Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Female judge says women are raped because they drink too heavily.

Judge Mary Jane Mowat said she expected to be "pilloried" for the comments which came as she retired after 18 years sitting as a circuit judge

The female judge has today been heavily criticised after she claimed the rape conviction rate would not improve until women stop drinking so heavily.

During the controversial interview, she criticised rape victims for drinking too much and being unable to clearly recall what had happened to them.

Her views have been blasted as being "outrageous", "misguided" and "dangerous." 

Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre service manager Natalie Brook said:
"Rape convictions will improve when those who perpetrate it, who are disproportionately male stop raping and when society stops blaming women for somehow being complicit in this act of violence. Rape is 100 per cent the fault of the perpetrator and to suggest otherwise serves only to feed the myths that do nothing other than deter women from reporting this crime or accessing the support they need.

Editorial Comment by Jim Thomas: 
Unfortunately Natalie Brook said nothing about the ease in which predators are able to acquire official Private Hire Vehicles and join the ranks of minicabs touting outside night venues, searching for fresh victims.

Serious sexual assaults, including rape in Central London are fuelled by the fact that sexual predators can buy a second hand minicab, complete with TfL roundel, even though they may not be licensed as a PH driver, then blend into the lines of illegally plying for hire minicabs and touts outside most night venues to find fresh victims. 

With victim-blaming attitudes like those displayed by Judge Mowat, it is no surprise that conviction rates remain so low."

Central London has the worse statistics regarding serious sexual assaults including rape. Met police openly admit as few as 10% actually report these attacks. 

Rape crisis orgs such as the Havens and Susie Lamplugh trust say most victims feel they will be partially blamed, with perpetrators treated more sympathetically. 

Because of the failure of victims coming forward, very few attackers are eventually caught and convicted. 

The acts of sexual assault and rape are not the fault of women who have been drinking, it's the fault of the predator, encouraged by TfL and the police who do nothing and allow this situation to exist.

A good start in bringing down these horrendous statistics would be the surrender of TfL license plates/roundels when a vehicle is sold on.

Secondly, illegal plying for hire has to be policed and enforced to weed out the predators. 

TfL compliance are never seen checking documentation of minicab drivers outside night venues. Instead they persecute licensed Taxi drivers, holding up working ranks such as Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.

Just because a person has had too much to drink, doesn't make them fair game to attackers. They do not automatically lose their right to protection by the police or the authorities. 

TfL, local authorities, the Met and City Police must take their full share of the blame for allowing these attacks to continue through constantly turning a blind eye to the situation seen outside clubs and bars every night.


Anonymous said...

This is the same judge that told teacher David Armstrong, 63, during sentencing at Reading crown court in Berkshire: “I don’t criticise you for being a teacher who’s attracted to children - many teachers are but they keep their urges under control both when it comes to children and when it comes to images of children.”

She allowed a soldier who had sex with a 13-year-old girl to walk free from Oxford crown court in 2010 after saying the victim was “precocious” and “made all the running”.

The 41-year-old defendant, Nigel Thomson, admitted one count of sexual activity with a child in his room at the Sandhurst officers’ academy, but was let off with a 12-month supervision order.

In 2008 she gave an absolute discharge to a 58-year-old man caught with 7,000 child porn images of girls as young as nine on his computer after he blamed his Parkinson’s drugs for making him hyper-sexual.

She also rejected a prosecution appeal that the man should be put under supervision before he left Reading crown court a free man.

Anonymous said...

This judge is spot on the money, people in general in town centers up and down the country drink to excess. Since 24 hour drinking became legal in establishments a conveyor belt was designed to remove drunks off of the streets immediately on leaving such establishments. The conveyor belts are called satellite offices and the blind eye agenda you mention in your editorial comment is called STaN.

This judges comment is in bad taste; however, nobody can argue that drunk women are more susceptible to being targeted by sexual predators - the blind eye agenda may have an effect on reducing public order offences; but at the same time it is facilitating the rapes and sexual assaults that are being committed.

The judiciary should know better - if they are going to tell the truth, let it be:


Anonymous said...

just look at the Rotherham case at the moment this isn't a ph problem persay its a Asian male problem

Anonymous said...

Didn't Jack Straw MP say something along these lines some time ago?