The unnamed 16-year-old suspect in the Alesha McPhail case has been found guilty of raping and murdering the 6-year-old, in July of last year. This follows months of agony for the family as a result of the defendant’s unwillingness to co-operate, even going so far as concocting a lewd plot where he was actually a victim being framed by the girlfriend of little Alesha’s father, whom the suspect claimed to have had sex with earlier the same day. He said she had taken his semen and planted it on the child’s body. What kind of disturbed individual commits these sorts of crimes and then attempts to cover it up by accusing a woman who testified that she loved the little girl? How could he hate her so much that he would be willing to tarnish her name and potentially send her to prison for a crime he committed? Hell hate no fury like a spurned man. Perhaps he thought he’d show her, for making him feel like an idiot.
As an anarchist I’m supposed to reject the prison industrial complex and look for other solutions, rehabilitation and the like, but this is a hard limit for me. Men who rape cannot be rehabilitated, you’re asking them to give up their entitlement. Men who rape children should be castrated, I’m not even kidding. The potential fall out from sex abuse of minors when they grow into adults is far greater than the pitiful life of a castrated rapist. Don’t want to lose your balls? Don’t rape.
Personal feelings aside, I want to look at the ways in which sex abuse is reported and who it serves. We should be examining the disparity in reporting of crimes that are committed by men of colour, compared to the native whites. For years we have had an overwhelming narrative that men of colour, specifically asian Muslim men, are rapists and this assertion has allowed for the kind of racism my grandparents fought in the 60s to come hurtling back, where even racial slurs are forgiven. When evidence of white perpetrated crimes has been highlighted, the finger pointers have been keen to make distinctions between the different kinds of sex abuse and what that says about the perpetrators. White sex abusers, apparently, have a ‘long standing interest in children’ whereas brown perps are motivated by more sinister objectives, as though this somehow excuses white predators because they mean no harm. These campaigns shit on the memory of victims like Alesha.
The way the British media has minimised white on white sex abuse has enabled the endemic rape culture that allowed for BBC personalities and members of the royal household, the football association, care homes and churches and schools etc to commit grave abuses of children for decades before the truth finally broke through. They all knew about Jimmy Saville. Similarly they all know who in the establishment and around it is still engaging in this depravity. THEY. STILL. KNOW. Which is why the narrative around asian grooming gangs has been so pervasive. They say that in this egalitarian society of ours, talent and the will to succeed wins out but I am convinced it’s more about what you know, and how much it’s worth to the perpetrators. You can be as smart and as talented as you like but if you’re a victim, if people take from you as opposed to you taking from them, you’re nothing. This disordered system has allowed for white male sex abusers to act with impunity, because nobody will believe their victims. Bute suspect was so emboldened by his entitlement he thought people would believe his sordid version of events.
Even the victims of the Rotherham grooming gangs were forsaken until the media and government saw fit to use them in their propaganda. The very same victims are routinely attacked by white supremacists for daring to speak out against racism on Twitter. Imagine, as a victim, to object to the dishonesty of this racialised narrative, only to be told you deserved it, you were asking for it? That is the reality of white sex abuse. As a victim of multiple assaults, some of them white perpetrated I’ve witnessed firsthand the repeat victimisation of abuse victims for speaking up. White supremacists only pretend to care about sex abuse. Same goes for the faux outrage in our tabloids; the same journalists covered up for rich and famous rapists, if in fact they were not engaging in it themselves. I won’t be forgetting Giles Coren twatting the Guardian’s Michael White on Twitter ‘but he did suggest you put your fingers in knickers without asking’ as was apparently relayed to Coren by his late father. They’re all in it together, it would seem.
If this crime was perpetrated by a pair of brown or black men we’d never hear the end of it but I’m intrigued to know how many of you actually know about it. I can’t stop thinking about the mother of two, mostly because it’s almost too horrific to bear and I hope justice will be served. The perps consider themselves above the law, the victim was convinced she had no other option. They were already implicated in the murder of another resident and in that case, as with this one, cops denied any wrongdoing had taken place, despite evidence to the contrary. This is the reality of white on white crime. There are two babies left without a mother to care for them, a community living in fear and law enforcement are using their limited funds as an excuse for their inaction. I don’t suppose cultural differences would cut it in this case but there’s always something. Surely a crime of this nature should be a priority? It would be if they were Muslims.