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Victoria Coren Mitchell’s Implication of Contributory Negligence in the Polanski Rape Case

In 1977 a middle-aged predatory paedophile selected his victim. Thirteen year old Samantha Geimer was thrilled to be chosen to be photographed by film director Roman Polanski for French Vogue. He then isolated, groomed, drugged and raped her. Fearing a hefty sentence Polanski fled to Paris where, the following year, he was interviewed by Martin more »

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Classism & Roman Polanski

CW: The below piece mentions rape. Please read only if in a safe place to do so. This piece will be cross-posted to End Victim Blaming Now tomorrow. Like many others today, I have read Victoria Coren-Mitchell’s piece for The Observer on Roman Polanski and found it troubling to the extreme. I am sorry he more »

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Roman Polanski: Victim/Victimiser?

“These are unfamiliar feelings; our modern world does not invite us to treat anybody as nuanced. People are heroes or villains, victims or victimisers; sometimes neither, but never both.” While I acknowledge the truth in the above statement, I am troubled by the invitation to feel sympathy for the man who drugged and sodomised a more »

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Roman Polanski and the sin of nuance

Roman Polanski and the sin of nuance Victoria Coren’s article in the Observer (Sunday 28th September 2013) was one that I read with mounting disbelief and horror. In this muddled piece, Coren stated on Twitter (after its publication) that it is “putting S point across. I’m shocked by how many think she’s wrong so should more »

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THAT Polanski Piece – sin or simplification?

I’m furious. I am angry for everyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, bullied, drugged, harassed, exposed, shamed and vilified because someone with POWER decided they were an object to be taken advantage of, something less than human, something to be used and discarded. Far too often, I feel a stab of pain when a more »

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Further erasure of a victim who has spent much of her life asking to be heard.

A piece by Victoria Coren in today’s Guardian claims to be a call for balanced debate on the complexities surrounding Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.  It is not: is, in fact, both rape apology and a further erasure of a victim who has spent much of her life asking to be more »

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An Open Letter to Victoria Coren Mitchell and The Guardian

Dear Victoria, This morning an article written by yourself was published under the headline “Roman Polanski and the sin of simplification”. I am slightly confused as to the audience and purpose of your article.  You see, as a teacher, I ask my students to identify the audience and purpose of a piece of writing in more »

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On Victoria Coren’s plea for nuance in our understanding of Polanski’s rape of a child.

Victoria Coren argues for nuance as if we don’t understand that rapists can be perfectly ordinary men. Rapists laugh with their children, create beautiful art, they’re philosophers, economists, binmen, in short they are people with nuance. We understand this. Victoria Coren argues that S takes responsibility for drinking and being in a situation where Polanski more »

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Language used by Prosecutors

Monday 5th August. Neil Wilson appears at Snaresbrook Crown Court charged with 2 counts of making extreme pornography & 1 count of sexual activity with a child. Wilson pleaded guilty to all of the offences put before him. The prosecutor described the 13 year old as “predatory in all her actions, and she is sexually more »

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‘They deserve all they get’; thoughts on victim blaming

This piece was first published here in November 2012. Unfortuately it is still very relevant – thanks to author for permission to cross post. The Guardian this weekend reports on one person’s reaction to the disclosures from victims of Jimmy Savile.  In referring to children at a residential, the interviewee states, “They didn’t tell me about more »

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