Today, Ched Evans will leave prison, after serving around half of his five-year sentence for rape. At the same time, in a court in South Africa, a judge is deciding what punishment Oscar Pistorius deserves, after shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead. It’s hard not to draw parallels between the two cases, and the way in which perfectly illustrate how our society values the lives of men over women.
..”And we don’t care about the impact of their actions on the lives of the women. We don’t care about how rape impacts on a woman’s life – how it can lead to PTSD, and physical and mental health complications. We don’t want to hear about how women’s lives are ruined by the actions of violent men. We don’t want to think about Reeva Steenkamp, when we buy Pistorius’ memoir. We don’t want to think about Evans’ victim, when he scores that winning goal. So we just conveniently take them out of the narrative. “
For those of you who may not be aware there has been some controversy surrounding the potential early release of Chead Evans, Sheffield United football star who, after being convicted of rape and sentenced to 5 years imprinsonment, may look to be released after serving just 2 years. TV presenter Judy Finnegan recently made comments on the show ‘Loose Women’ saying:
"He’s served his time. The rape and I am not, please, by any means minimising any kind of rape - but the rape was not violent,” Judy stated. “He didn’t cause any bodily harm to the person."
and : “‘It was unpleasant, in a hotel room, I believe, and she was – she had far too much to drink,” Judy said. “And you know, that is reprehensible, but he has been convicted and he has served his time.”
Since then Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine has published an article entitled: Judy’s Right, some rapes ARE worse than others.
“Yes, rape is always a crime; how much of one depends on the context. On that, I am firmly in the Judy Finnigan camp.”
"Rape, like all wrongdoing, has many shades of grey. It’s like committing violence: there is actual bodily harm and there is grievous bodily harm. There is manslaughter and there is murder. All have different jail sentences"
When discussing the Twitter backlash, and the collective mindset that rape is rape Vine says “That is nonsense. We’re not living in the Sixties where some men considered a miniskirt an invitation to assault and where society shunned and punished women who were attacked.”
Considering that rape conviction in the UK is the lowest in Europe but with 1 in 5 women between the ages of 16-59 being sexually assulted, is it any surprise when this kind of garbage is allowed to be published in national newspapers?
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