Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey reveals how she was raped at age 12 and kept it secret for 43-years
Various types of dodginess in this article.
Firstly, it makes me uncomfortable when celebrities choose to disclose their rape experiences in an autobiography. A quick google doesn't bring up any proof that Hillary Devey has worked with gender-based violence charities or similar. Perhaps she does, but keeps it secret. In any case, I don't like rape stories being used as a marketing device.
That's no reason for the tabloids to focus so heavily on the rape narrative, which presumably takes up about one page of the book. The Mail's article (which is lifted from The Sun) mentions nothing else at all from Devey's autobiography, while providing a lot of unnecessary and heart-string-tugging detail.
The banality with which the subject is treated by hack JJ Anisiobi can be summed up by the final paragraph:
The harrowing ordeal, which she says made her feel dirty and ashamed, shows a very different side to the Dragon, but it also helps explain her determination in business as well as in life.
The experience of rape can be summed up in a few tabloidy adjectives — but don't despair, victims, because if you keep the right attitude, you may find that being raped turns out to be good for you
, as Hillary's inspiring story shows. I mean, for fuck's sake.
Then we have the comments:
Such personal things should have been kept quiet. You don't disclose details of your bank accounts to the public, so why this? You've kept it secret for 40+ years, was it so burning in your mind that you just couldn't hold it in? How does it benefit you (other then getting you paid tv interviews)? So why disclose it?
- Michael K., London, 13/5/2012 13:14 Rating 351
Likening being raped to a bank account. I mean, for fuck's sake.
I'm sorry but I don't believe this. Anyone can say this sort of thing after all this time and no one can prove any different. I think it is just another attempt at publicising her book and this sort of thing guarantees media coverage...
- Claire, Hampshire, 13/5/2012 10:59 Rating 220
Another victory for rapists.