Child abuse doesn’t have a race. Support survivors, say no to the EDL

 **** TW – child abuse ****

On the 29th of June the Essex ‘English Defence League’ will be in Chelmsford attempting to make their inherent racism and hatred somehow palatable by pretending that they only take issue with ‘radical Islam’ through the exploitation of a child abuse case to promote their hateful agenda.

– We live in a patriarchal society in which sexual abuse is rife amongst people of all backgrounds. Male power and male sexuality in our society are deeply problematic.

– We live in a racist society in which people who are not white are not seen as individuals but are held to be collectively responsible for the actions of their ‘community’.

– We stand against all injustice and all oppression based on class, race or gender.

– The EDL are trying to force this to become an issue based solely on race and religion whilst vulnerable children continue to be exploited and harmed ignoring the lives and experience of survivors of abuse.

This kind of exploitation of abuse as an excuse to incite racial and religious hatred further proves their agenda. The EDL has constantly been proven to be run by extremely racist and violent thugs; making no attempt whatsoever to help and support survivors. As the EDL prepare for another racist rally no comfort will be brought to survivors and no justice will be served against the perpetrators. The EDL will allow this to become a racial issue, whilst children continue to be exploited and harmed.

If their concern for victims of child abuse was genuine, why not march against the systematic abuse perpetrated by the clergy, especially that of the Catholic church? Why have they not campaigned for the release of the “lost” Whitehall files relating to abuse and cover-ups at the heart of the British government? The abuse by white celebrities? Or even their own members?

We stand against: patriarchy, against all abuse, against fascism/racism and the marginalisation of women and the working class. We will not succumb to bigoted, dangerous and hateful hijacking of the experience of survivors of abuse.

For more information on signs of abuse, how to facilitate conversations around suspicions of grooming and more, please contact NSPCC: www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse / 0808 800 5000

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