MP takes a stand against violence

First published in News

MORE needs to be done to raise awareness about violence against women, according to a Bolton MP.

Julie Hilling, who represents Bolton West, has pledged her backing to One Billion Rising.

Thousands of people across Britain got together at 150 different events and.Ms Hilling joined campaigners in Parliament as MPs also debated a motion calling on the Government to make relationship education a requirement in schools.

Ms Hilling said: “When we live in a country where 750,000 children witness acts of domestic abuse a year and a third of girls in relationships aged 13 to 17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, when one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, it’s time for all of us to stand up and say enough.”

Speaking in the Commons, former youth worker Ms Hilling said two women are killed every week in the UK and outlined stories of women and girls she had previously worked with, who had blamed themselves for being beaten or abused.

Ms Hilling said during her time as a youth worker she was shocked at how young people got much of their understanding of sex and relationship issues.

She told the Commons: “Just think about where young people currently get much of their education about sex and relationships.

“Some may come from parents but much more will come from peers and pornography.

“When I worked with young people, I was horrified by the publications they were reading and the films they were watching.”

A 2010 YouGov poll found that almost a third of 16-18-year-old girls said they had been subjected to unwanted sexual touching at school, and the NSPCC found that a third of girls in relationships aged 13-17 had experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, while one in 16 said they had been raped.

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11:06am Sat 23 Feb 13

berushka says...

When we live in a country where 750,000 children witness acts of domestic abuse a year and a third of girls in relationships aged 13 to 17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, when one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, it’s time for all of us to stand up and say enough.”

What??? This woman would be better off educating girls that a relationship at thirteen is not only illegal, but downright disgusting. But, then again, this seems to be the trend in Britain, with young girls staying out late, drinking and having relationships at an age when children should be at home, safe and with caring parents. She really does want to be seen to be interested in every new little theme that is flavour of the month, yet does very little for the people she was voted in to represent. What a total waste of space she is.
When we live in a country where 750,000 children witness acts of domestic abuse a year and a third of girls in relationships aged 13 to 17 have experienced physical or sexual violence in relationships, when one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, it’s time for all of us to stand up and say enough.” What??? This woman would be better off educating girls that a relationship at thirteen is not only illegal, but downright disgusting. But, then again, this seems to be the trend in Britain, with young girls staying out late, drinking and having relationships at an age when children should be at home, safe and with caring parents. She really does want to be seen to be interested in every new little theme that is flavour of the month, yet does very little for the people she was voted in to represent. What a total waste of space she is. berushka
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12:38pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Reality50 says...

20 per cent of domestic violence is against men but of course this is criminally ignored and the PC brigade like to ignore that fact.
20 per cent of domestic violence is against men but of course this is criminally ignored and the PC brigade like to ignore that fact. Reality50
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12:39pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Reality50 says...

I cannot remember a time when Bolton had such poor MPs. Hilling and Qureshi are abysmal.
I cannot remember a time when Bolton had such poor MPs. Hilling and Qureshi are abysmal. Reality50
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3:42pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Boltontoday says...

Julie Hilling, who represents Bolton West, has pledged her backing to One Billion Rising.
What exactly does this mean?
Julie Hilling, who represents Bolton West, has pledged her backing to One Billion Rising. What exactly does this mean? Boltontoday
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11:54am Mon 25 Feb 13

Hough64 says...

Reality50 wrote:
20 per cent of domestic violence is against men but of course this is criminally ignored and the PC brigade like to ignore that fact.
Actually it isnt ignored. There is lots of help for men out there who are victims. Obviously there is more help for women because it happens more to women. I knew a guy that was being mentally and physically abused by his partner and he received the exact same same help as a woman would get and the abuser was also prosecuted and punished for her crime!
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: 20 per cent of domestic violence is against men but of course this is criminally ignored and the PC brigade like to ignore that fact.[/p][/quote]Actually it isnt ignored. There is lots of help for men out there who are victims. Obviously there is more help for women because it happens more to women. I knew a guy that was being mentally and physically abused by his partner and he received the exact same same help as a woman would get and the abuser was also prosecuted and punished for her crime! Hough64
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