We live in a society riven by forms of abuse, abuses of power, financial abuses, war crimes and political deceit. In this climate sexual abuse is only an extreme example of the fundamental sickness in our society. We refuse to see ourselves as capable of harm, or culpable, yet we cause harm every day.
The potential release of Jon Venables is predictably accompanied by much wailing about how he is unfit for society. Perhaps he is, I do not know - but then, the vast majority of those who are wailing do not know either, they just love to wail. For me there is a crucial point here that... Continue Reading →
At work I deal with people far too often who have been abused, who's lives have never recovered and who's self-destructive behaviour can be traced back to a childhood filled with violence, neglect or sexual abuse. I am both sad at how commonplace abuse is, and made angry at how badly this is understood. I'm... Continue Reading →