This contribution has been sent by one who was herself, and to her regret, involved (and sadly, she was one of many) with the author Jim Perrin, The Guardian Country Diary writer and former climber. We have described elsewhere on our site the many dishonest inconstancies and flagrant deceptions of which Jim Perrin, as a husband, partner and, not least, father, has habitually been guilty for the last two decades and as we have rightly said in a previous post: ‘he leaves a trail of emotional devastation…’
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“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.”
[From a well-wisher.] (Name and address supplied — as they say…)
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 actually). 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 recent 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 →
When the author Jan Morris reviewed ‘West:’ in IWA’s journal, AGENDA on 25/12/2010, she posed this question: ‘Is it good or bad to be proprioceptive?’ We replied to this review in a post of our own: ‘Our response to a review by Jan Morris.’ ‘The point ”proprioceptive” is most pertinent to our sister’s story. Jim Perrin has made cleverly libel-less statements in these passages. We know to whom he refers, as do others also. He knows that we know (as they say) and it is a serious matter which we will be writing about in a future post.’
This is the post:
Jim Perrin had written about our sister — with a reference to her former husband which was virtually libellous, and described, with an almost abnormally distasteful relish, injuries which he claimed she had received at his hands. He said: ‘a previous man in her life had beaten her savagely about the head, and her corrective balance was gone.’ And on page 220, describing an accident, he wrote: ‘she had fallen in the night at the flat where she was staying, had cracked her lumbar vertebra.’ He could not have known this — there was no medical examination. (See Jac’s accident to read his description of another accident which befell her.)
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