When England loses a match, women take the hit.
“In 2018, the UK’s National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) shared statistics that found domestic violence in England increased by 26% following a win for England, and 38% following a loss.”
Horrific. Humbling. Heartbreaking.
No words can describe the way I feel as I pen this right now.
Is safety too much to ask for?
Last week England lost the Euro finals with a final penalty kick from Saka. Before we divulge into the racism that followed the loss, let's highlight the detriment that this has on women who are sitting at home on eggshells, waiting for the result.
Surely this cannot be normal. Dare I say it, but could it be described as a mental illness? I have no other way of even beginning to comprehend the mindset and ethos held by anyone who is adding to this statistic.
If so, are we just supposed to ignore the statistics and let the hype die down as it does with every cause. We can’t let this just become another statistic. Their lives are worth more than that. We, as women, are worth more than that.
The ugly side of the sport doesn’t always lie in the players, but in the fans. A lot of fans seemed to have lost sight of the point of the game. To put it simply, it is in fact, just a game.
The aftermath of the results from the Euros 2020 have proved that a lot of the fans are not bringing the unity and positivity that was intended for the game. This isn’t the game I remember it to be.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed the penalty shootout and in response were the targets of racial abuse as the game finished as a loss for England.
What does skin colour have to do with this? Ask yourself this question, if the players who missed were white, would they receive the same abuse? The answer is no.
This is a war on race and gender.
We will not stand for this hatred and abuse against our people of colour and against our women. Could there be a direct link between those who are taking part in the racial abuse, and those who are making up the 38% rise in domestic abuse towards women? It is yet to be proved, but realistically there has to be.
Our government needs to do something about this. No more standing idly by and allowing this statistic to increase.
How many more people need to be hurt for someone to take a stand? How many more women need to buy an extra pot of concealer to cover up the marks left on them by their abusers? How much more do we need to take?
The rates of domestic violence increase by 38%. Take that in.