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JUDGE YE NOT

This post goes out to anyone who has been unjustly attacked, vilified, maligned, falsely accused or ridiculed online …. or in the real world.

If this has ever happened to you, try and draw comfort from the widely-known fact that whenever you are being judged by others, especially those you have never actually met, then they are not defining you as a person, they are in reality, defining themselves.

Unfortunately for many people, their responses to any personal attacks on themselves (or their friends and/or family) are also going to be judged by the same people, so with that in mind ….

‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge or controversy’.

This of course applies to the female of the species also.

My own personal favorite, and my one and only response to all of those who appear to have massive problems with not only me and this website, but also those who freely comment here ?

I am, however, disappointed on a daily basis by the lack of quality in most of the attacks on me, but the sheer volume and the venom expressed in these attacks, means that I am continuing to be an irritating and hopefully painful thorn in the side of those people, and also reassures me that I am doing something right ….

A POISONED DART

According to the STOKE SENTINEL, Staffordshire police are currently investigating a number of Tweets published by former world darts champion Eric Bristow.

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Bristow’s comments were in regard to the recent revelations that a number of victims have come forward with allegations that they were sexually abused as children by their football coach.

The investigation follows a complaint that the retired sport star’s comments regarding ex-Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell and his victims – constitute a ‘hate crime’.

Bristow has already been dismissed by SkySports from his job as an occasional darts pundit, over his comments, which suggested that the victims ‘went back and sorted him out when they were older’, and caused anger by conflating paedophiles with homosexuals in a tweet which read:

“Might be a loony but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid, as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out.”

He later retracted the later comment, insisting that he meant to use the word ‘Paedo‘ instead of ‘Poof‘, and has since deleted the offending tweets.

Apart from the expected Twitter meltdown, and the collective furious response from the great and good within the British media and various ‘celebrities’ – a number of questions have been asked by child abuse survivors, who are rightly, in my opinion, somewhat confused by the almost immediate police response to what on the surface appears to them to be a rather trivial issue.

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From what I am seeing on social media, and from survivors who have contacted the Outlaw, is that there is a great deal of anger among some abuse survivors, who over the last few years have been subjected to all manner of verbal abuse, threats and continuous harrassment online, much of which has been reported to various police forces, and has been summarily dismissed.

From what I have been hearing from those who have made these reports, the reasons for the police’s apparent reluctance to investigate their complaints – have ranged from: “We don’t Police the Internet”, “Why don’t you just come offline”, “What do you want us to do about it” through to “Just ignore them they will get bored soon enough”.

When you realise that some of these complaints were related to clear cases of ‘Stalking and harrassment‘ as is set out by not only CPS guidelines and the National Stalking Helpline, then you should also understand how frustrating this must have been to those who make the complaints in good faith.

My question, however, is are the police now starting to act on what amount to what must be hundreds of complaints that have been reported to them by any number of CSA survivors …. Or have Mr Bristow’s ill-informed comments been swiftly acted upon, due simply to the derogatory term he used conflating homosexuality with Paedophilia?

Which is, I recall the same thing that ex-Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron was at pains to point out, when confronted on daytime TV in 2012 with a ‘list’ of well-known names, that were alleged to be Paedophiles.