—With particular reference to author Jim Perrin, ‘Guardian’ Country Diary contributor and former climber:
We who have suffered physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially from our relationships with this man can now feel a sense of community and hopefully some strength.
As these abuses are revealed in several areas of life, anyone who has suffered at the hands of Jim Perrin should feel more confident to speak out and know we are not alone.
And certainly not in his case as this very helpful website has vividly illustrated.
A ground-breaking documentary on BBC 1 (‘Behind Closed Doors’, 14/03/2016.) examines domestic abuse towards women and features three victims who have spoken out. The sad truth is that still, in the majority of such cases, the person attacked feels it impossible—and for many complex reasons—to challenge their abuser or ‘to go public’ with their experiences; thus they are unable to access the professional help which is available, and which could be a life-saver to them (both figuratively and actual). Much more publicity should be given to this under-the-radar outrage and any action which contributes to the help and support of those subjected to it is to be welcomed.
One invaluable step forward is the introduction of a law concerning emotional and psychological manifestations of abuse—until now very difficult to quantify—sometimes, but not always, a precursor to physical violence although perhaps more subtle as there are no physical bruises. Continue reading
It may seem, from some of our posts, that we are having a little fun at Jim Perrin’s expense. It is true: sometimes we cannot resist teasing, as by his actions and pronouncements, whether under his own name—or, as we believe, using one of his several aliases—he frequently engenders this response…
However, our underlying concern is anything but humour. The fact is that we are not able to write of all his darker deeds (details of which have been shared with us by those he has harmed) without bringing embarrassment or humiliation upon his victims; such is the nature and design of his behaviour. Continue reading