“Jill Meagher‘s family criticise Catholic priest over ‘disgusting’ claim
Priest reportedly told students at a Melbourne primary school that if Meagher had been more ‘faith filled’ she would have been home and ‘not walking down Sydney Road at 3am’”
There are no words to describe how angry this makes me. The Catholic Church has apparently apologised. The priest has not apologised for his comments but the Church says that he has “acknowledged” to them that it was inappropriate & apologised for “the offence and upset it has caused” (the standard weasel-words apology that is not an apology) – no apology from the priest to the family or an admission that he was wrong to tell pre-pubescent children that rape is the victim’s fault.
Every woman should take the attacks on other women personally. Because the attacks are not aimed at the particular person, they are aimed at women. Women who “don’t know their place!”
Watson is not the only one being told to “get back” by misogynists who wield sexual terror as a weapon. She is in the company of many other women, all over the world, who have made the decision to participate in public life and suffered the consequences. Writers on feminist issues, deluged with rape threats: get back. Activists from Syria, to Sudan, to the Congo, raped in prison: get back. South African lesbians, raped to “correct” their sexuality: get back.