The #1400 helpline which is being set up to assist people who have been groomed, raped, or sexually abused is being lambasted by people on the left – from schoolteachers to authors, they are actively discouraging victims from calling the helpline. The biggest outrage has come from leftist females (whatever happened to the #MeToo movement?). These leftists are overwhelming their social media sites with calls to protest and boycott the #1400 helpline. The reason? Tommy Robinson approves of it. Rape survivor Shazia Hobbs, one of the founders and organizers, is friends with Tommy Robinson. None of this will do, according to the left. They would prefer that girls and boys continue to be raped rather than receive any kind of help from someone who is even a millimeter to the right of the political spectrum.
As far as I’m aware, #1400 will be signposting only, and all victims are welcome to call the helpline – it’s not set up simply for victims of Muslim rapists. Callers will relate what is happening, what has happened to them, or what they fear is about to happen to them, and the adviser on the other end of the telephone will direct the victim to the proper agencies. The adviser will first of all make sure that the caller is in no immediate danger; if he or she is, then the adviser will stay on the phone with the caller until the caller gets to a well-lit place with lots of pedestrians around who will be able to assist should any trouble arise. The adviser will then see what help is available to the caller, depending on what area of the country he or she is located in. Severe cases will be put forward for free counseling sessions with accredited counselors, and this can occur in a face-to-face setting or over the phone. The victim will also get to choose what other agencies his or her psychotherapist will contact – parents, police, schools, doctor, etc. This is all standard practice when dealing with victims of abuse, and I fully expect #1400 to follow this blueprint. At no point will a caller be obliged to swear allegiance to UKIP before she or he can access support, because #1400 is politically colour blind and religiously neutral.