Finally Women Can Hit Back
Sally Challen had her guilty verdict for the murder of her husband quashed recently after a court found that she was a victim of coercive control. Nobody ever disputed that Sally had beaten her husband to death with a hammer but what seems to have changed is the perception of her motive.
When she was convicted back in 2011 she was perceived as an insecure and jealous woman who killed her husband because of an imagined infidelity. This time her appeal heard how she had been a victim of her husband’s mental torture over many decades and had finally snapped. One would assume that this paves the way for her to claim diminished responsibility in her pending retrial.
The case has ramifications for women everywhere. The ground has been shifting under the feet of misogynists and sex pests for last couple of years and thanks to the #MeToo movement, men in positions of power can no longer harass women with impunity. What has remained however is the imbalance in the physical threat posed by males to females. Nowhere is this more prevalent yet unreported, than behind the closed doors of domestic abuse.
Here the male hegemony still reigns supreme and the vicious mental and physical violence men dole out to their wives can be inescapable. The Sally Challen ruling may change all that and should strike fear into the hearts of abusive men around the world. The courts have shown that the law is on the side of the weak and will protect them if they decide to strike back against their male oppressors. Not before time.
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