Category Violence towards children

Women, know your place

Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas has changed its policy to allow transgender people to use the public toilets of their choice. This was reported with a sense of victory by Anna Waugh of dallasvoice.com, “the premier media source for LGBT Texas”. Anna Waugh’s article states: Transgender woman Paula Witherspoon got a ticket for using a […]

The victim game

A man has been granted an entire page on The Independent’s website to explain how he ‘fell into’ downloading sexually exploitative images of young teenage girls. This was his chance to atone for his actions; to apologise to his many victims; to make some sort of pledge to campaign against such images being made and […]

Children don’t have ‘affairs’ with their teachers

This is the front page of today’s i paper, billed as ‘Britain’s first and only concise quality newspaper’. Listen up, i paper: this man didn’t have an ‘affair’ with his pupil. An ‘affair’ is something which happens between consenting adults. Jeremy Forrest’s pupil was 15 when he ABDUCTED her (13 when he first started teaching […]

RadFem 2013: we didn’t kill any men

On 8th & 9th June 2013 a conference for radical feminists was held in central London. ‘RadFem 2013’, as it was termed, aimed ‘to re-build a radical feminist movement and support the re-emerging interest in radical feminism among women.’ Its organisers claimed to be ‘committed to building a strong and vibrant women’s liberation movement and […]

Yes, men ‘of sound mind’ do commit murders

I’ve never studied criminology, psychology or sociology (or any -ology, for that matter) but I do read the papers. I read about murder every single day. I read about women and children being raped and murdered in war zones. I read about schoolchildren being murdered in their classrooms. I read that two women per week […]

Child Killers

Originally posted on Karen Ingala Smith:
I decided to write this piece in response to some of the reactions to Mick and Mairead Philpott’s killing of six of their children, together with their friend Paul Mosley. The Daily Mail, Louise Mensch, George Osborne and others were keen to identify ‘benefits culture’ as the biggest problem, overlooking…

The graphic truth about ‘domestic’ violence

You might guess from the title that I’m not a fan of the term ‘domestic violence’. Violence is violence. Using the term ‘domestic’ undermines the gravity of the offence and makes it sound somewhat less awful than ‘street’ violence or ‘stranger’ violence. A story appeared in my Twitter feed today which affected me deeply and […]