If this had been a workplace, she wouldn't have stood a chance - harassment, bullying, mental cruelty - any judge or tribunal would have nailed her. It was a ruthless public humiliation in front of strangers, a systematic dismantling of his qualities, personal, professional, looks, social, intellectual.
Our system is broken; the power, the political capital, and the money resides at the top of a hierarchy. Meanwhile those in most need are further disempowered and pushed to the fringes of our society. Without funding the women's sector simply cannot provide lifesaving services to women in desperate need.
The BBC is getting blamed for doing nothing about Jimmy Savile, although it seems, over the years, five police forces actually investigated stories about him in some way and did nothing. I worked in British television from 1973 onwards, though only twice on BBC programmes; the rest of the time, I worked for ITV and independent companies. Still, I heard rumours about Jimmy Savile.
Innocent until proven guilty is the modus operandi for the legal system in the UK and as a lawyer I am eminently aware of that concept. However, I found myself reading the reports about Collins' behaviour during his relationship with Anna Larke with a sense of uncomfortable recollection of my own painful memories from my first ever relationship whilst a teenager.
Even the strongest defenders of Julian Assange should have been shaking their heads in despair as the artist formally known as Gorgeous George described the idea of a man having sex with a woman who is sleeping as merely being "bad sexual etiquette" that was "not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it.
As the London Olympic games approached, much talk was of the Olympic Athletes' Hub and how athletes would be more connected to their fans than ever before thanks to social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook.
Writing in The Times today Martin Narey, the ministerial adviser on adoption, continues his important campaign to increase the number of adoptions and ensure children are placed with adoptive parents as quickly as possible.
Refuge today launched a hard-hitting video campaign with makeup artist Lauren Luke. In the video, Lauren applies makeup to cover what look like fresh cuts and bruises on her face. Her injuries are, in fact, fake, but for thousands of women up and down the country, this is the reality of their everyday lives.
It is impossible to say what could have happened in Syria if attempts had been made to foster dialogue, rather than a violent uprising, but one thing is clear. If we do not seize our opportunity to foster such discussions in the UAE, then the future looks grim for all given that the authorities continue to detain all those who call for democratic reform.