I was looking at the Adam Smith Institute’s website recently and they pointed me at a document which shows that the government doesn’t like violence against women and girls. Good neither do I. I don’t bomb people (including women and girls) or impose embargoes on countries denying the people medicine or supply weapons and logistic support to any manner of lunatic, but that’s another story.
Specifically the government doesn’t like violence against its own women and girls, (again unless it is the aggressor of course). And to that end they have a strategy. Here it is if you can stand it.
It’s pretty much top-down, spend a load of money nonsense. On rape for example, they’ve run adverts to tell potential rapists not to rape, sic. Really, running adverts to tell rapists not to rape. There’s also a sexual violence advisers training package (who knows?), sex offender management and a campaign to warn hookers of violent johns.
So what might be missing from such a strategy? Well some grass roots approaches, common sense, international comparisons and what are other countries doing right. Can we mimic them in some way to reduce the amount of violence?
Since the Home Office isn’t keen to do so, allow me. There are 80,000 rapes in the UK each year whereas in say Switzerland there are 150. That’s not a misprint. Adjusted for population women are 84 times more likely to be raped in the UK than in Switzerland. Consider the enormity of that. Eighty-four times more likely to be raped in the UK.
So what lessons can we draw?
Well, Swiss women like Swiss men can be armed. If you were a potential rapist would you prefer your victim to be defenceless as UK law currently requires or would you rather her to have a Glock-22 about her person? But this is not a call for the arming of the population, just a call to allow women to be allowed minimal self-defence in the form of pepper spray. Currently it’s prohibited as a fire arm (sic). Of course rapists and other criminals don’t worry about the law so they can obtain some easily enough. Don’t believe me? Try a five minute google search for a Chinese supplier and the world is your oyster. It’s just giving women a chance to defend themselves. Pointlessly calling for more rape convictions is missing the point; the rapes have allegedly taken place. Giving women the right to protect themselves is not. The right of self-defence is absolute. Let’s make it meaningful by giving women the means to actually do so. Let’s stop helping rapists. Legalise pepper spray.
Inspiration for this post was here: