…that’s the message from this story. Robert Thomson who attacked 8 women across Glasgow on one evening last June has received a lower sentence than expected. The judge gave him four years in Polmont instead of 6, citing his coming from a good family.
You might think that one way you can tell a well-brought up teenager would be his not attempting rape multiple times when he gets drunk. That’s why you aren’t a judge, because you’re forgetting that this teenager lives in the West End, not the East End, so he is “good”.
All in all a pretty depressing story, and a reminder of the importance of events like the Reclaim the Night march next Tuesday, meeting at the STUC on Woodlands Road. The organisers”welcome women and men supporters of our work in challenging male violence against women.”
Too often this is treated as a “womens issue”. It’s not.
It’s all of our responsibility to make a society where women are safe to move around our communities without fear of attack. The police or judicial system don’t keep people safe: people do. You do. We do.
See you there.