Where on earth to begin?
I’m not going to waste your time with some clumsy attempt to set out my feminist credentials but – in a world of pussy-grabbing presidents and molesting movie moguls – I do want to put on record the fact that I’m troubled by the way in which we (men, mostly) treat and regard women.
Really, deeply troubled.
I speak as a husband, a dad, a man. I speak as a police officer.
And this is what I see.
According to the Office of National Statistics, in the year to March 2017, the police in England & Wales recorded more than 41,000 allegations of rape. We also recorded nearly 80,000 ‘other’ sexual offences. Numbers rise and numbers fall, but the sheer volume is staggering. And the overwhelming majority of victims are women and girls.
My sense of horror is compounded by the knowledge that sexual offences remain significantly under-reported; that the real numbers will be higher still.
How the hell did it come to this? How did we, as a supposedly civilised society, manage to stand by and let it happen? How did we...
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