Do you know someone who was raped?

I come from a very ordinary conservative background. I never had any unpleasant experiences myself, or even been exposed to a phantom flasher. No one has ever groped me, or overstepped the line sexually with me in any way whatsoever.

I have never thought of men as sexual predators.

Neither have I thought of liberating myself from men, but that is probably because my mother was a liberated career woman herself. Already liberated, she passed the idea on to me that men and women were equal. I never lived in a world of downtrodden women.

Maybe, when you have lived that kind of life, the current surge of #metoo, seems strange. Where have I been all my life? Not living in the real world?

However, not so long ago, my husband and I found out that one of our children, as a teenager, had a very cruel experience when she was thirteen. She never said a word to us, but her very much elder brother, sorted the culprit out. Now in her forties, she has laid a molestation charge, but it’s an Interpol investigation as it happened in a foreign country.

Also, on thought, I remember a friend of mine, living in the flat above mine, was raped when we were young. It was so unexpected, she didn’t even shout out. She was paralysed by disbelief. And SHE felt ashamed for ‘allowing’ it.

In the old days, women just got on with life. Your friends and family emotionally supported you. Rape was just a thing that happened.

But I read this blog today. It moved me to post about it here. It’s about the current Irish Rape court case.  I think the post is worth reading in its entirety….I have only offered a small section

How can we ask women to report rape after Belfast?

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The worst outcome for a rape complainant is that she is not believed. During the Belfast trial, a narrative was created that a the victim had participated in a drunken threesome and then cried rape afterwards because she was worried that “it would be talked about on social media.” The idea that any woman would subject themselves to what is entailed in making a rape complaint, simply because she regretted how she had sex or who it was with, would be laughable if it weren’t so disturbing.

When a woman makes a complaint to police she will usually spend hours or a day (or more than a day) literally recounting her story over and over again; following this she may be brought to a sexual assault treatment unit where trained healthcare professionals will collect forensic evidence and do a head to toe exam collecting samples from under her nails and her hair and her mouth. They will examine her genitals and take photographs. She will likely have to tell her story again to the healthcare practitioners so they know which photos to take. She will not be allowed tea or coffee in case it interferes with evidence in her mouth. Depending on where she lives, she might have to travel for 3-4 hours to get to this unit because her local hospital won’t have one. If there’s a risk of head injuries, you’ll be sent to the Beaumont first, but that has implications for evidence collection of course. If the police believe her, they may send her story to the DPP. They also might not believe her. They also might prosecute her for false reporting. They might laugh at her and snigger it was her own fault.

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Of course false report convictions are rare much the same way that false reports of rape are rare, but the fear of not being believed and the consequences that follow are a shadow over every victim’s decision on whether or not to report. They are rare, because women do not put themselves through the trauma of reporting because of what it entails, and the glaringly obvious fact that largely, she will not be believed.

In the best case scenario, if the victim is believed by the Gardaí she must tell her story over and over and over and over again; then if she is believed by the DPP and then after having repeated her story over and over again, a case will be taken. Following this she will listen while her credibility is systematically picked apart by the defence counsel. She will see her knickers passed around the court. Her own credibility will be on trial. They will discuss what she likes and what sex acts she would engage in. The papers will discuss the colour of her labia in print. People on the internet will speculate on where she was in her menstrual cycle and whether the vaginal lacerations she has were from rape or not. Her text messages to friends about being raped will become a matter of public record. A newspaper will write a story in which they wonder whether the blood was from internal bleeding from vaginal injuries or from her period as the defence counsel suggested. In some cases fear of retaliation from the perpetrators will be a worry, whether that retaliation manifests as a physical threat or a threat to make life difficult, or the retaliation might manifest as the forces of privilege in society standing together to paint you as a liar. Anonymous or not, she will be stigmatised and the minutiae of every move she makes will be under scrutiny. Some of the jury will believe that if a woman was drinking, she was asking for it, and other myths, like the style of clothes being an invitation to have grope. Men who barely know the alphabet, let alone the intricacies of criminal law will call for her to be put on trial. They will call for her to be named and shamed. They say this because a lot of society thinks that if you cannot secure a conviction in a rape trial, the victim complainant has been proven to be a liar. Rape trials always mean the victim is on trial as much as the defendants. In the Belfast case, people know who the complainant is, there is no need to name her. Men will share that information. The Belfast verdict in many quarters has been seen as a victory for men. Women will simply return to secret Facebook groups and chats and informal conversations in which the words, “be careful of him” are uttered.

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Feminist Ire, finishes her blog with the words

I know an awful lot of victims of rape. So do you. But I have never known anyone that has seen their rapist prosecuted. There are people who are friends of friends but it is truly remarkable that given the scale of it, convictions are rare.

I think the world is very different now, to when I was young. It wasn’t right then, to  keep quiet and carry on. But that is the way things were handled – big brothers, or fathers, took revenge. Your community stood by you.

But things are not right now, in the present, either. There are rape claims, false claims, genuine claims. Women dress in scantier clothing than we did. There is a much freer attitude to sex- thanks to the pill – especially for women. Furthermore the use of drugs, alcohol, and freely available porn further complicates the situation. And the press use different language now.

And then there is Social Media. People are speaking out.

With all our modern technology, we are still unable to know if people are speaking the truth – or not. What a shame it all is.

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Not to be read or thought about if you are squeamish

We are taught that workers in the concentration camps during the Holocaust, were monsters as they escorted prisoners to the gas chambers, and cremated them afterwards. MONSTERS! But they were just workers doing a job allocated to them by monsters.

We make a massive ‘LEST WE FORGET’ Holocaust collaboration every time there is a significant date to commemorate.

The nerve agent drama unfolding in the UK, blames Russia, whilst the workers at Porton Down in the UK, work daily on the project of killing millions of people in the same nefarious ways!

The workers, there, are at it, doing a job allocated to them by monsters.

Man’s ability for cruelty to man, our minds that can envisage using such weapons – in fact any weapons of mass destruction, puts us apart from animals. We are the only animals that plan evil. We are the only animals that put members of our own species to work at weapons to destroy other members of our sort.

We lie, we cheat, we kill, we manipulate, we spy, we condemn, we legislate, we propagandise, we deny. we prevaricate. We torture animals in the name of science and grow them unnaturally to eat them. Where else in the Cosmos could there be such a DISGUSTING species?

We imagine we are living in the “Age of Enlightenment”.

This morning I read this article in the Guardian about the Russian nerve agent program. As you read it, I urge you to understand we are looking into a mirror of what is happening here and in other countries. Do not read it if you are squeamish….

‘It’s got me’ – lonely death of Soviet scientist poisoned by novichok

Russian officials continue to deny ever having such a programme. “I want to state with all possible certainty that the Soviet Union or Russia had no programmes to develop a toxic agent called novichok,” said Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov last week.

On Tuesday, Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency ran an interview with the head of a Moscow lab from the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology who confirmed that the Soviet Union had developed novichok agents. The programme just had a different name: foliant.

One person with intimate knowledge of the foliant programme told the Guardian that Zheleznyakov was “hardly the first victim” during the development of novichok nerve agents.

Lev Fedorov, a civil activist who chronicled the Soviet chemical weapons programme and its victims, wrote that another scientist, LA Lipasov, died “in connection with the development of modern types of chemical weapons”.

But Fedorov died in 2017 and the Guardian was not able to identify Lipasov or other victims where the institute produced the novichok agents under their codename. The institute did not respond to questions about the development of the foliant programme, or its victims.

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De Vreij was a rare foreign journalist invited on the trip, flying in on a military jet and then by bus to Shikhany. After passing through three circles of barbed wire surrounding the city, they were brought to a community centre, where young children sang and danced for them.

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 Technicians operate a mobile chemical agents destruction unit. Photograph: SVF2/UIG via Getty Images

Then there were demonstrations. In one, De Vreij said, visiting negotiators and journalists were given gas masks (tested in a tent with tear gas), and then stood behind a protective screen.

Then Soviet chemical weapons troops in full protective equipment extracted sarin gas from a munition and injected it into a live rabbit. The rabbit died within 30 seconds.

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“I heard later the Americans were unsatisfied,” De Vreij said. “They didn’t show us the newest stuff. They wanted to see the binary weapons which the Americans themselves were developing at the time.”

About five months earlier in Moscow, Zheleznyakov was working on those very binary weapons on a hot May morning when a hood vent malfunctioned, releasing a small amount of novichok-5 into the air. A superior told him to drink some tea, which he promptly vomited. He was given an antidote, which was some help, and told to go home.

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 A man works in a laboratory at the Shikhany research centre. Photograph: Wojtek Laski/Getty Images

He made it as far as Ilyich Square, where a church “began shining and then fell to pieces,” before he collapsed and was taken to a hospital. There, KGB officials forced a triage doctor to sign a non-disclosure agreement and said that Zheleznyakov had eaten bad sausages.

In hospital, doctors eventually guessed at the source of the poisoning and gave Zheleznyakov atropine. The injections would save his life, but he would never fully recover, spending weeks in a coma, months unable to walk, and years suffering from deteriorating health, but maintaining silence on the foliant programme.

But when Mirzayanov was arrested and a superior said publicly that there were no binary weapons currently being developed at his Moscow lab, Zheleznyakov went public.

“I knew that was a lie,” Zheleznyakov told Novoye Vremya in 1992. Seven months later, he was dead.

“It was tragic that he lost his life to the very weapon he helped create and revealed to the world,” Mirzayanov wrote later. “Most of those who knew of his poisoning never did anything to help save his life.”

What tragic, desperate things have we become? We are employed by our Governments that are monstrous!

What else are they doing in secret?

 

 

The nerve agent Thlot Plickens!

I have been watching the World staging of the Russian Drama.

This morning I entertained myself reading this, and listening to the videos in it.

It is archived here for possible future use….

Russian Scientists Explain ‘Novichok’ – High Time For Britain To Come Clean

Mirzayanov,(the author of the ‘Novichok’ book)

speaking at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, said he is convinced Russia carried it out as a way of intimidating opponents of President Vladimir Putin.

The only other possibility, he said, would be that someone used the formulas in his book to make such a weapon.

A RECIPE? WOW!

The Tobacco Control Industry and their venom

In my life, the most frightening thing that has seeped its way into the consciousness of culture, is the venomous thinking of Tobacco Control Industry. The idea of prohibition, the idea that Second Hand Smoke causes disease in those who inhale it, the idea that smoking is obnoxious, foul, repulsive, shameful and that smokers need eradicating from the face of the earth, is a terrifying creed – totalitarian. Currently, The Tobacco Control Industry is meeting in Cape Town.

Clive Bates sums up the insanity of The Tobacco Control Industry HERE and HERE

Clive Bates is part of The Tobacco Control Industry. I wish the scales would fall from his eyes and he would see the whole evil picture of it.

Here is their future battle plan against The Tobacco Industry. But actually everything they do is against individual smokers – smoker genocide – ridding the world of smokers.

This is ‘The Plan’

The Tobacco Industry has a grip on Government? That is the pot calling the kettle black indeed. The Tobacco Control Industry has a grip on every government in the world. Their product is hatred.

I think the words Tobacco Industry in ‘the plan’ should be changed to Tobacco Control Industry. THAT would be a good ‘plan’, and the whole world would be better off!

Break tobacco CONTROLcontrol og govt