Women’s Aid responds to reports of Ched Evans’ appeal
Monday 12th October 2015
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“There have been reports in the media over the weekend that convicted rapist Ched Evans’ appeal against his conviction may use “significant inconsistencies” about the lifestyle of Evans’s victim to form part of the case.
“If these reports are true, the attempt to use the alleged lifestyle of the victim to challenge a criminal justice outcome is the most horrendous and extreme form of victim-blaming. It could deter other women who have been raped from reporting it to the police. To date, Evans’ victim has had to move house and change her identity at least five times.
“Rape is one of the most under-reported crimes, and has a very low conviction rate. Cases such as this show why: women do report rape because they expect that they will not be believed and they will be blamed for what happened. The fear of a character-assassination that could ruin your life deters women from pressing charges. Victim-blaming is very dangerous; Women’s Aid runs our Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign to challenge sexism and victim-blaming, and to help to end violence against women through awareness and education. This case shows exactly why the Football United campaign is needed.”