell us, one aim of this strategy is to tackle the rise in prostitution, ‘because the 80,000 prostitutes (he doesn’t say whether this figure includes the many rent boys we know of!) are particularly vulnerable to sexual crimes” – those who engage in sex all day and night are more vulnerable to being a victim of a sex crime?; I wonder how much the research that worked that one out has cost the tax payer. I’ll throw another one in from my own research, those who drive on Britain’s motorways day and night are more likely to be involved in a motor way pile up. And another one for good measure; those who give birth to babies are more likely to be the victims of neglect by a midwife. I really shouldn’t give them the benefit of my observation, I’m probably doing an entire cabal of researchers out of a good grant.
It takes two to make a victim, and nothing is more likely to lead you into victimhood than believing that you are, or are likely to be, a victim.
“We are committed to getting the message across in schools that VAWG should not be tolerated. We are also asking the Training and Development Agency for Schools to make sure that gender awareness and VAWG is included in a review of Professional Standards for Teachers in 2010. This will help to ensure that teachers have the skills and experience to tackle these issues effectively.
How, exactly, will teaching young girls that they and only they can become victims of domestic violence, help them in their quest for equality? How, exactly, will teaching young boys that only girls can become victims of domestic violence help those men who become victims [pace the inconvenient Scottish report] to overcome their reluctance to see themselves labelled as a ‘girlie’ and victim of violence? What about the many young men and rent boys who become the victims of homosexual violence? Where do they go for help? Which court should they apply themselves too?
I can only believe that this is a cynical exercise in Empire building, the feminist empire of specialised quangos and European funding, rather than any desire to actually eradicate violence in the home; perhaps it is the seeds of something more sinister…
Can any Government eradicate violence in the home, or smoking in the home, or the eating of Kentucky fried chicken, or goat’s cheese when pregnant, or Mateus Rose when depressed, or any of the other activities that we carry on in the privacy of our own home – and it is ‘eradication‘ that the government is committed too, not merely education of the ‘demerits of’, without the ability to know and control what goes on in our own homes? They are already training our children to be suspicious of us and spy on us – perhaps the next move will be to install CCTV cameras in our houses?
Nothing would surprise me any longer.