Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Know Your Enemy

"Ignorance is no excuse for this idiocy."

Former England rugby player Brian Moore, who was abused as a child, offers a remarkably restrained response to Eric Bristow's Twitter posts claiming that the footballers coming forward to report historic abuse are "wimps" for not "sorting out" their childhood abusers when they grew up.

Bristow's ramblings - defended by the man himself as "the truth" that others are afraid of saying (aka the Trump/Farage Defence) - have earned him the sack from his role as a pundit on Sky Sports, but their potential wider ramifications are troubling, especially (as Owen Jones notes) if such public proclamations prevent further victims from taking the courageous step to admit to experiences that have haunted them for years.

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