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Bulgaria 1 – 0 England

I’ve been keeping an eye on the news regarding the investigation of racist Bulgarian football fans and how it has progressed quite swiftly compared to other areas of public life. In the past I have asked why the FA hasn’t done more to combat racism and judged fans for wanting to be part of something that is so tolerant of racist abuse, in particular the way John Terry was found not guilty of a racist offence even though he admitted saying “black fucking bastard”, among other things. The FA still chose to remove his captaincy, which suggests they took a harsher view than the courts but then the England manager Fabio Capello resigned in protest so it was all a bit of a confusing mess.


If it sounds as though I care about football, I don’t. Can’t stand it, can’t stand the hype and the way fans express themselves, or the fact that domestic abuse peaks when there’s a big match on. The entire culture breeds toxic masculinity, and it has always been my experience; whenever I’ve unwittingly walked into a train full of pissed up louts egging each other on to be even more obnoxious, I am renewed in my hatred for the shit show. I detest its power and how mired it is in capitalism, but that’s a grumble for another day. I have never been a football fan and I am proud of this.

Over the past week however, I have watched in awe at every little twist and turn in this saga, from the moment the match was halted to the statement given by the Bulgarian captain in which he expressed his embarrassment, and the resignations, notably the Bulgarian football chief Borislav Mihaylov who had dismissed England’s concerns over racist fans prior to the match as being “groundless” and “offensive” (as many of our own card carrying fascists have done this past decade). Following the match the Bulgarian prime minister called for his resignation and he obliged only days later. Compare the way this has been handled, not only in the football associations but as a nation, from the politicians to the men on the pitch and how woefully short Britain falls of this example. It’s a bit rich of England bosses to express concerns over racist Bulgarian fans whilst the entire nation waits with baited breath to learn of our post Brexit fates. It’s a stretch to position English fans and players as an authority on racism and to make demands of other nations to comply with a set of standards we struggle to achieve ourselves, in any section of society on rainy fascist island. Hypocrisy is something we excel at here.


I surprised myself with my reactions to the rolling news, at first I was understandably outraged and then resigned to this shitehole of a world but then the Bulgarian authorities responded in a way I had not anticipated. I can’t remember the last time a public figure was made to suffer consequences for their bigotry. Consider the apologism meted out in defence of Alan Sugar or Jeremy Clarkson. The numerous examples of serving members of parliament using actual racial slurs only to be excused for their ignorance because they “didn’t mean it in that way” never mind the piccaninnies, watermelon smiles and hijabs as letterboxes jibes from our current prime minister.

Never forget the torture inflicted on the very people who built this country up when it was on its knees following the war. They were always British citizens, descended from a British colony they were forced on to as slaves against their will, of course they didn’t need the paperwork to prove they belonged here. Their children, born on British soil, registered with British birth certificates couldn’t prove they had leave to remain either. So many deported to their deaths, because they were British not Jamaican and easily picked out in a crowd as a soft touch, presumed to be worth something hailing from Britain, mugged for the shirts on their backs, murdered in the scuffle. A Windrush child – a man easily in his 50s but possibly much older – told me recently so many of them had been disappeared, and who could begin to bring about justice for them? He said he was leaving it to his sister to apply for compensation, he couldn’t face it himself. Why isn’t Theresa May and the rest of her murdering cabinet rotting in their cells at The Hague? Why has the British media and government been allowed to construct a narrative that denies the daily racism visible minorities have to navigate as par the course, instead choosing to focus on the prejudice faced by one minority group, dominated by rich and privileged Europeans who claim black and brown people are being racist to them (and that’s why socialism is a bad idea)? You never see black and brown Jews in the mainstream media, why is that? Cos they exist, and need support too.

Football can do all it wants to stamp our racism in its ranks but it’s pointless if the rest of society resists. British football, British politics, British media should lead by example instead of waving fingers and micro-managing other nations. I would insert a quote here about being the change you wish to see in the world but it sprang from the mouth of a racist (be wary of minorities lauded by The West, there’s always a fucked up back story).

I have revised my demands of football; it can only exclude racists from matches but can’t really change the world, not when it hasn’t changed from within.

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The Net is Closing In, and YouTube had better take notice

Joshua Conner Moon must be feeling the heat, in a week where dozens of potential shooters have been arrested before they can commit a crime, in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, victims of Moon and his Kiwi Farms forum have been advised to report their individual concerns to the FBI, in particular examples such as this one, which can be found here

Bizarrely, Moon says he has been accepted into the YouTube partner program which suggests he is being funded by them now. YouTube continues to ignore the growing tide of resistance to Nazi incels, particularly because of the known links between this type of offender and domestic abuse and terrorism. I personally reported Moon’s channels and videos for harassing me and encouraging violence against me, to no avail. Please report this channel to YouTube, if only so we have a ‘paper trail’ for the appropriate time.

At a time when other internet services are clamping down on this kind of criminal activity, for example here, Moon complains of search engines de-indexing him (thank you, DuckDuckGo ), it is mind boggling that YouTube would continue to support his brand of hateful violence. Moon is also being sued in the Supreme Court. Perhaps what we need is a class action lawsuit against YouTube?

Escambia County Police did a drive by of the house Moon used to live with his mother under cyber-stalking laws in violation of U.S. Code Section 2261 and found it empty with a key box out front as though the house were on sale. Moon himself purports to be hiding away in a basement in Russia but we think this is a blag. It is just a matter of time, as I said way back in 2014, when I first reported Moon and his ilk to the authorities for rape and death threats, and a question of finding non white supremacist law enforcers to uphold the law for justice to be done here. We’re closer than we’ve ever been and we’ve got the stamina and support to see this play out.

Someone owes us, big time. When the authorities do eventually catch up with him and there’s an audit, for all those who funded Moon, or gave him an out when big name vendors withdrew, there will be a bill, for the mental emotional and physical turmoil these Nazis and their sympathisers have inflicted on us. You carry on YouChoob, with your blatant disregard for laws protecting marginalised groups, you’ve the deepest pockets of them all.

UPDATE: Seems YouTube are doubling down on the white supremacist’s right to free speech over the lives of minorities. They have blood on their hands and must pay.

181 CEOs are Thinking of New Ways to Maximise Profit and Evade Justice for Crimes Against Humanity

Whether it’s Caitlin Moran, Maajid Nawaaz or the CEOs of Amazon and Apple, the rich and powerful are rattled. 181 CEOs have decided that stakeholders putting profit over people is no longer the capitalist way (even though that is essentially what capitalism is).

For years they have sat by idly and ignored our pleas to take a stand against policy that in some cases actively promotes division, whether that is related to the environment or communities, instead filling their coffers off the blood sweat and tears of the global south and minorities within western nations.

Take Amazon for eg, at a time when Trump was kicking out Mexicans and banning Muslims from entering the country, Amazon allowed the sale of nazi paraphernalia via its 3rd party sellers. The pressure group Sleeping Giants, with its trailblazing campaign to #bankruptfascism, managed to convince thousands of advertisers to shun Breitbart, a far right nazi news service that has been instrumental in the dissemination of nazi propaganda, most notably teaming up with Steve Bannon and employing Milo Yiannopoulis to grow their white supremacist network, yet Amazon in all its wisdom, refused. Amazon have been known to remove advertising if it violates their terms of service but in this instance, it failed to act. Amazon refused to engage on the matter, ignoring journalist requests for comment on their position, choosing to say nothing even when Sleeping Giants hired a billboard truck to drive around Seattle asking them to ‘stop funding bigotry’. They have been beyond reproach.

This announcement is no doubt a reaction to the growing resistance to the 1% who’ve had the power to quell conflict yet instead fanned its flames with their indifference and seeming inability to observe their own company policies but ultimately it is profit that drives these people. That profit has been on the wane, I personally haven’t used Amazon since the Sleeping Giants campaign, where previously I relied on it for almost all of my shopping needs. Yes, it was a pain in the arse trying to locate new retailers who weren’t just as bad, and it hit my pocket (because who can price match Amazon?) but once I’d consciously made the choice to stop funding these enablers of fascism, I stuck to it. Never taken an Uber either, specifically because they scabbed the New York Taxi picket line. I haven’t shopped with Amazon in over two years and I never will again and I wouldn’t be surprised if a sizeable chunk of Amazon’s customers have followed suit, prompting this bizarre and completely disingenuous pledge to put people first over their own pockets.

I wonder what might have happened if generations past had taken a stand against household names like Mercedes and Hugo Boss after they were complicit in the atrocities of world war 2. These huge corporations put profit first then and continue to do so with little or no reaction from the majority. Hugo Boss dressed the Nazis and Daimler-Benz used forced labour from civilians, prisoners of war and concentration camps victims to make up half of its 63,610 strong workforce. It admitted its part in the Nazi regime after the war and joined a German initiative ‘Remembrance, Responsibility and Future’ whose work included providing humanitarian aid to former forced labourers. How many of their forced workers died before they could be recompensed? Similarly, how many of Amazon’s, and indeed any of the other companies signing this Roundtable agreement, victims – whether direct or indirect – will never see a penny or even a word recognising the violence that has blighted their lives this past decade? Are we to forgive and forget and earnestly accept Amazon has not been directly complicit in the execution of white supremacy? We should never mention again the links between Amazon and the Chans/Kiwi Farms, without whom the latter would simply not have had the funding to spread its tentacles all over the globe, infecting every continent with its single minded quest for white domination?

Never forget Amazon gave ICE facial recognition tech capable of recognising fear. Activists warned it would mean an increase in family separation and other miscarriages of justice. Will Amazon acknowledge every last victim? Or is this just a cynical ploy as I suspect, to dazzle the increasingly hostile public into a false sense of security, after all it is such a revolutionary move, never before conceived as a possibility, to actually put people, human beings, before the very thing that made these ghouls business owners in the first place, the cold hard cash that bought them the power to act with impunity for near on a decade?

Putting people first, the environment, communities, that’s socialism. It can and never will be Capitalism 2.0. Perhaps CEOs would be better suited to admitting the end stages of capitalism are proving hard for them and the fear of an impending class war is the inspiration for this confusing declaration than trying to convince us the far right would be any good at socialist values.

People who truly value humanity would never have sought to destroy it.

The Dangerous Hypocrisy of White People

Whenever the news reports a surge in violent crimes committed by white people, I am compelled to share it with you, to compare and contrast with the vicious and morally bankrupt white supremacist narrative, when the truth often contradicts this.

The featured image is a comment taken from the Metro newspaper in relation to a guilty verdict in a case where the Asian victim had his ears hacked off in a machete attack and later died in hospital. The Asian ringleader was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Consider the leaps this racist made to come to this particular conclusion. Question the motive behind the Metro’s decision to allow a comment such as this, without moderation, despite its hateful and bigoted and wholly dishonest implication (as I am about to demonstrate).

(Who let this shit stain into Cambodia eh? ‘Bert’ must surely have serious concerns regarding the export of prolific child sex abusers imposing harmful British Values on foreign minors?)

Steve Loryman had been a Christian missionary, using the Christian God as a vehicle for his sick interest in children, as the Catholic Church and CofE have done for decades if not centuries.

White men are well known for their predilection for East Asian mail order brides. They also have a history of predation in the Philippines, seeking out the ‘lady boy’ culture for its “exaggerated femininity”. Gary Glitter is famously barred from the Philippines after he was found guilty of child sex abuse in Vietnam. He was kicked out of Cambodia. Interesting isn’t it, that Glitter targeted countries stereotyped for their submissiveness?

Daniel Kilbee was already serving a sentence for the rape of a toddler when he was sentenced to life for the gang rape of a teenager.

It’s not just abroad where we find evidence of the evil wrongdoings of white men, there is a decades long backlog on our own doorstep. In Kilbee’s case I’m left wondering what else he might have done and gotten away with. A baby rapist, a violent offender, one dreads to think of the crimes that led up to this extreme abuse. I don’t suppose ‘Bert’ has any suggestions on what to do about homegrown perpetrators? They were never let in, they learnt from the best, the establishment and all those other privileged sex abusers who seem to keep evading justice. To be so ignorant of the reality, or at least to give that impression, suggests something far more sinister, that this bellend has a vested interest in racist propaganda.

It’s not just sex abusers though is it? Consider the sort of shit stain that keeps a puppy farm and abuses the most innocent of creatures.

Where do you deport such a shit stain to?

Animal abuse is on the rise. There has been a concerted effort of late to paint gulls in a negative light for eg, it’s the media’s go to distraction, with tales of gulls beating up toddlers and killing Yorkshire terriers and taking off with chihuahuas, this protected species has begun the process of polarisation. Sure they’re a menace, and they shit everywhere, and snatch food right out of your hand but it’s our fault they’ve moved into cities, when we leave so much crap lying about, and erect sky scraping buildings, that look like cliffs to them. This is how propaganda works, the drip feeding of negativity, threatening, unpredictable, a threat to our way of life. You can’t deport those shit stain seagulls so I guess there’ll be a cull at some stage.

I suppose British Values, based on the information I am about to share, is the power to do what you like as a white person whilst simultaneously reminding Johnny Foreigner he can in no way do the same.

Where the fuck are you, ‘Bert’, when white people with considerable power are let off the hook off because they have feelings?

PTSD! Depression! Anxiety! All the thing we get labelled snowflakes for. But if you’re a white copper, you can DRINK AND DRIVE AND DO IT AGAIN NO DOUBT.
In what other profession could you demonstrate such lawlessness and coercive power and still be allowed to keep your funding and jobs?

Imagine there were 1000 doctors arrested in the past four years. That would be a crisis of sorts. 1000 nurses? 1000 teachers? Firemen? Paramedics? Any other profession there would be a public inquiry and perhaps a view to reform. Foreigners make up a minority of the police force so you can’t blame it on imported values, ‘Bert’.

Not when white men seem to be the exporters of sex abuse, targeting victims who’ve even less of a chance of justice.

They point fingers because it lets them off the hook. They said they were afraid of being labelled racist, and that’s why they did not do their jobs holding child rapists to account. Never met a copper who was so keen on race relations they forgot to uphold the law. Not when they’re in the papers every other week for one racist incident or another. Not when entire regions have a reputation for their white supremacist bullying of minorities.

Hampshire popo are by no means alone, my local plod are horribly racist, to which I can attest from my own run ins. I imagine ‘Bert’ is a cop lover who thinks bigotry against protected characteristics is a British Value.

When the cops say they didn’t do anything because they were afraid of being labelled racist, when we know they really don’t give a fuck, consider the fact they did nothing because they were all in it together. Child sex abusers have infiltrated every public service you can think of and had been managing the influx of reports to make it appear as though it’s a much smaller problem than it is. When that was no longer effective they ramped up the racist propaganda, so that shit stains like ‘Bert Fegg’, star Metro commenter have been emboldened to stick the boot in whenever a poc engages in criminal behaviour.

By all means, view things via your racist lens, ‘Bert’ but remember, your country is overrun by white predators, and your children are fair game to them. How long will your bigoted beliefs protect you?

Meanwhile.. OVER THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND

America, all focused on those Mexican rapists when these monsters barely get a mention

How well do we know our husbands/boyfriends/partners?

The state of this horror show.

White people evade justice because they have the support of a racist state and media, and the structural power to claim up is down and even when it seems like we’ve finally got them, we haven’t really.

The opening of sealed files implicated dangerously powerful people in the upper echelons of the establishment on both sides of the Atlantic. Who killed Epstein, the royals or the Clintons? Will we ever know?

Is it too little too late from Cloudflare?

Many of us woke up yesterday morning to the news there had been another couple of mass shootings in America, in Texas and Ohio. My first thought was whether or not the shooters had connections to any number of forums promoting white supremacist violence, notably Kiwi Farms, a notorious website that is already linked to at least 2 mass shootings and a number of suicides, much of which is documented on this very blog.

It transpired the shooter in the El Paso incident had used the forum 8chan to spread his hateful manifesto. 8chan is a spin off of 4chan and Kiwi Farms is the latest (to my knowledge) iteration for these hubs, each one mutating to include those who fall outside the parameters of permitted conduct. With each new chapter the nazi incels have become more brazen in their actions, and grotesque in their ideology and with it the threat of violence has grown exponentially. Joshua Moon of Kiwi Farms is detested by members of the various chan networks because he is a paedophile and even white supremacists draw the line somewhere.

We, the victims of nazi incel forums, have been highlighting the threats these monsters pose since 2014 (at least). We have reported them to the authorities and appealed to politicians and journalists alike to help us make the law work yet been given very little support. We are expected to believe that organisations like the FBI have had their hands tied and various police forces across the UK and US are limited in their respective jurisdictions. Consider the actions brought against members of Isis when they used social media to further their extremist agenda. Their accounts were deleted immediately, whereas Twitter and Facebook haven’t enacted the same zero tolerance policies towards their exact ideological opponents. Nazi incels should have been having it out with Isis instead of targeting moderates, many of them marginalised, and for the tech giants to support them in their ‘free speech’ endeavours (as though hate speech should be given any protection) it highlights the troubling links between privilege and white supremacy, how we have been fighting an uphill battle we could never win.

As of June last year, as far as we were aware, Cloudflare was also providing a service for Kiwi Farms. Given that Kiwi Farms is an extreme bastardisation of 8chan, with incumbents thus far rejected by channers of all previous chan networks, it would certainly be in their best interests to do the same here.

It’s odd that Cloudflare boss Matthew Prince had said he would continue to support 8chan despite the shooting because his company’s ‘policy was to remain neutral over the type of content’ his service protected but in an apparent u-turn, less than 24 hours later, Prince wrote in a blog post that “8chan has repeatedly proven itself to be a cesspool of hate” and “they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths”.

“Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.”

It has taken Cloudflare years to come to this conclusion, despite the many reports to the contrary from their many victims. I find it interesting that Matthew Prince alludes to the action of removing 8chan from their network as a short term fix that only takes the heat off them as an organisation and warns that 8chan will return, in cahoots with another company that has even less of a moral backbone than Cloudflare, something neo nazi site Daily Stormer did when Cloudflare withdrew their service from them. The Daily Stormer switched to their new provider because it promised not to respond to legal process, a move which is surely illegal in itself? To proudly assert you are above the law and will not in any circumstances observe it?

Prince carries on to say “it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur. It does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate”.. well, I can shed some light here for you Matt, hate sites fester online because white supremacists run the world and laws exist primarily to incarcerate marginalised groups who are not white. Mass shootings occur because of a gun culture that is promoted by toxic white patriarchy, a visceral hatred for anything that does not bend to its will, as we know historically, and the reason they feel disenchanted? This is possibly the first generation of white people to experience the backlash against white supremacist power and control from people of colour as a whole, something that went largely unchallenged for 500 years through divide and conquer. Dissenters were swiftly murdered and histories stifled until very recently. There is a crisis of white supremacy, where the proverbial dummy has been spat out of the pram and they escalate violence in the hopes it will put the fear of a white god into us. None of these are good reasons. None of these antagonists deserve our understanding or compassion. Like Isis they know only toxic male violence and it should not be legitimised by uppity tech dweebs who genuinely believe in the supremacy of white folk. This entire episode is proof that we can bankrupt fascism and it is this threat that will make them obey the rules that govern the rest of us, nothing more or less.

Joshua Moon has been reported to celebrate the shootings and has encouraged members of his forum to keep up the momentum. In light of this and Matt’s impassioned speech on laws and lawlessness and how it makes no difference to some but it does to him, he might want to consider withdrawing service to Kiwi Farms also, if he hasn’t already, or we might accuse him of lip service and consider suing this enabler of violent mass shootings.

Services like Cloudflare and Brave Software owe the victims of nazi incel forums. They have ignored the suffering these insolent wretches have inflicted on those of us who have objected to hate. Y’know, we too have been disenchanted except we never had the entitlement to act as we please. We have never felt the need for mindless violence or hated anything or anyone enough to destroy it. These people belong behind bars, if they haven’t the least bit of control over their violent impulses.

Perhaps Matthew Prince would like to consider this when he’s defending murderers on the internet, and how he personally enabled them.

Why should good people suffer?

So is anyone going to slap the likes of Toby Young and Julia Hartley Brewer on the wrist for the violence they have incited against Symonds’ neighbours? Domestic abusers and apologists must have been chomping at the bit to teach them a lesson. Not forgetting the far right who took the Stasi bait. Always tell on perpetrators of gendered violence, it is your moral duty.

The mainstream media have focused on the political affiliations of Tom Penn and Eve Leigh (The Daily Express, The Sun etc) with every sentence they’ve spewed in outrage at the couple’s act of kindness and decency, they are culpable for the death threats that have pushed them out of their home. This is Britain, where they pretend to care about abuse but only if they can use it to make a racist point. Britain hates women, it hates people who would help women. It consistently confirms my prejudices against white men for their entitlement and toxic masculinity. They have the power to write narratives that betray the reality, meanwhile society slips further down the slope, impacting on all of our lives. I have witnessed this descent into hell, as we all have and just when we think it can’t possibly get any worse it has.

There must be repercussions for this, as there have been unjustly for Tom Penn and Eve Leigh. As a society we must stop punishing people for doing the right thing and rewarding the scheming cowards who know how to manipulate situations. I’m afraid there are more people than we know, who are willing to act the part and pretend to care about what is right and just than actually genuinely do. It only ever becomes a serious concern when they are personally targeted.

Tom and Eve should sue.

Understanding the Domestic Abuser Part 2

You’re in a relationship with a powerful man, so powerful he is in the running for prime minister. It was all a bit of a whirlwind, the foundations for your relationship are rocky, not least because of his track record as a womaniser. He left another woman to be with you. He left another woman to be with her. He might eventually do the same to you so you have to really go that extra mile to keep him interested. He might push you about a bit, but then men do don’t they? You’ve grown up in world where toxic masculinity thrives, where secrets and lies bind you together instead of pushing you apart.

The violence is escalating, he doesn’t care as much as he used to about keeping it under wraps. Who would believe you anyway? Your neighbours might even have recorded evidence of an alleged assault, a thing they were pushed to do because they feared for your life. Yet still, you can’t quite name the problem because the gravity of the situation is overwhelming, the whole world knows your name and regardless of the facts or evidence, people have already made up their minds. So you consider damage control, and stage a photo opportunity where you seem engrossed in each other and oblivious to the assessments people are making of your intimate relationship, a scene entirely reminiscent of another case of gendered domestic violence, whether purposely or inadvertently, which leads to people questioning the authenticity of a such a spectacle, so soon after the incident, which had resulted in a safe and well check by the police.

Imagine you are Carrie Symonds and the privileged world you live in turns on you. You’re the reason he might not become prime minister, if you had just listened or done what it is you were told, he’d still be in the running. The 1% maintain their power with a polished veneer we rarely see past. If we knew the truth, how domestic abuse is rampant in the upper classes, much like child sex abuse, the whole sorry facade of British stoicism and civility would dissipate, and Britain would be just as bad as those Asian and African nations it loves to point fingers at.

Having supported 100s of victims of domestic abuse, I can say for certain the one thing that made my job easier and that of other agencies involved in the process, was the goodwill and bravery of witnesses who came to the rescue. The likes of Toby Young and Telegraph and Spiked columnists shamelessly refer to these acts of kindness as somehow being akin to the Stasi, in their typically hysterical and duplicitous way. These fragile snowflakes who demanded that milkshake throwers face the full arm of the law rushed to minimise gendered domestic abuse because violence against women is just a feature of their developmentally stunted lives. Toby Young can jizz to his dead heart’s content over underage girls and promote eugenics, safe in the knowledge that nepotism will save his mediocre arse. Is that the sort of person we believe in this country?

Friends of Boris at The Torygraph have suggested that Carrie Symonds may have staged these photos after the incident. It’s more like Johnson gave her the telling to of her life and issued an ultimatum to fix it. She may well have called the photographer, and paid them, but he’s still pulling the strings. Apparently they are in love, and this goes against the stories The Left are allegedly telling themselves. I repeat: it takes 33 attempts to leave an abuser, during which time you might still love them, and hope they will change. Perhaps Carrie thinks this sharp shock to the system might affect Boris’ behaviour, to think and act more carefully, even behind closed doors. This might just make Boris even more secretive and controlling, to avoid exposure like this again.

This relationship is doomed. It may take her many years to come to grips with it and shake herself free from its grasp.

poolia

If we’re looking at ‘evidence’, Julia, let’s consider the fact that non violent, non controlling relationships don’t usually result in a visit from the police. The people who made the report had sufficient concerns for her safety and well-being, if there was no evidence of an altercation the police would have said so and reprimanded the callers. To my knowledge, this did not occur.

perp

The first response to Julia’s comment came right out of ‘the perpetrator’s guide to getting the police on side’. I can’t tell you how many times prolific perps, that is to say those who’ve had enough experience of the system to know how to play it, have said these exact words and used defensive wounds inflicted by the victim as evidence she initiated the attack. Luckily there are specialist domestic violence courts and professionals who’ve been trained to recognise these tactics, myself included (but this doesn’t help anyone when I am banned from social media).

Furthermore, we cannot advise people ignore violence if they are in the vicinity and can hear it loud and clear, ‘because it is none of their business’, that is how domestic abusers were able to run rings around the authorities as recently as the 90s. Not only that but this typically silencing behaviour is usually the purview of perpetrators. Non violent people who oppose violence do not ignore violence. This speaks to the decades of historic abuse where they all knew about it and nobody did a thing. Now we have a crisis as a nation of survivors and victims, authorities are ill equipped to deal with the fall out and senior officers of the law are even making unthinkable suggestions to let the past lie, because the present is all consuming.

There are two types of people in this world; those who abhor violence and are committed to calling it out and those who thrive on it, because it feels like home. We’re all telling on ourselves, one way or another.

DULUTH WHEELS FOR NON VIOLENCE AND POWER AND CONTROL