Lhe case of Adrien Quatennens, who admitted to having slapped his wife, continues to cause trouble within BIA. In an interview with theFrance Media Agencythe president of the Insoumis group in the Assembly conceded on Thursday “that we are groping about things and that at least we are taking the problem of sexual and gender-based violence seriously. […] We do not turn the page. A decision has been taken by the movement to withdraw Adrien Quatennens of its coordinating role, it is not nothing and I challenge you to find a single movement or party that has done the same thing. So we take this situation seriously. “Despite the criticism, Mathilde Panot insists on the fact that, “everyone in the group agrees that he should not resign from his mandate as deputy, no one is asking that”.
Among the critics, certain reactions from other party members were singled out, that of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the lead after his two tweets hailing the “courage” and “dignity” of Adrien Quatennens on the announcement of his withdrawal. This Friday morning, on CNews, the deputy of Bouches-du-Rhône also wanted to defend his colleague by calling for measure as to the nature of the alleged facts.
“I try to make sense of things,” he explains. A slap is never okay, but a slap doesn’t equal a man beating his wife every day. And a slap is not equal to a man who is accused of rape after drugging the people accusing him. The member refers here to the facts alleged against Damien Abad, whose resignation LFI insisted at the time. “We have to manage to have nuance and we have to take into account the words of those who express themselves on this type of subject, he continues. Personally, I have always tried to show nuance on the subject, to respect a certain number of principles: proportionality, the absence of automaticity, the fact that we try to graduate the charges and therefore the sanctions and therefore the corresponding measures. »
“It starts with a slap”
The deputy thus takes up the argument used by many Internet users and commentators since the start of the case, according to which it is not a serious act, such as rape, or which considers that a “exceptional slap”, during a conflict between spouses, has “nothing to do” with domestic violence. Liliane Daligand, psychiatrist interviewed by Agence France-Presse, notes that a slap remains “an essential attack” on the person. “Victims often say that it starts with a slap or a push, then the physical violence gets worse,” explains this specialist, also president of an association to help women in the Lyon area.
“Any act of physical violence is serious and inadmissible”, also underlines Françoise Brié, director general of the National Federation of Women’s Solidarity (FNSF), which manages the 3919 telephone reception service for women victims of violence. The passage to the act of physical violence, which often occurs when a woman decides to leave her partner, “can paralyze her” and thus prevent her from starting the process. “A single crisis of physical violence can generate a terror that pushes women to adapt to the injunctions of the aggressor so as not to suffer further physical violence”, explains Françoise Brié. On the contrary, this sometimes leads the victim to seek help from an association or to report the act to the police.
“Abject remarks that trivialize violence”
Manuel Bompard’s remarks provoked many indignant reactions, in particular from left-wing personalities and the government. “Abject remarks that trivialize violence. Words that damage the fight against violence against women. Words that totally discredit you on this subject, ”reacted on Twitter a few hours later the Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Isabelle Rome.
“Shut up now! That’s enough ! ! » abounded Marlene Schiappawho also held this portfolio before that of Secretary of State for the Social and Solidarity Economy in a tweet, judging that these remarks “do considerable harm to the fight for the protection of women against violence”.
Shut up now! That’s enough !!
It is up to the courts to judge this case.
Your words do considerable harm to the fight for the protection of women against violence.
We’re really going to come back to debating whether hitting a woman is acceptable?!
— ���� MarleneSchiappa (@MarleneSchiappa) September 23, 2022