Friday, 20 March 2009

If a women is drunk is she to blame?

Reading through The National student I came across a controversial article in the national student last week. I stopped at this article because there have been a vast amount of opinions and angles to interpret the article.

The main headline is “Asking for it?” and the introduction talks about women being responsible for rape if the woman is drunk. My personal opinion is that woman doesn’t ask to be raped, you could ask anyone and they would be completely against it.
But the influence of alcohol does make them vulnerable, women are aware of the effects of alcohol. It is constantly being advertised on all forms of media and just going out on a Saturday or Friday night could open your eyes to the effects of alcohol.

If women don’t clearly say “No” it doesn’t make them responsible it doesn’t make them responsible for being raped. They could be so intoxicated that they panic and not know what to do, or they could be too weak to defend themselves. But on the other hand, I do believe women do have an idea of what’s happening and what they are doing when they are drunk.

A survey was used to back up the article, it was carried out by a opinion panel research and its purpose was to show students thoughts about rape. One of the facts that stood out for me was that 44% of students said that if women didn’t clearly say no then she would be responsible if becoming a rape victim.

I would say women wearing revealing clothing and getting drunk do not ask to be raped. Women that do those things may want attention and there’s a wide range of reasons to act the way they do. People in the world today try to find solutions for the action of rape or who to blame it on. I would say it’s the rapist to blame and that’s why they get prosecuted for their actions.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Gun crime

Gun crime is a factor in life today that everyone has an opinion on; the media report this on a daily basis creating a moral panic. People start to believe that the streets are very unsafe and gun crime is higher than the figures show.

I hear different solutions to tackling gun crime and crime in general but I believe the most used solution is the fear tactic getting people to be very aware of gun crime and watch their children. Flooding parents with information about the current figures of gun crime and putting a one sided view that youths are the ones with the gun and kill.

In actual fact anyone could use a gun and kill so we shouldn't be fearful of our children because they can be brought up to know not to kill but fear everyone in general because it’s the society that moulds and shapes the people.

I had a look at the home office website and they gave me information about gun crime including a list of things they are doing to solve the ongoing gun crime rate. The solutions included a minimum five year sentence for those convicted of having a firearm. People need to have legal authority to imitate a firearm or posses an air gun in public, prohibit certain air weapons that can convert easily to fire live ammunition and finally increased the age limit for possession of air rifles to 17.

Will the gun crime issue be stopped or will the public continue to live in fear of their lives at the mercy of a gun?

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Lincoln to London trains

Currently attending the University of Lincoln every student travels to their home city or town occasionally, I came from South London and having to travel from Lincoln to London can be a long process.

I have to go to Lincoln train station 10 minutes walk from my accommodation that’s the easy part. Getting on a train and going to either Newark North Gate or Peterborough is about an hour and can be a hassle because the train isn’t very big so getting your luggage and finding a seat can be a nightmare depending on what time in the day. Once arrived at either station getting to the next platform on time and finding the reserved on the national express train can be the second part to the nightmare. But once on the train its smooth sailing back to London, the change of trains is starting to become a thing of the past.

A new direct train is currently running at 7:08am from Lincoln to London, there are no changes and it’s an East Midlands train. The leaflet describes the service as uninterrupted, unbroken and undisturbed sounds good to me. The other benefit is there won’t be a problem with trying to get a seat because Lincoln is the starting point of the service. Don’t think ill being using the service anytime soon because it’s seven in the morning but when it regulates eventually I’ll definitely be using it.