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The British government and media are lying to you – grooming gangs are white too

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There are gangs of sexually violent men operating the length and breadth of Great Britain. We’re all aware of Asian grooming gangs, the papers never let us forget but how many of us will admit sexual violence and misogyny is a real problem in the UK and isn’t exclusive to brown Muslim men? I would even suggest the reason it is so widespread among non white communities is because they witnessed systematic abuse of minors by the establishment and national treasures and figured no one cared so felt secure enough to abuse with impunity.

We’ve been repeatedly smacked with the ‘fact’ that Asian grooming gangs are a blight on British society and we must discuss the race and religion of perpetrators because it is important, to deny their ethnicity is to do a disservice to survivors who were selected for their race.

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We’ve been discussing this for over a decade. Nobody is brushing it under the carpet, no one is pretending it doesn’t exist. We are all aware of the devastating impact these monsters have had on their young victims, those kids the authorities were forced to support, when they could no longer ignore the scale of the problem. The very same authorities who ignored the many thousands of victims of Britain’s national treasures, 1300 children violated by Jimmy Savile alone. Stuart Hall even got reduced sentencing because he only had 13 victims compared to Savile, as though it somehow negates the impact on those 13 victims. It calls into question the complete shambles that is British justice. Of course it’s a convenient scapegoat for said authorities to complain they were obstructed by ethnic communities and feared accusations of racism, than admit they don’t actually care about white working class children and probably blame them for getting involved with foreigners in the first place. I saw coppers treat white working class women like this. How many of you are aware of the very real sexual violence problem perpetrated by officers of the law? Ryan Coleman Farrow was jailed mere months for allowing countless rape cases to slip under the radar. Women have actually died from police neglect but they don’t want you to know that, it’s so much easier to blame brown Muslim men, killing two birds with one stone; covering up their own prejudices/lack of professionalism and maintaining racist structures with propaganda.

If MPs and journalists and coppers care so much about victims why aren’t they pushing for tougher sentencing of ALL child sex abusers?

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For example (and please note the race of offenders)

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Is it specifically the gang detail of Asian groomers that is so jarring for the authorities and racists alike? Or could it be they just want British victims for British perpetrators? Perhaps that is why sadistic child abusers like these don’t get much of a reaction.

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I don’t think gangs are a problem for MPs and the mainstream media, not when they are white. The ‘most sickening and callous’ of grooming gangs raped babies and toddlers but the media didn’t make as much of a fuss as they did with Rotherham. Why was that, you ask?

The government and media has manipulated the impression we get of sexual violence and predators in the UK.

The agenda; sex gangs are Asian.

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Like we haven’t been doing exactly that on repeat for more than a decade.

Asians/Muslims haven’t done enough to condemn the attackers. All the victims are white.

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(bonus side effect: divide rule and conquer the brown folk)

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I condemn Asian grooming gangs, I hope they all rot in hell. I wish exactly the same for Britain’s national treasures, the establishment, MPs, football coaches, social workers, vicars, teachers etc, majority of whom are white. I oppose those who would seek to make this an issue of race, deliberately erasing the countless victims of white perpetrators. Perhaps Sarah Champion is just securing the bigot vote for Labour, not that this in any way makes her a sympathetic character but it’s more likely she is part of the cover up that has excused the rich and powerful for numerous historic crimes against children. Royals, both dead and alive, MPs past and present, BBC stalwarts and lesser personalities, all invested in the most depraved of grooming gangs, the one that has coercive power and control and the ability to go undetected for over 50 years. This grooming gang was almost uncovered a few times but the powers that be made it disappear. Every time it threatens to resurface again, a spokesperson for the most powerful sexual predators draws our attention back to Asians.

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Asian grooming gangs are a sure fire propaganda tool. It doesn’t matter what else is going on, this dog whistle on steroids fires all the right bigots into a tirade on sexual violence and supposed injustices when none of these pissants give a toss for victim support any other day of the week.

If you genuinely care about all victims of sexual violence you’ll condemn ALL grooming gangs. Anything less is just bigoted.

Britain’s Bitter Culture of Rape and Violence

A close friend of mine packed her life up and relocated to Norway recently. She has Norwegian roots but the reason for making the move was one borne from fear of things to come, here, at home in the UK. Tory Britain was one of the contributing factors but it wasn’t the motive. She moved because her 5 year old daughter was slut shamed for wearing a vest during PE. Little one looks like most five year olds, a round-faced baby with an impressive vocabulary but this seemed to have escaped the attention of the teaching assistant at her school in the London Borough of Lambeth who decided, for whatever reason, she would make a 5 year old child cry for exposing her shoulders. Little one didn’t know why she was crying, she just knew she’d been accused of doing something wrong. I hoped she was upset because she could not understand and not because she had internalised the feelings of shame as something she was guilty of, that her body is disgusting or she is asking for it, whatever ‘it’ is. When the school were challenged about this they denied it had ever happened. This was the last in a chain of events that prompted my friend to withdraw her little girl for her own safety. She wept at the time that it was only another 6 years before her baby would be openly harassed on the streets, remembering how it was for herself aged 11. I remember that time too.

Can you recall the first time a boy called you a slag? I was still very much a virgin. I was used to that word already; it was commonly thrown about when referring to women; in my home, on the television, in the street. It meant they thought you slept around, that you were easy, loose, diseased. This, before I’d even kissed a boy. I can remember my grandfather spitting at the TV and accusing Princess Diana of being one, despite the fact she’d been cheated on for the duration of her marriage. It wasn’t Prince Charles who was accused of being an adulterer, there was no scarlet letter for him, no, long-suffering Diana was the nymph to blame for the Royal family’s bad image. It is easy to slander a woman in this way when as a society we do not trust them. It is easier to blame a woman for having breasts, for wearing makeup, a short dress than it is to admit that men violate because they desire not us, but control. Patriarchy controls even the most privileged women of all; we cannot be so surprised when it affects the rest of us in this way.

Why don’t we trust women? Why is it our word against theirs? Watching the film Lolita, it was stomach churning to witness paedophilia through the eyes of a perpetrator. The rapist reads sexual messages in every one of her actions. As a teenager I was frequently told that I was too nice and I ought to watch it as I might be giving people the wrong impression. I was admonished for being too tactile by my male friends. I internalised this. So much so that when I once woke to find one of these friends attempting ‘non-consensual sex’ with me as I lay inebriated, I believed it was my fault for sharing a bed with him. Men are so used to reading everything as a come on, because they are entitled to feel this way through male privilege, we blame ourselves for being too tempting. We are taught this from a very early age; we are not autonomous.

As children, we won’t get the same rights to express ourselves as our brothers do. This is not something exclusive to only some non-white cultures; the same is true in the West. When boys fight, when they leave a mess, they are being unruly and boisterous and we love them for it. We make excuses for them when they develop at a slower than little girls, from whom we expect so much more. We dress our daughters up in little frocks and put things in their hair. Anyone who has ever made a trip to a children’s clothes store will see aisle upon aisle of pink frilly stuff with which to adorn our girl children. We objectify them from the very start. We coo at little girls and throw boys up in the air. We train girls to be conscious of their looks. When they misbehave we respond with disbelief and the punishment is more severe.  We don’t react in the same way to boys. It doesn’t matter if we do, they may behave in a certain way at home but then we have to let them go; exposing them to secondary socialisation in a rape culture where pop culture presents men as strong, courageous and intelligent, the world is his oyster, there for the taking and women as submissive, in supporting roles (manic pixie dream girl, mother, whore, virgin). I’ve listened to mums cry that they fear having to raise boys because of the way they are swept away in the pervasive narrative, that they are not born ours, patriarchy claims them. Of course, how could they possibly resist when conforming has so many rewards? The admiration of peers for being a stud, the kudos of being the alpha male, it is no wonder they respond to this conditioning because the alternative is being thought of as a wuss, a girl, and isn’t that a disgusting thing?

Patriarchy hates femininity. It hates our ability to create life. It can’t do the same so it controls it, claims ownership. I can’t be the only one who feels disgust at the role of the father who plays gatekeeper to his daughter’s vagina; the one who vets boys for suitability, the one who loses face if his baby girl becomes pregnant as a teenager. Where is her autonomy? Why aren’t mothers as fussed about it as fathers? Mums probably do get in on this sort of parenting but I bet it’s largely down to what the father thinks “wait till your dad gets home”. Perpetrators frequently seek out women who do not have a father figure in their lives. They have no one to prove their worthiness to, they can control these women as they see fit. What does it say about us as a species that we are only safe if we have a man to protect us? If not our fathers, then our spouses? Why do some countries have rules around chaperones? Simple, men make the rules, they know what it is to rape but they don’t want you to rape ‘theirs’. It is where the concept of hijab comes from; if you can’t see the ‘goods’, then they can’t be spoiled. It is the origins of female genital mutilation too; if the vagina is not open “like a gaping sleeve” then they cannot gain entry. We know this is nonsense because rapists don’t care what you or your vagina look like, they only care about raping you cos control. Still, it helps them to exercise their patriarchal control in other ways. Males cause war, war means rape, impregnating the women by force so they can conquer and claim property and patriarchy loves war but it doesn’t want you to take what is not yours, especially if you’re not the right colour. The practices against women on both sides of the planet are a response to the fear and paranoia men have for each other. Women are a commodity, vessels for furthering the bloodline of people that were born on the same patch of soil as them. Pathetic, really.

When rape is used to control and shatter the lives of the people it affects (of all genders, ages, etc.) how can anyone claim that it is humorous and the problem lies with the victim/survivor traumatised by the ‘joke’? Are men that entitled they can elevate their need for ‘dark humour’ over the suffering experienced by real people in real time? People who are probably suicidal. When you challenge these pricks, they dismiss you as man hating feminist who is always trying to change people. As a woman and an aunt, a sister, a daughter and maybe a mother someday, I will never stop trying to change this rape culture we are in. My nephews are too precious to send out in a world where they will either become victims or perpetrators themselves. I do not want our boys or girls to face the consequences of living in a patriarchy they have absolutely no control over. I do not want them to cut themselves, self-medicate (like I did) because a few fuckhead ‘comedians’ think their pain is funny. I want them to step out into the world empowered; with a sense of autonomy and consent. I want them to recognise the apologists (perps by any other name) who are so forceful in their defence because they possibly exert some of these behaviours behind closed doors.

From the Yewtree operation, the insufficient sentencing, ‘rogue’ sexual offences officers at Sapphire to the music we listen to and the comedians we worship; as survivors, we are under constant attack. I cannot be the only one sometimes afraid to leave the house on my own.

There are no grey areas with rape. You can’t be a gentle non-abusive human being and find sexual violence funny. There are only those who are for it and those who oppose. Let this inform your interactions and act accordingly.

*Clothes, looks, booze, nightlife, the number of sexual partners you’ve had, mental illness, shoddy housekeeping, “didn’t make the sandwich”, the company you keep, your sexual orientation, the natural state of your vagina, the hair on your head, the size of your breasts, your bank balance do not cause rape. Rapists do. Also, minors cannot consent and therefore can never be a ‘willing’ party. The only way we can end rape is to end misogynistic perceptions of entitlement. We know Britain has a huge problem there.

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TW: Not Guilty means nothing in a Rape Culture

If, like me, you told yourself today that you made the right choice in not reporting your rapist, I am writing this for you. I am also hoping this blog will make it back to the never-ending victims of rape and sexual violence against women and girls in this country; the ones who report, the ones who don’t, the ones who have waited for this moment for decades. I want the survivors who spoke up about William Roache to know that I believe them, always have and that a verdict of not guilty does not mean the abuses they reported did not happen. It just means the British rape culture succeeded in enabling the perpetrator to get away with it, because they told themselves you couldn’t prove it. I want you to know that I believe you. I want you to know that there are many more like me who know, without due process and evidence, the mere fact that you disclosed you had been violated means you were telling the truth.

I was sexually abused by a tutor when I was 10. I was sexually abused by a person known to the family aged 15. When I was 21 I was raped by 2 men. I did not report any of these incidents. I didn’t because I knew, from the police officer who would take my statement to the CPS, the judge, the defending counsel, the upholders of rape culture would make me feel like I was asking for it. When you are already severely traumatised, your heart can’t take the possibility that they will say it was your own fault. That’s one of the first reasons we do not report. After I was raped, I scanned my body for bruises, praying that I would be marked by what had happened to me so that there was some chance they would see me as reputable. Apart from a few faint bruises on my wrists, I don’t usually bruise easily so found myself distraught that I had experienced the pain but had nothing to show for it, so of course they would think I was making it up. Why do we further victimise victims of sexual crimes like this? Instead of calling the police, I cut myself. I was upset that I had allowed the rapists to buy me drinks and that I had allowed them into my house. I felt like I should suffer for being so stupid, so vulnerable, so enticing. That is what we as a society make victims of sexual violence feel. When the legal system believes a victim’s personal choices invite actual physical and mental harm; that they are asking for it, how can we then expect them to report?

Before Roache was implicated, he made some comments to a national newspaper that shocked most decent people to the core. He said that victims (THESE ARE CHILDREN) of paedophiles were paying for their previous lives. He advised that the public should not judge but be totally forgiving of perpetrators of sexual crimes. He said this at a time when the nation was reeling from the hellish nightmare that is Savile’s legacy. People who do not molest children would never dream of saying something so horrific and so telling of a person’s nature and it is with this knowledge we all knew he was going to be next. We knew he was an abuser then. He accused young sexually active groupies of entrapping vulnerable people “on the fringes, like pop stars” :/ Did he mean like Ian Watkins from The Lost Prophets? See, that vile specimen attempted to rape a 1 year old (amongst other things) yet despite this; he is still considered some kind of messiah to his frankly disgusting fans. It’s how I now see Deidre Barlow after she gave her statement of support in court; as if a person cannot be professional and also a sadistic child rapist.

Roache was always going to get the verdict he wanted. When it seemed things were not going his way earlier this week, the defence asked for a retrial accusing the judge of bias in his summation. These rich white men are powerful. They get the shortest of sentences despite the astounding number of victims. They feel justified in stating that things were different back then and it was just flirtatious, harmless and some people just like playing the victim. Except the law protected minors then too and everyone knew the term “jailbait”. Did they ever ask their victims whether they consented to being touched or did they just take, like the entitled males they are?

We cannot move forward until we admit we have a problem. Instead of shining the light on India for example, can we begin by acknowledging that we have a serious problem with power and control and entitlement in this country? Would it hurt to tell victims we believe them even if the system has its own definition of guilt? If we don’t, we silence many more. Today served as a reminder that the system does not work for victims but perpetrators.

I believe them. I believe them all. Solidarity with all victims of patriarchal privilege.

White Feminism 101

White feminists sit around daydreaming about their next campaign. They’re not fighting for basic recognition like the rest of us, they’re thinking of even sillier ways to assert their power and so they have the luxury of poking at the institutions to look as if they are doing something worthwhile. So we show them how bullshit their feminism is and how do they respond? Do they take on board our feelings about how we are being erased? Do they accept that there is a kyriarchal structure they personally maintain? Do they fuck.

Last week various WoC had to push down triggers of domestic and sexual abuse in order to defend the perpetrators of these acts of violence against women. The two men in question; Mike Tyson and Stan Collymore. Y’see if you’re a white woman and you know that so and so is a prolific abuser, you can condemn them without needing to think of the intersection where men of colour are victims of the system also. I mean, Caroline Criado Perez thought it ok to share a platform with Collymore as long as she got her message across about the unacceptable abuse she alone suffers so bear with me a sec. He was taking a stand against the racist abuse he suffers and so, instead of ‘no platforming’ him on the grounds that he is violent and a danger to women – as should be my right as a feminist and campaigner against domestic abuse – I was contemplating the ways in which he would not have been given the same opportunities as white abusers to accept his actions, to be rehabilitated. I had to think of the ways in which he is racially abused and whilst I believe he should be ostracised on grounds of his violence against women, he should not be punished for the colour of his skin. Tyson is also an example of this.

Of course I was livid when I heard that Tyson had had “distressing problems with women”. He is the reason for the distress felt by many women but then I had to think about the way in which those lines were presented. Those were not his words, they were written by the author of the piece Donald McRae. The white man writing the piece severely understated the nature of Tyson’s ‘problems’ with women. The interview could have been structured in a way where he was given a chance to apologise for his behaviour and condemn it in others, instead there’s a garbled quote about how he found God. This is how white people want you to see Tyson.

Jurors in a case against a historic perpetrator of sexual abuse have been directed to acquit the perpetrator of one of the allegations against him on the grounds there is insufficient evidence. I believe her. Another judge sentenced another prolific abuser of young girls to a mere 15 months which was later doubled due to its “undue leniency”. The judge actually said he had “given pleasure to millions of people” and was known for his “genial personality, charm, bonhomie and wit”. White man in a wig, barrister Crispin Aylett actually felt it was ok to compare the relatively small number of victims to Savile’s 1300, as if that should have any bearing on the sentencing of a sexual predator. Hall should have received 30 months for each individual case, that is how the plebs are sentenced (if they are found guilty in the first place, that is). The whole of the Yewtree investigation can be easily summarised as a presentation of white power. When Mark Duggan was shot, the media had a field day telling us all how he was murdered for being in possession of a firearm. This ‘fact’ was not confirmed, it was later revealed that he was innocent of this claim and the police had executed a man in cold blood. The damage had been done though. A jury delivered a verdict of lawful killing even though the assailant was unarmed. Try talking about Yewtree though and the calls for ‘due process’ are deafening. I cannot be the only one to see these injustices for what they are; that they are racist in nature and that racism is not just about words but about the way in which non-whites are presented; as though inherently evil and guilty of all wrongdoing.

Take the recent obsession white feminists have with policing non-white bodies and our choices. It is perfectly fine for a woman of colour to write about her experiences in a foreign culture. It is the sort of discussion that is long overdue. However, the insistence of white feminism sticking her beak in everything and taking over as though she is emancipating the poor brown loves from the overbearing brown patriarchy are transparent and deplorable. You have no right to call yourself ‘prochoice’ if you have ANY restrictions on choice. Sex selective abortion is not something I personally advocate; I have my own feelings on the matter but I am not going to project those on others. Is sex selective abortion something that keeps white feminists awake at night? Does it affect their lives? Not really. It does however give them the opportunity to condemn the savages, once again. Criado Perez would do better to tackle sex selective IVF which is freely available in the United States to people (from all over the world) who can afford the right to plan their family. Why this preference for male foetuses? In many cultures girls are not yours to keep, they belong to the men they will marry. If you are poor, it is another mouth to feed. We could tackle the level of poverty the majority of the world suffers in relation to our massively privileged West but that would be too much like hard work, making sure everyone is fed. Instead let us claim our moral superiority and use it as a whipping chain to keep the non-whites in check, especially when they’ve got this ridiculous intersectionality campaign for equality.

It is the actions of white feminists that further oppress the already marginalised. When they wade in and take over, when they insist on using their voices to pity you instead of support, what they are saying is that they know better and they’re going to save you, not empower you, but literally going to do all the hard work and you can thank them later. Suddenly their arguments take on another tone and it starts to feel racist. That is how the majority of racism plays out, it is not in slurs or violent behaviour but the ways in which we are manipulated and made to feel inferior. They transfer their sinister game plan on to you “Your privileged, careerist, misogynist bullshit version really is pulling in the crowds”… without the slightest ounce of self-awareness there, our mascot for white supremacy Criado Perez suggests to her 20,000 odd followers that is what WE’RE doing. Hahaha lol.

White feminism is intent on telling you the kind of sex you should be having (be humble dammit, lie back and think of white supremacy), that your long hair is a thing to lure men with and that black women cannot be rich famous successful AND feminist. Oh yeah, and if you disagree with them about the things THAT AFFECT YOU then you’re no longer a woman, just a misogynist.

It’s simple really, put the white narrative down and learn to stfu. This has been our only request but they won’t do it because they enjoy the power. Don’t kid yourself that it isn’t a race thing, don’t believe you’re the only worthy Asian in the village and the rest of us are just jealous; I’ve been there, that’s an old trick white people have been pulling for a millennia. Solidarity.