Thursday, 1 May 2014
Convicted of Rape and Allowed to Return?
Sheffield Utd footballer Ched Evans was convicted of rape. It was a process of justice. To even consider reinstating him as a player at the same club, to endorse him and 'welcome him back', is an insult to the woman he raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist.
The message the likes of Sheffield Utd and the FA in general seem to want to give is that men who commit such an atrocious act will suffer only a small penance whilst the women they attack will suffer for the rest of their lives.
That's why a petition has been started at Change.org asking Kevin McCabe, the club chairman, to refuse to reinstate Evans.
Please sign it here
Let me be plain, I've worked as an advocate and guidance officer for ex offenders, many of whom were responsible for serious sex crimes. I believe everyone deserves a second chance and an opportunity to turn away from their crime and ensure such actions never happen again, but to be returned to a role that is feted, well paid and one that young children aspire to gives out a dangerous message.
Please get them to reconsider this decision. Sign the petition.