Why? Oh why? Oh why?

I am fed up. I try not to look at the news, wherever possible. Frankly, it just depresses me.

Today, I was searching for inspiration for this blog and thought I’d take a nosey at the news.

I was immediately struck by alleged comments a prominent musician has made in relation to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

Now i appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion. But, if true, these comments are clearly victim blaming.

It infuriates me that high profile personalities feel entitled to make comments on subjects where they admit they have no knowledge or experience. All it serves to do is cast doubt on the validity of the allegations and cause further victim blaming.

We need victims to feel they will be believed and their accusations taken seriously. Simply because it has taken someone several years to come forward should not invalidate their suffering or harm caused.

For high profile celebrities, like Morrisey, to allegedly say that the women making allegations against Harvey Weinstein:

“People know exactly what’s going on,” he reportedly said when asked about Weinstein inviting actresses to his hotel room, “and they play along”.

“Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say: ‘I was attacked, I was surprised’. 

From the BBC 

 

does nothing to assist victims.

But this is not the worse of his alleged comments. Within the alleged comments there is this reported by the BBC:

“Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who slept with their groupies,” he said, while clarifying that he was not one of them.

“If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors. Why not throw everyone in jail right away?

In a time where child protection is reaching crisis point, comments like this do not assist.

I wish this were the first time this had happened. Sadly it happens all the time. You pick up any daily tabloid and you will see stories of victims being blamed for their abuse, commentators stating they brought it on themselves or that it happened so long ago, in a different time, that we should all just forget about it.

We can’t forget about it and we won’t forget about it.

Whether we are talking about people in high profile positions abusing men and women or children being abused, the constant in both cases it that it is abuse. Abuse from a person with power (perceived or real) against a person without.

Nobody consents to abuse.

With the new definition of Child Sexual Exploitation, even those over the age of consent but under the age of 18, are not able to give valid consent if they are being coerced.

Its all too easy to make judgements about people we don’t know. I have done the same here in relation to these alleged comments. When it comes to abuse against children we must believe them and protect them first. The investigation will come afterwards and will likely be unpleasant.

Every victim of abuse must be given a voice.

 

 

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