Women’s Aid responds to news about Oscar Pistorius’ release from prison
Thursday 15th October 2015
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“It has been reported that Oscar Pistorius is to be released under supervision from prison on Tuesday 20th October. Last October, Women’s Aid commented that the custodial sentence was worryingly short. Now, he is set to be released – less than a year later.
“Reeva Steenkamp’s life clearly weighs less heavily in the judicial balance than Pistorius’ access to freedom. It seems that the excuses that have surrounded him since he killed her are more important than the fact that she is dead. This is a devastating indication of the lack of value placed on women’s lives. Until this changes, we will never progress towards to a culture which values women’s lives enough to make them safer.”