Everyday Victim Blaming

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The Daily Mail Gets It Wrong Again

POLICE MAN WHO GROOMED A WOMAN REPORTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE IS JAILED should be the headline and not MARRIED POLICEMAN JAILED FOR HAVING SEX WITH VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFTER STRING OF LEWD TEXTS

This  article is a disgrace on every conceivable level as is the appalling abusive behaviour of Jordan Powell.

However, his behaviour is reframed as such to minimise his actions.

The headline emphasises Jordan Powell’s marital status, as if adultery were the worst aspect of his predatory and abusive behaviour. Whilst obviously I have every sympathy with his wife, this is not the story of an unfaithful husband but of an abusive man who not only groomed a woman who had placed her trust in him but sexually assaulted another woman whilst she made a statement.

This man had a history of predatory behaviour (“Powell, who joined West Mercia Police in 2004, received a warning for gross misconduct in 2008 for having sex while on duty with a victim of crime”) yet was not only allowed to continue on the force but working with women who were vulnerable because of the crimes perpetrated against them. How on earth is this kind of behaviour and reporting supposed to instil confidence in women to report domestic violence and rape to the police?

Once again we are seeing this ‘addiction’ trope being applied to men who abuse. In this piece it’s euphemistically referred to as a ‘large sexual appetite’. How many times do we hear this conflation of control and the abuse of power with the male libido, or in the case of Jeremy Forrest, ‘being in love’? Why is no one asking the question why do these men target women who are particularly vulnerable and/or children?

Name the problem. It is not about ‘sexual appetites’. It is about male entitlement, exploiting vulnerability, power and control and misogyny.

Furthermore, if you’re reporting about domestic violence and abuse, provide some helpline numbers at the end of your piece, Daily Mail.

If you're affected by domestic violence and abuse please call 0808 2000 247, freephone 24hr National DV Helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

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