London, United Kingdom:
British Justice Minister Dominic Raab came under criticism on Wednesday for saying “abuse is wrong, whether it is a man against a woman or a woman against a man”.
His confusion about the definition arose during an interview with the BBC in which he was asked why the government rejected calls to make hate a hate crime after the murder of London woman Sarah Everard.
Nazir Afzal, who prosecuted grooming gangs and celebrity sexual abusers, wrote on Twitter: “If you don’t know what misogyny is, you’ll never find it.”
Misogyny is hatred towards women, while misogyny targets men.
“I meant … if we’re talking, effectively, insults with a sexist premise, I don’t think criminalizing things like this will deal with the problem we’ve got at the center of the Sarah Everard case. . . ” said Raab.
“Criminalizing abusive language – even if it is wrong – does not deal with the high levels of intimidation, violence and crime and damage and harm that we should really be laser-focused on,” the former foreign secretary said. said.
The government on Tuesday announced an independent investigation into “systematic failures” in policing after an officer serving in London was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Everard.
The death of a 33-year-old marketing consultant shook the nation and sparked outrage over violence against women and girls in Britain.
Wayne Couzens, 48, who served in the Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Protection Unit, falsely arrested Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house, on the pretext that she had broken coronavirus restrictions at the time.
Raab was speaking at his Conservative Party’s annual convention in Manchester, northwest England, shortly before Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s keynote address.