Michelle Thomson – Survivor

A strong survivor

S C Richmond

Michelle Thomson MP for Edinburgh West must go down as one of the bravest and strongest women that has spoken out in a public arena about rape. She used the UN International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women to speak out. Anyone who heard her speech couldn’t fail to be moved, the speaker of the house John Bercow certainly was, and I admire for his visible upset. A brave, honest speech that told it how it was. At the end of her speech she said possibly the most empowering thing she could for all women who have been touched by this horrendous crime, she is not a victim, she’s a survivor. If you haven’t heard her speech, I have put a transcript in that was published by the BBC. Or click here for more informationMs Thomson told the debate that she had been raped, “as is common”, by someone who…

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