Women’s Aid statement on Ched Evans’ appeal ruling

Thursday 21st April 2016

Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid said:

“We hope that today’s ruling does not discourage victims of rape and sexual assault from disclosing their abuse and seeking help. The Ched Evans case demonstrates why it is vital for all football clubs to have robust, joined-up policies around domestic, sexual and child abuse, and highlights the need for football clubs to educate about healthy relationships.

Women’s Aid wants to work with football clubs to help them respond appropriately to cases as they occur though our Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign. This was created to raise awareness about abusive behaviour, educate communities, and help victims to access the support that they need. We have been working with the Professional Footballers’ Association to provide information on consent and respectful relationships and are working with the Premier League to pilot training delivery to clubs.”

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