Meanwhile, a timely reminder washes up in my inbox from LGBT support organisation, Galop.
They remind us all, in their latest newsletter, that an important Ministry of Justice consultation on Victim Services is about to close. This sunday (22 April)!
Yeah, yeah… yawn, yawn! However, this is one consultation that’s worth a moment to stop and think about.
Espesh the bit where the preamble sets out the government’s desire to “protect compensation payments for those most seriously injured while removing less serious injuries like sprains from the scheme and restricting payments to those with criminal convictions“.
Oh, right. Like so many other simple, common sense ideas, this one starts to dissolve the moment you look at the detail. Because the reality of having a two tier system, with those who have themselves fallen foul of the criminal system less entitled to compensation than the clean upstanding is something i have written about before.
It leads to outrageous results, like the 16-plus women, victims of rapist rapist cop, Stephen Mitchell, being denied compensation (in any case no more than a paltry £11,000) because of previous convictions of their own.
No matter that many of the offences committed by these women were themselves, in many instances, born of poverty, of desperation.
Shoplift – and bye-bye compensation: even if you are subsequently raped!
And while that point of view may appeal to the average Express reader, i hope it will find much less favour out here.
As Galop puts it: it’s worth responding to this consultation, even if you only have fifteen minutes.
Even if you only have time to write them a single sentence. Which is, roughly, that victims are victims: and compensation should be allowed in respect of the damage they have suffered – and not shopped back because they are somehow not deemed sufficiently worthy.