Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:37 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Bill Aitken Bill Aitken Conservative 4:37 pm, 10th June 2010

On one view, this debate can be encapsulated by the opening comments that many members made. Bill Butler, the minister and Jim Tolson all said that violence is unacceptable, no matter who is the perpetrator or who is the victim. I think that we can all agree on that.

It is a pity that the debate has become a trifle polarised, because it is not a gender issue. When we seek to condemn violence and try to draw attention to the plight of victims of any particular group, that does not mean that our condemnation of those who commit violence against other groups is any less, nor does it mean that our sympathy with any other group of victims is any less.