- When a child is bullied at school, he is forced to move schools to avoid his tormentors.
- When a child tells her parents of the rape she endured, her parents go to the police. The police do nothing. The parents are compelled to sell their house, losing thousands in the process, in order to keep their daughter safe.
- When a violent paedophile is released from prison, he is sent back to live in the same town as his victim despite promises from the criminal justice system that this will not happen. The victim’s family are forced to move away, at great expense and upheaval in the children’s lives.
- When a child is sexually assaulted by a man in his 40s, she is told by the judge that because she ‘looks older’ and behaved in a certain way (because she had been ‘groomed’), her abuser will not face a prison sentence.
Is this really the face of British justice?
What if the victim was your child?
Justice begins when we recognise that all the things listed above promote and enable abuse; they don’t prevent it.
Justice must always be in line with the trauma inflicted on the victim. Too often the victim is granted a life sentence while the perpetrator walks free.
This must stop.
Please sign this petition (click here to open in a new tab) urging the Criminal Justice System to change the way it deals with victims. Time and again the victim is blamed. The words of the petition are as follows:
‘Yesterday, a man walked free from Snaresbrook Crown Court despite pleading guilty to ‘sexual activity with a child’ after the prosecutor Robert Colover and judge Nigel Peters described the thirteen year-old victim as a “sexual predator”.
I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I could have been that 13 year old girl who the judge and prosecutor described as ‘predatory’. Now, I work with other women who have survived similar experiences. I have seen first hand how this kind of victim blaming prevents women from coming forward and protects men who commit these crimes.
It’s unacceptable that the Crown Prosecutor – the person who this young girl was relying on to help get her justice – used this kind of language in court. It’s a sad fact that this kind of attitude is commonplace within society and the legal establishment. We need to make a stand and send a clear message: It’s never the child’s fault.
I’m calling on the Crown Prosecution Service to look at the language used by Robert Colover and meet urgently with our organisation and other groups working with victims of rape and sexual assault to ensure this never happens again.
Please join me.