Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Protests Over Rape Victim Insults.

Semi-naked SlutWalk protest took place outside Downing Street today.

A group of women in their underwear as part of the SlutWalk movement have protested outside Downing Street to urge David Cameron to do more to help rape victims prosecute their attackers.

They urged the prime minister to ensure the criminal justice system treated rape and sexual assault cases with the seriousness they deserve.

A so-called SlutWalk march is due to take place in London to further raise awareness of the issue on this Saturday the 22nd.

'All the failings of the police and courts, they are only allowed to happen because there is not proper supervision at the top, because rape is not being made a priority within the justice system,' said 18 year old protester, Anastasia Richardson.

She also stated "only seven per cent of reported rapes in the UK resulted in a successful prosecution, which amounted to making rape 'essentially legal".

"We want the police to take more care when they investigate cases because what we are seeing at the moment is evidence lost and police not looking at CCTV footage before it's destroyed".

The SlutWalk movement began in 2011 when a Toronto policeman told students that women could avoid being sexually assaulted by dressing less provocatively.

Thousands of women consequently joined marches protesting against rape in Canada, the US and UK.

The Anderson Shelter has pointed out on many occasions that in London, confidence in the Met police in regards to reporting rape has fallen to an all time low. Virtually 90% of victims are failing to report attacks.

It's time the "Men" at TfL/GLA and the Mayor stood up and admitted there is a problem, instead of constantly denying the figures.

The main cause of these attacks is the lines of illegally plying for hire minicabs outside satellite offices.

TfL always state that the predators are unlicensed. But what they omit to say is the reason they are "Unlicensed" is only in the sense that they are not pre booked and fully recorded by the licensed provider. In essence, this makes any vehicle with or without a TfL roundel used in this manner unlicensed and uninsured.

I think we will see more from the Slut Walk movement in the near future.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Although it is factually correct to insist that Licensed Minicabs are actually unlicensed to carry passengers that aren't prebooked, so are therefore unlicensed. It's also a fact that many of these sexual assaults are carried out in vehicles that have been licensed by TfL, and to state they're unlicensed is an obvious attempt of disinformation in an attempt to hide their abysmal failing's as a Licensing Authority!

Where's the enforcement to protect the public from these sexual predators?