My interest in the recent scandals on the revolutionary left is a personal one – I was a victim of sexual assault at the hands of a male ‘socialist’ and ‘trade unionist’ less than a year ago (it’s now March 2013). It was not the first experience of sexual assault (far from it, I lost count long ago) but I certainly plan it to be the last one where I’ll remain helpless, defenceless and passive, that’s for sure.
As soon as I can recover my health I will not only get fitter again, I’m going to train in some form of martial arts. Self defence is both a necessary and appropriate response to such threats from male abusers of women.
I agreed to not name this individual by the investigating party – it is not my choice but as I do recognise and am disgusted by the opportunist hypocrisy of bourgeouis newspapers r.e. The Independent and Guardian which use the ‘Comrade Delta SWP case’ to attack socialist and trade union organisations, I keep the name of this criminal in question anonymous as I do NOT wish my testimony to be used against socialists, left wing parties and trade unions by these capitalist immoral bloodsuckers (r.e. liberal ‘left’ journalists who attack Leninism in a wholy unprinicpled and dishonest manner).
Instead this is a message to my own ranks on the socialist left and in the labour movement as a whole: if you are complicit in covering up male abusers of women and protecting them, whilst leaving the woman in question out in the cold and without support from her comrades when she needs them most, you reap what you sow: you WILL be implicated in these scandals and will suffer the inevitable political damage including both attacks from the bourgeoius press and the ultra left sectarian groups.
BUT! This does not mean you can therefore dismiss it out of hand and bury your heads in the sand whilst the working class look on us in despair and disgust and we thereby undermine our own cause, including above all, our urgent need to recruit women workers and their families. This weakens the workers movement as a whole.
Women who experience rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, misogynistic bullying and sexism at their hands of our so called socialist ‘brothers’ have the right to be heard, listened to and yes, believed by you. We demand justice from our own side – so long as you TRY to keep us silent, discount our testimonies, call us liars, in effect – all to protect these men – the men who have hurt and violated us in the most degrading and demeaning ways imaginable – you deny us, women and the working class justice. Worse, you are making it harder for comrades to challenge this blatant counter reaction and division of the workers movement and thereby the international socialist struggle.
Finally, I must end on an optimistic note.
The new generation – young, energetic, fresh and the future leaders of the workers revolution both in Britain and internationally – do not share this tired, conservative outlook whatsoever. They – we – are the music of the future. It’s time socialists, marxists, trade unionists and community campaigners everwhere start listening and learn and correct past mistakes. Viva la revolution, Sara (my personal views only)