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Harlow’s Domestic Abuse charity slams Home Secretary James Cleverly for “date rape” comment and invites him to visit them

Charity / Wed 27th Dec 2023 at 03:39pm

A HARLOW-based domestic abuse charity has invited the Home Secretary James Cleverly to visit them following his comments regarding a “date rape” drug.

Mr Cleverly told female guests at a No 10 event before Christmas that “a little bit of Rohypnol in her (His wife) drink every night” was “not really illegal if it’s only a little bit”, the Sunday Mirror reported.

Safe Places has issued the following statement on their social media channels.

“We are appalled by the home secretary’s recent ‘joke’ about spiking his wife’s drink with a date rape drug, made hours after describing tackling violence against women and girls his personal priority.

As home secretary, it is his duty to protect all of us, including survivors. The blatant disrespect of the seriousness of spiking and violence against women as a whole is not befitting anyone, least of all the Home Secretary.

“We do not accept the excuse that it was an ‘ironic joke’ for private conversation. The same tired excuse of ‘just banter with mates’. Language has power. It’s not banter, it’s not harmless & it fuels the continuation of gender-based violence & a belief that it’s a joking matter

“Ending Violence Against Women & Girls is not a soundbite to be used by politicians to win votes. It’s an urgent & non-negotiable necessity that requires action & empathy from policy makers. James Cleverly failed to hit the mark & must work to regain the trust he has lost.

“We would like to invite Mr Cleverly to visit our safe accommodation and meet some survivors to understand the damage that is inflicted on survivors. Maybe then he will see the importance of refraining from making such jokes, in private or public.”

YH will speak to Harlow MP Robert Halfon, who has invited Mr Cleverly to the town before.

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11 Comments for Harlow’s Domestic Abuse charity slams Home Secretary James Cleverly for “date rape” comment and invites him to visit them:

Luke Burton
2023-12-27 21:29:13

No doubt our MP Robert Halfon supports Cleverly just like how he backed Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to the hilt as published by YourHarlow.

Angrybansheefromhell
2023-12-27 23:17:08

An MP speaking up for women and girls, then he says that women and girls should be spiked and raped.. That is exactly what’s wrong with politics at the moment. What’s wrong with people? He’s not a comedian so why is he trying to make jokes. Leave the disgusting rape jokes to Ricky gervais and that other low life Jimmy Carr, even then they are not funny. Even Worse, Sunak has just let it slide and he’s still got his job. Why is there a bloke in charge of speaking up for violence against women and girls? They know nothing. It should be a woman. Why is there a lack of women in politics you ask? Maybe this is why . Women are too scared because men abuse them in their clique misogynist circle. He’s probably going to be in I’m a celebrity get me out of here next year, or even worse have his own Netflix special with dapper laughs. This is doing nothing for this party. Sunak should sack him and employ a female to take over such matters. Disgusting!

Mark Ingall
2023-12-28 07:30:18

Rishi Sunak, shrugs his shoulders and says "the matter is closed". A complete lack of leadership. Cleverly should be sacked.

Kay Morrison
2023-12-28 08:50:28

So out-of-touch it's disgusting. Such an insensitive, cavalier attitude to violence against women should result in a sacking. What is the matter with those guys? Quite a lot, unfortunately.

Me.
2023-12-28 09:57:45

Vile man and its disgusting that so many men still behave this way. Nothing will ever change and women are no more safer now than they ever was.Harlow alone has done nothing to make women and girls safer,its a total disgrace.

Alex
2023-12-28 13:49:47

The problem with the current goverment is the lack of respect for the people they govern. They're only in it for what they can get out of it, lacking compassion and believing the electorate are imbeciles. Halfon is in defence mode trying pathetically to cling onto his seat. He has no morals and is typical of most of his comrades.

Patricia Searle
2023-12-28 14:30:53

Now what he said was very stupid, and the wrong crowd for it - but it was a joke. Banshee, to say he said ‘women and girls should be spiked and raped’ is a disingenuous paraphrase. There’s no indication he believes this or indeed meant that from his joke. It was a joke - a stupid joke. He should apologise and we move forward.

Alex
2023-12-28 15:21:28

Move on to where Patricia? To women this has happened to it is no joking matter. The very fact he thought it was points to his true feelings on the matter. What makes it worse is he is the person in charge or making sure its implemented.

Angrybansheefromhell
2023-12-28 15:47:39

Patricia. The House of Commons isn’t live at The Apollo, it’s a place that makes important decisions so if you think it’s a setting for comedy, I’m sorry to tell you, that you bought the wrong ticket. Politicians are NOT comedians , even though Boris Johnson didn’t know that . It’s not funny and it’s not a laughing matter. This is serious. I worry about your mental state if you think making light of rape is funny.

Patricia
2023-12-28 17:23:28

Angrybanshee - you’ve unfortunately done it again. Can you please point to where I said it was funny in my comment? Or where I suggested it was appropriate? I very much appreciate your concern for my mental health, but I’m quite alright, thanks. Neither you, nor I was there. From your perspective it seems he was saying spiking and assaulting women is acceptable (as per your first comment). From my perspective he was attempting a joke, and we weren’t there to know the context. He should and has apologised. We’re in an age now where everyone needs to be sacked for every time they speak out of turn, that’s a bad road to go down. All the best Patricia

Bsnsheefromhell
2023-12-28 17:50:13

Hi Patricia. Ok, you didn’t say it was funny, I take that back. I don’t police what people should find funny or not , but Joking about somebodies trauma and injury when he was in charge of speaking up for the trauma and injury to women is a disgrace. I do believe in free speech but not when the person saying it is paid to help the people he is joking about . I thought he was a decent mp , he looked it. It just goes to show the ones in suits arnt always trusted. Free speech shouldn’t he policed but it should be in politics as these people are supposed to be helping society and protecting us. He’s the wrong person for protecting women. It should be a woman am doing that job , but where are all the women - makes you wonder doesn’t it! As far as free speech goes , he’s been caught out, but free speech was completely to the dogs when that particular party wanted us to lockdown when they partied. We wernt allowed to speak out against their rules , but it’s ok to say a rape joke. Free speech is ok when it suits them.

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