Laura Perrins: Hate crimes would 'inevitably be extended to include to misandry'

Laura Perrins: Hate crimes would 'inevitably be extended to include to misandry'

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Laura Perrins has said that the call for MPs to vote to make misogyny a hate crime would “inevitably have to be extended to misandry” because the system cannot only consider “hate against women an aggravating factor”. 

Julia Hartley-Brewer asked Ms Perrins if this vote could lead to considering hate crimes against men.

Ms Perrins, the co-editor of The Conservative Woman said: “Not at the moment but I would imagine under the terms of the Equality Act it will be inevitably extended to misandry.

“It would be very difficult to maintain a legal system where only hate against women was considered an aggravating factor.

“It is only an aggravating factor in relation to sentencing, it is not something a judge or jury would consider in whether the offence was actually committed.

“I think you’re inevitably going to have that offence extended then you just have this smorgasboard of identity groups saying ‘it is worse if you assault me’.”

 

‘Close a gap in the law’

Labour MP Stella Creasy is seeking an amendment to new anti-voyeurism legislation that will make taking unsolicited pictures under someone’s clothing a crime.

The Voyeurism (Offences) Bill will close a gap in the law and allow judges to jail offenders for up to two years.

It is due to be in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The amended law would allow a sentencing judge to take into account if the offender "demonstrated towards the victim of the offence hostility based on the victim having (or being presumed to have) a particular sex characteristic".

 

‘All kinds of crime have different degrees of aggravation’

Julia Hartley-Brewer then asked if it makes a crime any worse because of the reason why they did it, to columnist Laurie Penny.

Ms Penny, a columnist and author on feminism said: “I think it does because judges and juries make decisions about what makes crime better or worse all the time that is why we have different degrees of murder.”

She added: “It is not just the fact that somebody died, it is the fact that there were different motivations.

“All kind of crimes have different degrees of aggravation and people can make decisions on what seemed to be the motivation.

“Everyone has seen court dramas, we know how this works.

“I just think taking into account whether or not somebody hates women is quite good, there should be a precedent for someone to take that into account because god knows, there is enough people who cause more damage in the world because they really don’t like women.”

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