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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Labour demand the Government take action against anti-woman ‘pro-rape’ group, ‘Return of Kings’

Labour's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Kate Green, has today demanded the Tory Government take action against anti-woman ‘pro-rape’ group ‘Return of Kings’

The group’s leader, ‘Roosh V’, has called for the legalisation of rape, and advertised meetings for his ’followers’ in a number of cities in the UK and abroad this weekend. Subsequently the group announced the meetings had been cancelled, although Roosh V said he ‘could not stop men from meeting in private groups’

Speaking at the dispatch box, in the House of Commons, Kate Green asked the Home Office Minister, Karen Bradley, whether she believed activity organised by ‘Return of Kings’ amounted to incitement to rape and hate crimes against women, and asked Tory Ministers to consider proscribing the group. She also sought assurances that action would be taken by police if informal meetings continued to go ahead.

Commenting Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said: "Theresa May has a duty to maintain public order and ensure that women everywhere are protected from the threat of rape and gender based violence. She must make clear that ‘Roosh V’ and other so called ‘pick up artists’ who argue that rape should be legal on private property are not welcome in the UK."

"The Tory Government has an obligation to tackle violence against women and the ideas and culture that fuel it. That includes sustainable funding for specialist services for those fleeing sexual and domestic violence, and age-appropriate compulsory sex and relationship education to enable all young people to learn about the features of a healthy relationship and what constitutes abuse." Ms Green added.