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