Another day, another probably bullshit claim by a prominent feminist claiming to have been sexually abused, to fuel public hysteria about alleged sexual abuse of women and girls. To make unsubstantiated claims of sexual abuse is a badge of honour for feminists – Harriet Harman, of course, being one of them – and my default position is to disbelieve them. When Andrea Dworkin claimed to have been raped, even radical feminists didn’t believe her.
One of the more common scripts from these hatchet-faced harridans is that they were “abused” as junior employees by senior employees, and invariably the “journalists” who write the pieces are women. The work of fiction this time comes from the infamous Sue Fish, the genius behind the Nottinghamshire police force recording misogyny as a hate crime, when misandry is infinitely more common, as she herself demonstrates.
A piece in today’s Times:
A former chief constable has said that when she was a younger officer she was indecently assaulted by two senior colleagues, one of whom kept his job after she reported him for “unwanted touching”.
Sue Fish, who led Nottinghamshire constabulary until 2017, said that there were still women in the police service who were enduring such assaults.
Fish has previously said that she would struggle to report a crime against her because the “thankless” system involves “endless repeated humiliation”. Last month she said that significant parts of policing involved a “very toxic culture of sexism and misogyny”.
Fish, who in 2016 was the first chief constable to start recording misogyny as a hate crime, told the ITV programme Women: How Safe Are We? that she suffered two “particularly unpleasant experiences” that were “technically indecent assaults”.
She did not report the first incident: “I was a lot younger, felt a lot more vulnerable . . . There were no witnesses, it was a senior officer. He was very well liked, very well regarded. Who was going to believe me? It wasn’t particularly nice being on the receiving end . . . and it’s not nice telling it again, to be honest. Yeah, it’s hard.”
She told the programme, which is broadcast tomorrow night, that she was molested on a second occasion when she was older but “still very much the junior officer”. She said that the man was “very, very senior” [J4MB: Not just very senior, then…] and from a different force. He remained in post after she reported it, although she was satisfied that it was made clear to him that his behaviour had been inappropriate. She said that there were many good people in the police but still an “absolutely toxic” minority, and that such behaviour endured despite the best efforts of the leadership.
Last month Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said that senior police officers “hear the anger about the pernicious harassment experienced by women that limits their freedoms”. He acknowledged that the police and the criminal justice system needed to improve the response to violence against women and that too few victims were seeing their cases go to court.
The government announced that police forces would be required to record when crimes were motivated by misogyny to improve intelligence about hostility against women. That measure has been adopted by about a quarter of forces in England and Wales since it was introduced in Nottinghamshire. Fish said that it made women feel safer and more confident in coming forward to police.
Last month Fish said that reporting such crime involved “endless repeated humiliation, telling your story over and over again, worrying whether you’re ever going to be believed … trying to explain and justify yourself feels to me to be incredibly difficult”.
She also said that senior colleagues across the country closed ranks on her when she brought in the measure of recording misogyny as a hate crime, saying it was not necessary. She said that female police officers who complained about sexism were marginalised or isolated.
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