The petition to deny US ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc a UK visa (which I didn’t sign) reached more than 156,000 signatures. Yet a petition pressuring David Cameron to fund rape crisis centres, or to close down Yarl’s Wood – the immigration detention centre for women ( widely criticised for its treatment of vulnerables) gets barely noticed. A petition (which I signed) to close Yarl’s Wood was set up earlier this year, and has attracted fewer than 50,224 supporters signatures with another 24,776 needed. The reason I didn’t sign the Julien Blanc petition not because I didn’t agree with it but I knew that I didn’t have to. The media had already decided to make him an example and it was job done.
So how do we get them to apply the same pressure about the shutting down of our rape crisis centres. A time when rape is now seemingly not a…
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