The saga of Bishop Wallace Benn and the pro-rape booklet goes on and on. Having first withdrawn his endorsement of the booklet, then apologised, he has now offered what appears to be an attempt at an explanation.
Wallace Benn, the Suffragan Bishop of Lewes, has sent me an apology for his endorsement of a booklet the promotes the legalisation of rape within marriage and the criminalisation of same-sex relationships.
Wallace Benn, the Church of England’s Bishop of Lewes, has today withdrawn his endorsement of a booklet by the fundamentalist campaigner Stephen Green. He issued a statement after several bloggers drew attention to his endorsement yesterday.
Update: Following my blog and comments yesterday (below), and those by Bishop Alan Wilson and others, Bishop Wallace Benn has 'wholly and completely' disassociated himself from the extremist pamphlet by Stephen Green. Subsequent to this post and my previous one, Bishop Benn's office has issued a further statement with an apology and a clarification that he has asked Stephen Green to remove the endorsement from his website
A frequently repeated myth about restorative justice is that it can’t work for “serious” or “violent crimes”. As restorative practices become more widely available however, this myth is being busted. Its role in shifting the power imbalance around crime towards the victim is becoming increasingly apparent. Its ability to help victims overcome the fear of crime and move on, in a way that more punitive practices often don't, is also being appreciated. Two examples that have been cited recently involve cases of rape.
Last Saturday, (11 June 2011) during a conference on the future direction of the Labour Party, I was engaged in a tea-break conversation with a town councillor. He had some innovative ideas as to how local authorities could reduce costs by co-operative action and the collective purchase of goods and services. So far, so interesting. Then, without any reason apparent to me, he suddenly introduced a coarse reference to male solo sexual activity.
Twelve-year-old Tia Rigg was raped and murdered by her uncle, John Maden, in April 2010. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment. In May 2011, a serious case review identified major failings on the part of Salford social services and other agencies.