Advanced search

'Army Rumour Service' vile DV images - anyone reading this in Chat?

(51 Posts)
LineRunner Sun 10-Mar-13 23:34:18

There is a website called ARSSE who are apparently goading MN and have been posting up increasingly disturbing images of women being abused.

Some MNers have been ace in caching and doing screen captures before the thread was deleted.

Could anyone who is able tweet and FB this, to bring the attention of the media to a very horrible thread and what looks like a very horrible website?

FastidiaBlueberry Fri 15-Mar-13 23:04:29

Cheers, good suggestions. smile

Darkesteyes Fri 15-Mar-13 23:08:25

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Mar-13 23:16:55


Noone from Mumsnet HQ replied to me regarding the lovely people who are sending loveboxes to ssafa's Stepping Stone Home refuges. That's quite sad I think.

thanks awks - Pleased we have at least got to the bottom of this - there was a typo in your initial email.

mabongwen Sat 16-Mar-13 14:24:33

Sorry to but in but sometimes DV in soldiers and violence/drinking problems are triggered by PTSD after returning home from Afgan. Decompression in Cyprus sometimes is not enough, and they can sometimes become quite ill.

I'll be honest, for a few months after my husband returned from serving he was a different man, we got help through a councellor. Luckily he was never violent but he was a bit on edge. Even to this day, if he has a nightmare ill end up being hit or pulled in his sleep, war really does leave a lasting effect in some men. sad

meditrina Sat 16-Mar-13 15:45:06

That's why the earlier King's study on MH was important; thought found alcohol abuse far more prevalent than PTSD. The support for PTSD has increased hugely in the last decade or so (both for still serving and ex-service); alcohol issues, no real change.

LineRunner Sat 16-Mar-13 15:52:33

mabongwen I truly hope and your DH are ok. I agree that the connection between front-line active service, trauma and violence comes across in all the studies.

I think counselling sounds essential and incredibly helpful.

I think hanging around on a forum that gloats over images and descriptions of violence against women is the oppopsite of that.

kim147 Sat 16-Mar-13 15:53:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mabongwen Sat 16-Mar-13 20:17:32

lunerunner yes we are much better and I feel we owe it all to the councelling. But I also agree those men on that site are vile! Like you sais there is a stark difference between suffered and strange men who enjoy laughing about DV

homeo Sat 16-Mar-13 23:12:38

I signed up to arrse to see what they were posting. It's horrible.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 01:41:56

kim147 Sun 17-Mar-13 11:48:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 16:31:55

i put a comment on the thread under the Guardian article suggesting that they check out the ARRSE website and i was very fair about it. I made sure to say that not all of them posting vile stuff there may be soldiers and my comment was STILL removed.
I think that tells us all we need to know.
i put the comment there because Barbara mentions DV in her article so i thought it would make sense to mention it Silly naive me.
Even in the case of Rebecca Meredith the Mail mentioned that it was an internet forum that were making vile remarks about her but shied away from mentioning which one.
We are being silenced. We have learnt nothing from history as a society.

Can someone please explain to me very clearly what's going on? Because I hope that what I think is happening is not the case.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 16:50:03

Hi Maggie. The ARRSE website have been trolling MN at least since last summer.
Last weekend they surpassed themselves.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 16:54:52

They have been excercising their vile mysogyny for a while now. Their members join MN pretending to be something they are not and troll the site.

But this last weekend they have really surpassed themselves. Posting horrific images of domestic violence and when we dared to question it and share it with journalists twitter accounts and publications THEY tried to use the law where you cant share distressing images to silence US.

So after doing that they then tried to use and twist the law to suit their own ends. I also saw several rape jokes, one which said that a mums netter "wouldnt cry rape in the morning"

Now another MNer has just pmed me to say she has contacted several newspapers and hasnt heard a thing back. I contacted the Guardian last year about the sick disabilist comments on their site.

And heard nothing back then either. I think a lot of news outlets wouldnt want to touch this because it interferes with the "hero" rhetoric.

Now i am NOT anti Armed Forces. There are a lot of great people serving and going beyond the call of duty.

And some of those people using ARSE might not necessarily be in the Armed Forces. However it is an Army forum and this does reflect badly on them.

Like i said no one seems to want to touch them because of the "hero" rhetoric and they are ALL seen as good guys.

LESS than SIX MONTHS after the truth about Jimmy Savile was exposed (he was seen as a hero of sorts who did a lot for charity) he was reported many times (the first time in the early 1960s) and those kept getting ignored too.

I do NOT see why they should get away with doing what they are doing just because they happen to wear a uniform.

When mysogynists and rape apologists like these post these comments (including a comment about putting petrol on a womans hair and setting her on fire) and then try to twist the law to silence the people they are deliberately trying to cause distress to, its not too hard to see why a woman wouldnt report an assault.

There seems to be a very sinister undercurrent in society today that want to terrorise women and then when they stand up and say no there are manipulative attempts to silence them like the one ive described here.

No wonder many women wouldnt report an assault.

If ARSE believe they are doing nothing wrong then why are they hiding their more vitriolic mysogynistic threads to everyone except members.

It is a sad reflection on our society today. And there could be men like these serving in war torn countries coming into contact with vulnerable women.

And like Savile the issue is being ignored and sidelined and brushed under the carpet.

When ARRSE realised that a fellow MNer had taken some screen grabs they closed the threads to everyone but members so they could peddle their vile filth in private.

As ive said i really dont see why they should be able to hide behind a uniform. Whether the users of this site are soldiers or not the ARRSE site reflects badly on them

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 16:56:53

The above post ive copied and pasted from my e mail account.

kim147 Sun 17-Mar-13 17:02:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 17:11:30

EXACTLY Kim Do you remember those two young lads two years ago who got five years for just THREATENING to riot on Facebook but not actually doing it.
Here we have threats about rape and pouring petrol over a womans hair and setting her on fire and NO ONE WANTS TO PUT THIS IN PRINT OR DO ANYTHING.

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 17:14:53

Thanks Kim i will be leaving that e mail in my account for a long while and if anyone runs a related article i will send it to them.
Grazia ran an article last week "So When did Mysogyny Become Mainstream" so i sent it to them.
But cynical me says it either wont be printed or it will be printed with the name of the website removed.

scaevola Sun 17-Mar-13 17:16:03

Has anyone actually made a police report?

Darkesteyes Sun 17-Mar-13 17:45:52

Another comparison.

scaevola Sun 17-Mar-13 17:49:11

That seems totally unrelated to anything that is happening here. The police will only investigate if a suspected offence is reported. Does anyone know if that has happened?

Yes, it's an offence under hate speech legislation, my personal opinion is that they are best left to rot in their own foulness.

LineRunner Mon 18-Mar-13 23:13:39

There are a few MPs' letters floating around. My guess is the army will openly disown Ars and its advertising income may be vulnerable.

OloeufiaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 21-Mar-13 13:09:01


Noone from Mumsnet HQ replied to me regarding the lovely people who are sending loveboxes to ssafa's Stepping Stone Home refuges. That's quite sad I think.

Sorry to be late getting back to you on this (one of those week, I think)
We do think the love boxes are a fab idea, please can you keep everyone updated on what's going on with them here on this thread?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now