Rape is indeed a very bad thing. But there’s rape, there’s sexual assault and then there’s groping someone.
The BBC will be plunged into a major crisis with the publication of a damning review, expected next month, that will reveal its staff turned a blind eye to the rape and sexual assault of up to 1,000 girls and boys by Jimmy Savile in the corporation’s changing rooms and studios.
The report will, however, express frustration that some of those closest to Savile or culpable for allowing him to go unchallenged have refused to co-operate. His criminality peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, when he was middle-aged and at the height of his career at the corporation, but continued right up until the last filming of Top of the Pops in 2006 when at the age of 79 he groped a girl aged between 13 and 16.
No, I don’t think that gr4oping a teenage girl is a good idea. However, I’m also damn certain that it’s very different indeed from raping someone….anyone.
Yet we’re getting all of this bundled together in one great number. To switch it to another crime against the person we’re adding up all the murders and the GBHs and the times when someone barged through a crowd bumping into people.
Hmm, maybe barging through a crowd isn’t exactly the same as groping someone but you get the meaning. And it’s not a particularly helpful way of looking at matters.
Wouldn’t mind a bit of clarity here rather than the hysteria that seems to be happening.