He walks back to a football field and a life of privilege and wealth.
Since 2011 the complainant, a young woman whose life has been changed beyond all recognition, has been hounded, harassed, bullied, smeared and has had her life endangered many times. We don't know how she has endured such an ordeal. She sought nothing but help one morning when she awoke not knowing where she was or what had happened to her. What followed was not help, but hell.
She has been brave throughout this ordeal in ways that many of us cannot. It is reported that she felt "destroyed" by the latest trial and "collapsed" after giving evidence. The details of her private life and her horrific treatment in that Premier Inn have been pored over by a nation. Some of them seek to continue that horrific time for her by continuing to post her name online, call her vile names and call for her to kill herself.
We want to be able to show her there are others in the world who care what has happened to her and care what happens to her now. We want her to have a gift to use as she chooses; to have a gesture that shows we hope she finds some peace. I hope that she will accept it via her legal team.
Many rape complainants endure a terrible time in court. Many cannot face court at all. Or even police stations. Or even telling anyone at all what has happened. We would like to raise money so that those women get help too when they do seek help.
We'd like to propose that we give half of any money raised to help women who are victims of sexual violence. We hope that Rape Crisis will accept this gesture too.
We hope that this action is not criticised too much. We do this with the very best of intentions. We just want to show our love for all women who have been through the ordeal of a rape trial and those who were prevented from ever seeking justice because our police and courts are still not a fair place for women to go if they have been raped. This must change.
Thank you for your help in this. Love to you all.
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