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JK Rowling hits back at Labour MP who claimed she was exploiting her sex assault ordeal

JK Rowling has hit out at a Labour frontbencher who accused her of ‘using her own sexual assault as justification for discriminating,’ against the transgender community.

This morning Lloyd Russell-Moyle, a shadow environment minister, wrote a grovelling apology for comments he made in The Tribune about the Harry Potter author.

JK Rowling has hit back, warning people are ‘concerned’ about Labour’s position on women’s rights after saying: ‘When so-called leftists like (Lloyd Russell-Moyle) demand that we give up our hard won sex-based rights, they align themselves squarely with men’s rights activists. 

‘To both groups, female trauma is white noise, an irrelevance, or else exaggerated or invented.’

Ms Rowling has found herself the subject of vicious trolling and accusations of being transphobic after responding to a headline on an online article discussing ‘people who menstruate’

Ms Rowling has found herself the subject of vicious trolling and accusations of being transphobic after responding to a headline on an online article discussing ‘people who menstruate’. In a tweet, she said: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

Stung by criticism, the writer – whose Harry Potter books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide – sought to justify her decision to speak out in a deeply personal essay.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (pictured), a Shadow Environment Minister, claimed JK Rowling was ¿using her own sexual assault¿ to justify her views on transgender issues

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (pictured), a Shadow Environment Minister, claimed JK Rowling was ‘using her own sexual assault’ to justify her views on transgender issues

Recalling how the trauma of ‘a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties’ had informed her thinking about the trans issue and women’s rights, Ms Rowling explained: ‘Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men.’ 

Trans-rights activist Mr Russell-Moyle, claimed the author was ‘using her own sexual assault’ to justify her views on transgender issues in an article for left-wing magazine Tribune. 

Hitting back in a series of tweets on Sunday evening, Ms Rowling wrote: ‘This morning, Mr Russell-Moyle issued an apology on Twitter, although he didn’t trouble to tag me in. Coincidentally, his change of heart occurred after his remarks were repeated in national newspapers with higher circulations than.’ 

She told followers she had been ‘moved to tears’ after receiving more than 3,000 emails ‘thanking me for speaking up,’ about the abuse she had suffered.

Ms Rowling went on to say: ‘As I stated in my essay, my primary worry is the risks to vulnerable women. As everyone knows, I’m no longer reliant on communal facilities, nor am I likely to be imprisoned or need a women’s refuge any time soon. I’m not arguing for the privileged, but the powerless.’ 

She ended her Twitter thread by writing: ‘I accept (Mr Russel-Moyle’s) apology in the hope that he’ll dig a little deeper than hashtags and slogans. He might then understand why increasing numbers of people are deeply concerned about Labour’s position on women’s rights.’

 

 

In a series of tweets JK Rowling hit back at Labour and its frontbench MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle

In a series of tweets JK Rowling hit back at Labour and its frontbench MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle

The Left-winger’s comment outraged feminists in the party and sparked demands that Sir Keir Starmer axe him in the same way that he sacked shadow education minister Rebecca Long Bailey for forwarding a tweet that made false claims about Israel.

Writing on Twitter this morning, Mr Russell-Moyle, the MP for Brighton Kemptown, said: ‘I want to apologies (sic) unreservedly about the comments in the article that I wrote last week in Tribune regarding Trans rights in which I mention J.K. Rowling. 

‘J.K. Rowling’s first disclosures of domestic abuse and sexual assault in her recent article on Trans issues were heartfelt and must have been hard to say. 

‘Whilst I may disagree with some of her analysis on trans rights, it was wrong of me to suggest that she used her own dreadful experience in anything other than good faith. I have asked Tribune to remove the line in question.’

Mr Russell-Moyle, the MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven, is an outspoken advocate of trans rights and a leading member of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs, who are in uproar over Mrs Long Bailey’s dramatic dismissal. 

But in an article published last week in the Left-wing Tribune magazine, Mr Russell-Moyle accused Ms Rowling of promoting ‘hate’ towards trans people and of exploiting the sexual assault she had endured.

‘Recently, of course, we saw people like J.K. Rowling using her own sexual assault as justification for discriminating against a group of people who were not responsible for it,’ he wrote. His words brought swift condemnation by women’s rights campaigners in the Labour Party. 

‘This is victim-blaming and it’s disgraceful,’ said one. ‘It’s worse than anything [Long Bailey] did and he should be out. This man is accusing a woman who suffered a violent crime of exploiting her own sexual assault. It’s horrible and it’s sexist and Keir can’t let it stand.’

Kiri Tunks, of campaign group Woman’s Place UK, added: ‘As an MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle has an obligation to engage with the concerns and needs of women. By dismissing legitimate concerns as ‘hate’ and denigrating women who are brave enough to talk about the effects of male violence on their lives, he fails in this obligation.’ 

Despite previous lapses, Mr Russell-Moyle has retained his environment brief under Sir Keir. In April, The Mail on Sunday revealed a video in which the 33-year-old MP accused the Conservative Government of ‘conspiring to murder’ British citizens.

The Labour leader has been anxious to steer clear of trans issues, a contentious subject in his party. During the leadership contest, he was the only candidate who refused to sign a public pledge demanding that ‘transphobic’ feminists be expelled, and his spokesman condemned the abuse directed at Ms Rowling.

The Government is preparing to abandon Theresa May’s controversial plans to allow men to ‘self-identify’ as women. Strategists believe it could create clear blue water with Sir Keir if Labour chooses to endorse reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.

Labour did not respond to requests for comment last night.

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