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Titolo: M.I,5`Persec ution - abus e in set-u p situ ations a nd in publ ic
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Data: 01/01/2008
Ora: 16:01:36
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  -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-<br /> -=. abuse in set-up situations and in public -=<br /> -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-<br /> <br /> Strangers in the street have recognized. me on sight many times, and shown<br /> awareness of the current thread of abuse. To give you one example,. in 1992<br /> I was seriously ill, and a manager at. work somewhat humorously said that<br /> &quot;it wasn't fair&quot; that people were bullying me.. A few days later, I attended<br /> for the first time a clinic in London as an outpatient,. and on my way out<br /> was accosted by someone who asked if &quot;they had. paid my fare&quot;, with emphasis<br /> on the word &quot;fare&quot;.. He repeated the word several times in this different<br /> context; that they should have paid my. &quot;fare&quot;, each time emphasizing the<br /> word.<br /> <br /> For two. and a half years from the time their harassment started until<br /> November 1992 I refused to see a. psychiatrist, because I reasoned that I<br /> was not. ill of my own action or fault, but through the stress caused by<br /> harassment,. and that a lessening of the illness would have to be consequent<br /> to a removal of its immediate cause, in other words. a cessation of<br /> harassment. I also reasoned that since they were. taunting me with jokes<br /> about mental illness, if I were to seek. treatment then the abusers would<br /> think that they had &quot;won&quot; and been proved. &quot;right&quot;. Remember, the constant<br /> theme of any persecution is, &quot;we must destroy you. because you're X&quot;,<br /> whether X is a racial or other attribute. In this case. the X was &quot;we<br /> persecute you because you have brain disease&quot;. The similarity of. this logic<br /> to Nazi attitudes to the. mentally ill is striking.<br /> <br /> The same manager who'd said &quot;it wasn't fair&quot; asked me in winter. 1992 why I<br /> didn't seek help from a psychiatrist; was it, he asked, because. &quot;they would<br /> think they had won&quot;. if I sought treatment? That was something I'd never<br /> said. at work... again, taken separately it proves nothing, but many such<br /> things over a period of months proves conclusively that. people in the<br /> company knew what. was going on, and in quite a lot of detail.<br /> <br /> Usually harassment in public lacks the. level of finesse of &quot;paying your<br /> fare&quot;. Most people's imagination does not go beyond moronic. parroting of<br /> the current. term of denigration. That is not surprising given the average<br /> level of the abusers; if they do not have the intelligence. to distinguish<br /> wrong. from right then neither will they have the capacity for anything<br /> other than mindless repetition of. a monosyllabic term calculated to fit<br /> into their. minds.<br /> <br /> The first incidents of verbal assault in public were in again. in the summer<br /> of 1990, although they increased in frequency and venom with time. In. July<br /> 1990 the first public incident occurred on a tube. train on the Northern<br /> line. Two. men and their girlfriends recognised me; the women sprang to my<br /> defence,. saying &quot;He looks perfectly normal, he doesn't look ill&quot;. Their<br /> boyfriends of course knew. better, and followed the party line; one of them<br /> made reference to an &quot;operation&quot;, apparently to. work at the tube station<br /> but implicitly to a visit that. I had made to hospital a couple of weeks<br /> previously.<br /> <br /> In August 1990 going home from college, soon after getting. on a tube train<br /> at Gloucester Road I was followed by a group of four youths, who started. a<br /> chant of abuse. That they. were targeting me was confirmed by other people<br /> in the carriage, one of whom asked the other &quot;who are they going on at,. is<br /> it the bloke who just got on?&quot;. to which the second replied &quot;yes, I think<br /> so&quot;. I was tempted to reply, but as in every. other instance the abusers are<br /> enabled in their cowardice by physically. outnumbering the abused; any<br /> confrontation would result in. my being beaten up, followed by a complaint<br /> to the police that &quot;he. attacked us&quot;, and of course he's ill, so he must<br /> have been imagining that we were getting at him. Shitty, aren't. they?<br /> <br /> But the shittiness of the. four youths on the tube train is as nothing<br /> compared to the episode on the National Express coach to. Dover in the<br /> summer of 1992. While going on holiday to. the Continent I was verbally set<br /> upon. by a couple travelling sitting a few rows behind. The boy did the<br /> talking, his female. companion contributing only a continuous empty giggling<br /> noise. He spoke loudly to ensure other people on the. coach heard, always<br /> about &quot;they&quot; and &quot;this bloke&quot; but never naming either the abusers. or the<br /> person he was talking. about. He said &quot;they&quot; had &quot;found somebody from his<br /> school, and he was always really stressed at school&quot;.. They must have dug<br /> deep to find enemies there; perhaps someone who dropped out of. school,<br /> someone who didn't do too well later, who was jealous and keen to. get their<br /> own back? The boy also said &quot;he was in a bed and. breakfast for only one<br /> night and they got him&quot;. By a not unexpected. coincidence I had been in a<br /> B&amp;B in. Oxford a week previously, which had been booked from work; other<br /> things lead me to the conclusion that. the company's offices were bugged for<br /> most of the 2 1/2 years that I was there, so &quot;they&quot; would have known a. room<br /> in the B&amp;B had been booked. (But I'll bet &quot;they&quot; didn't tell the. company's<br /> managers their offices were bugged, did. they?).<br /> <br /> After a few minutes of this I went back to where. they were sitting and<br /> asked where they were travelling. The boy named. a village in France, and<br /> the. girl's giggling suddenly ceased; presumably it permeated to her brain<br /> cell what. the purpose of the boy's abuse was.<br /> <br /> This and other set-up situations are obviously. calculated to provoke a<br /> direct confrontation which would bring in the police, with the. abusers<br /> claiming that. they were the ones attacked. Again in 1992, outside the<br /> house where I was living. in Oxford I was physically attacked by someone -<br /> not punched, just grabbed by the coat,. with some verbals thrown in for good<br /> measure. That was something. the people at work shouldn't have known<br /> about... but soon after a couple of people. were talking right in front of<br /> me about, &quot;I heard he was. attacked&quot;. The UK police have a responsibility<br /> for preventing assault. occurring, but they do not seem to take any interest<br /> in meeting that responsibility.. I suppose their attitude is that harassment<br /> does not come within their remit unless it involves. physical assault, and<br /> they will only become involved once. that happens. That is of course quite<br /> the wrong attitude for them to take,. but as I now understand, the police<br /> investigate only the crime they wish to investigate;. if they do not take<br /> your complaints seriously then there. is nothing you can do to make them<br /> take. action.<br /> <br /> 4549<br />  

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