Sexual Harrassment

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

SEXUAL HARRASSMENT

Date: 25th November 2017

SEXUAL HARRASMENT

I am getting rather sick and tired of all these claimants rushing forward pointing fingers ‘J’accuse’. This action is clouding the real, sickening, and appalling cases of rape and abuse. It is said that in the past rape victims did not come forward because the police did not take them seriously - now we seem to have gone totally in the opposite direction. Our local MP who has done immense good work for the Region now stands accused of ‘What?” - He doesn’t know and no one has had the courtesy to tell him. Isn’t this the country which enshrined in law ‘Innocent until proven guilty’.

Frankly I felt violated recently at Heathrow Airport going through security. I had kept on a rather heavy silver necklace and it set off the security - fine. So far so good. But the woman who frisked me was more than intrusive. Instead of the pat down one usually receives I had my whole body ‘rubbed’ and she even put her hand down the back of my trousers. I’ve travelled a lot this year and have experienced a very intimate ‘frisk’ on more than one occasion - but this was the worst to the point that I actually said ‘I’d rather be frisked by a man’. The hand down the trousers was possibly because of my HRT Patch but I found the whole experience nauseating - however it has not ‘ruined my life’.

Many years ago when all the security first came into being, I was very intimately frisked and my natural reaction was to pull away. The woman immediately said ‘I’m calling my supervisor if you resist the search’ as though I was the guilty one. Of course all this security is necessary in today’s sad world but I think now and have done for some time that there are certain men and women who work in the Security Industry and use their ‘job’ for the vicarious pleasure of feeling up a member of the same sex - and getting away with it. Other countries (even the less affluent ones) have the full Xray cabinet, so why can’t we? Cost I suppose.

It is never right to touch someone inappropriately or to subject anyone to ‘couch casting’. I am not excusing it but back in my hey days of working in TV, I lost jobs because I didn’t sleep with producers, or I lost the job which should have been mine because someone else was already sleeping with him?? ??I’m no goody goody but I can hold my head up high and say that whatever I achieved in my career was got by honest means.

In my time, I’ve been touched inappropriately and either knee-d the offending person in the groin, stuck my stiletto down hard onto his foot or told him where to go. None of this affected my life adversely.

I was even goosed on the Escalator at St. Pancras station last year. I’m afraid I accused the innocent man behind me whilst the perpetrator was way up the escalator by then.

And then we get to ‘silly season’ where recently I read that some woman had demanded that receiving a ‘wolf whistle’ should be deemed an offence. Get a life please Madam.

I’m now an oldie and I suppose the last wolf whistle I received was about 15 years ago in London. I actually retraced my steps and thanked the guy on the building site and we both had a laugh. I thought it a compliment that a woman of 60 should still receive an approving whistle.

Let me repeat that people like Jimmy Savile deserved to be exposed and shamed. It’s a pity he was dead and beyond any due punishment. It is also to their shame that so many kept quiet over the years because he was a powerful man and brought much cash to Charities. I met him once on a ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ and couldn’t understand why this sleazy grubby man in his nylon track suits commanded such a following.

Look at how many innocent people the faceless “Nick’ accused - the police believed him and many suffered because of it.

We are now seeing the equivalent of ‘witch-hunts’ and these are clouding the issue of those who genuinely have been raped and abused and perhaps once again they won’t be heard because so much time and money has been wasted on incorrect accusations and enquiries.

We are going backwards not forwards. 

 

Normal service will be resumed soon and I'll tell you about my adventures in Peru and the Amazon but I just had to get this off my chest as it has been keeping me awake at night

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