J.K. Rowling is receiving threats after promoting a support group for women and girls who are survivors of sexual abuse.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, never seems to catch a break. After sending a tweet endorsing Beira’s Place, a support group for girls and women 16 and older who are survivors of sexual abuse and assault, the 57-year-old upset the activists and the trans community.
Since J.K. Rowling come out in support of a lady who lost her job for saying that there is a biological difference between women and trans women, she has been the target of a savage hate campaign.
Centre for Global Development employee Maya Forstater was let go after she tweeted her opposition to a proposal to make it easier for transgender people to change their legal sex in the United Kingdom.
To counter this, members of the LGBTQ community organised a campaign to make the hashtag #FireMaya popular, and they relentlessly harassed her workplace until they finally fired her.
As a form of protest against Rowling’s position, several trans activists posted images and videos of themselves burning their copies of the Harry Potter books, while others wrote her threatening messages.
The Sun appeared to glorify violence against J.K. Rowling in a now-deleted headline when they interviewed her admittedly abusive ex-boyfriend, who boasted about striking her.
Rowling, a survivor of sexual assault herself, decided to promote a tiny support group on Twitter for girls and women 16 and older who are survivors and/or victims of sexual abuse, but the trans community is not pleased.
“I speak for all of us when I say cis women are more likely to r*pe people than trans women,” one person commented.
“Your ex-husband should have finished the job,” another replied.
The small support group, Beira’s Place, is based in Edinburgh and Lothians. They aim to provide support, advocacy and information for women survivors of sexual violence aged 16 and over.
“Beira’s Place is committed to challenging misogynistic and patriarchal power structures that, through the abuse of, and threatened abuse of women and girls, prevent many from reaching their full potential. We recognise that responsibility for any act of violence against women and girls lies with the perpetrator: it can never be excused, justified, or explained away and there is no context within which it is acceptable or valid,” a spokesperson for Beira’s Place stated.
Adding: “Beira’s Place recognises that effective sexual violence services must be independent, needs led, and provide responsive, woman centred services so that they are free from the pressure of current political agendas. We are committed to ensuring that our service is free, confidential, and accessible to survivors who may need it.”