Everyday Victim Blaming

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David Ruffley

Andrew Gimson on the Conservative Home website responds to David Ruffley standing down – apparently assaulting your partner is like eloping with her.

http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2014/07/once-the-deans-letter-was-published-ruffleys-resignation-was-inevitable.html Andrew Gimson is indignant that David Ruffley has been forced to stand down at the next election. In a lengthy article, he expresses this indignation by, initially, comparing the events since March to an Anthony Trollope novel. Gimson is full of praise for Ruffley, of how his friends find him a tremendously enjoyable man more »

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Local man defends David Ruffley MP – with more victim blaming

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p023rgg6 On the Jeremy Vine show, Mr Bernard Sergeant, local resident and Conservative party member , defended his MP David Ruffley with the following words: All this happened behind closed doors. This wasn’t a “thing” that just “happened”. David Ruffley assaulted his ex-partner. He did this “thing”. People do many things behind closed doors, including more »

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MP says he “regrets” assault while implying it wasn’t DV

With the headline Tory MP David Ruffley speaks of assault ‘regret’ , the BBC produces an article that buys into multiple myths about domestic abuse, in particular by giving full voice to the abuser but no voice to the victim. Conservative MP David Ruffley has said he “deeply regrets” actions that led to a police more »

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