Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [11]

Session date: 
February 22, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Andrew Boff AM:  Mr Mayor, on 1 February 2016 City Hall hosted the launch of the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week, accompanied by the hashtag #ItsNotOk.  The launch heard testimony from both female and male victims of sexual violence.  Attending that event, as I did, I was therefore encouraged by what you have done in your budget, which is to recognise that there is a need for male victims of sexual violence to have some kind of support in order to encourage them to come forward.  That will be welcomed by virtually everybody in that field.

 

However, we still are faced with an issue that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) carries on classifying in its statistics all sexual abuse as violence against women and girls (VAWG).  Without undermining any of those strategies about VAWG, it does actually undermine the efforts that we need to recognise violence against men and boys.

 

Could you make a recommendation to your successor that perhaps this is an area that he or she needs to look into in order to ensure that there is a level playing field when we are talking about sexual abuse?

Answer

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [11]

Answer for Questions to the Mayor on his Final Draft Consolidated Budget (Supplementary) [11]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  You would like a parallel strategy called ‘violence against men and boys’ (‘VAMB’) or something?

 

Andrew Boff AM:  I would like a strategy that is inclusive of what is needed.  At the moment, there is either ‑‑

 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Take away VAWG and make it more gender-neutral?

 

Andrew Boff AM:  Either make it gender-neutral or have two strategies.  At the moment, you have a strategy that excludes people.

 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I will think about that.  As far as I can remember, we did specifically make reference to that problem in the original Strategy, but I am happy to work out a way of being inclusive.

 

Andrew Boff AM:  It is always a footnote and it is always a sort of explanation; it is never in the main paragraph of the statistics to say that this is happening.

 

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  OK.  Fair enough.