Jayden Parkinson was only 17 years old when she was killed. She was killed by her 22 year old ex-boyfriend, Ben Blakeley, after he discovered that she was pregnant with their baby. Blakeley had been obsessive and controlling and had regularly beaten Jayden. In November 2013, Jayden broke up with Ben because she had had enough of his “possessive, controlling and abusive behavior”. Often, we say, but why did she stay? This is how we blame the victim instead of blaming the perpetrator. […]
We can’t pretend Jayden’s is a one off incident. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violations worldwide and remains an issue of growing concern. In the UK 31% of women and girls experience domestic abuse and 2 women are killed each week by a current or former partner. In England and Wales at least 233 women and girls are raped every day. 6o,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and there are nearly 3,000 cases of so called ‘honour violence’ in the UK.
We may try and deny that violence against women and girls is not an endemic in the UK, but the statistics and personal stories speak loud and clear.
Read more of June Eric-Udorie’s blog via Powered by Girl on the ICchange campaign here.
June Eric-Udorie, 16, is a student, blogger and feminist campaigner. June campaigns with Integrate Bristol on gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation (FGM). June also works on the Department for International Development’s #YouthForChange project to end FGM and child, early and forced marriage.