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@LennoxHerald 11 March 2015

You couldn’t get a book and film more at odds with the founding principles of International Women’s Day than that film of that book. As thousands of women and girls are being kidnapped, enslaved, tortured and raped for real by militias in Boko Haram in Nigeria, by Isis in Northern Iraq and by organised gangs of men past and present in Oxford, Rotherham and across the UK, author E.L. James and the film’s makers kept their eyes fixed on the dollar in their very own value-free cultural vacuum. Almost weekly we hear of the ever expanding extent of Saville or some other celebrity’s sexual abuse of vulnerable women, children and young people while ‘safeguarders’ look away and do nothing.  Paul Gadd may finally have been put away for life but people queued to watch the same criminal behaviour glamourised and sold back to them for their titillation on Valentine’s Day.  Give me strength!

In the movie, the perverted sexual proclivities of a very rich, handsome, white American magically convert the entrapment and sexual torture of an intelligent but naïve student into a ‘love’ story and endeavour to  make it ok.  So ok in fact women that you can buy Tesco’s branded range of ‘fifty-shaded’ lingerie with the messages while your local Ann Summers shop will helpfully provide all you need to kit out your very own red room so that you too can submit to being handcuffed for the delight of your very own Mr. Grey.

your local Ann Summers shop will helpfully provide all you need to kit out your very own red room so that you too can submit to being handcuffed for the delight of your very own Mr. Grey.

Mr. Grey is simply a stalker, sexual predator and rapist who doesn’t know that no means no.  Rape Crisis in Scotland are in despair.  Faint heart never won fair lady apparently!  Stalking is a criminal offence and our hero’s regime of husbandly control – aka domestic abuse hereabouts –  is criminal behaviour and Scotland’s courts are full of it. Fancy pants won’t cut it there as admissible evidence in the case for the defence.  Scottish Women’s Aid are also in despair.

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                                                                                                   Mr. Grey is simply a stalker, sexual predator and rapist who doesn’t know that no means no.

Shading sexuality as a strategy of pure power and violence dehumanises men and women and kills romance stone dead.   International Women’s Day has been celebrating women’s achievements and publicising their continued struggle for equality and freedom for over one hundred years. If we accept cruel sexual fantasies as mainstream entertainment, mistake it for romance and an excuse for branded lingerie and the fluffy accoutrements of torture we are sleepwalking into a dystopia which will take another century to correct.

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2013 was a good year….. for exposing domestic abuse perpetrators… but 2014 has started out less well for those on their tail.  That darling of the right and consummate wealth creator the ‘great’ Charles Saatchi and, the now no longer  ‘good’,  Bill Walker, showed the Scottish public  that the occurrence of domestic abuse is no respecter of  class, position, celebrity  or privilege.  However, while Abbas Nikabady, an obsessively  jealous man was recently  jailed for life at the High Court in Glasgow for the murder of his wife of 22 years Fatemeh Bostani, George Park, an officer with Police Scotland, is still on their  payroll.  Park served  an 18-month sentence for battering his wife Frances and leaving her in fear of her life.  Police Scotland are in the horns of a dilemma.  Whilst  rightly being ‘relentless’ in their pursuit of domestic abuse offenders and showing an extraordinary sea change in the way the Force deals with the issue nationally, they are struggling to square that with their role as the employer of any such offender.  The SNP was quick to act in removing Bill Walker from his seat following his conviction, but the Scottish Government were limited in their powers to remove the  MSP.  Thankfully, Walker resigned from public office.  Park however shows no intention of doing any such thing.   Police Scotland were hesitant to disclose this tricky internal domestic issue.

Chief Superintendent John Thomson formerly Divisional Commander of this parish now heads up the Force’s  Licensing and Violence Reduction Division.  Charged with extending Strathclyde’s successful approach to domestic abuse offending nationwide, he recently confirmed that  ‘We want to transfer some of the fear that victims experience to perpetrators’. This new victim-centred approach appears to be working well.   As victims’ confidence grows, the number of reported incidents and prosecutions continue to rise. Before Christmas, the Chief Constable made it clear that ‘we will do everything within our power to target offenders and bring them to justice’ and ‘we want them to know they have nowhere to hide’.  Paying similar close attention to domestic abuse offenders among their workforce would send out a strong message that Police Scotland are willing to set their own sprawling ‘House’ in order (pun intended) and to show, beyond reasonable doubt,  whose side they are  on.

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