Wednesday, 7 October 2015

What is it about some of the left and rape?

One of the most serious crimes that can be committed against a person is rape. The vast majority of victims are women and there has always been a movement campaigning for women's rights on this matter from as long as I can remember.

Yet some of the very people who you would think would be at the forefront of ensuring that such crimes do not go unpunished sometimes act in a manner that beggars belief.

The "comrade delta" affair that wrecked the Socialist Workers Party and highlighted other alleged incidents a couple of years back horrified political activists of all hues.

The leadership and substantial sections of SWP activists mishandled the whole affair to the point where neither the alleged victim or alleged perpetrator can ever get justice.

There seemed to be an overwhelming desire on some "comrades" part to protect the party before any kind of justice, natural or otherwise could be done.

An appalling state of affairs.

Now there has been yet another reported incident.

A number of allegations have appeared including this from Breitbart:

A young, female ‘No Borders’ activist working in a migrant camp on the France-Italy border remained silent about her gang rape by Sudanese migrants for over a month because “the others asked me to keep quiet.”

Colleagues are alleged to have said that reporting the crime would set back their struggle for a borderless world.

The ‘No Borders’ activist had dedicated a month of her life to helping migrants. Her group was stationed between Italy and France in Ponte San Ludovico in Ventimiglia when the atrocity occurred, according to reports from local papers La Stampa and Il Secolo XIX, and now reported in the major Italian national Corriere Della Serra.

One Saturday night, as loud music played at a nearby party, the woman was reportedly trapped in a shower block set up near the camp in a pine forest know as Red Leap.

A gang of African migrants allegedly raped her there, and her cries for help are said to have gone unheard because of the music.

La Stampa reports that the woman, around 30 years of age, would have reported the horrific crime were if not for her fellow left-wing activists, who convinced her that if the truth got out it could damage their utopian dream of a world without borders.

However Behind the News adds:

But Corriere Della Serra also reports that some of her fellow activists are now accusing the woman of reporting the rape out of “spite,” because her group was withdrawn from the camp following a separate controversy.

The fact that tiny grouplets fall out with each other is not news. But the allegation itself does need to be investigated.

Whether the truth will ever be known is not clear.

However all is not well amongst some of the refugee centres when it comes to the treatment of women (and children) by other male migrants. 

The  supposed "cultural differences" or faux complaints about racism about anyone that dare raise such problems should not be allowed to blind or deflect a urgent need to ensure the safety of these women.

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