Making justice: rapist legal case
My name is Pieke Roelofs. Friends call me Pie. I'm an autistic artist and activist, and also a victim of rape, violence, blackmail and threats, and an underground hate-campaign started by the man who raped me, which I was able to expose with the help of others.
See this article with more information about the news article that was published about my case, the police failure in it, and the rape convictions in my area (Limburg) in the Netherlands. This article was published on the 25th of September, 2018. Some information from the article:
- In 2017 in Limburg 131 rapes were reported
- 10 lead to a court case
- Only 3 rapists were convicted (3.93%)
In January 2017, I named the man who raped and abused me, stalked, threatened, blackmailed and harassed me: youtuber X (see blog).
I will refer to him as Ex throughout this story. I named him to break his power over me, so he could no longer blackmail me, and to warn others about him.
As a result I revealed everything that happened. This was a horrible thing to do and I lost all my privacy due to it, but at the time it was the only thing I could do: I needed to protect myself and warn others about him. The result was that I was targeted. While I was hospitalised after rape and abuse, I received death threats and my name was slandered online, to the point where I tried to end my own life.
Now, I'm fighting for justice and I need help.
My Dutch court case is in September 2018. I've been forced to have a closed court case by the police, while much police failure in my case happened, of which there is evidence. No witnesses except for my lawyer are allowed to be present during my court case. My court case is closed essentially to protect the rapist and the police. My lawyer and I are trying to get an open court case, so witnesses can be present during the case, and check on the government and how they're handling my case. Chances of succeeding? Minimum.
Between 85-95% of rape victims who filed a police report against their rapist, never see justice.
In my area in 2017, 2.29% of victims got justice in 2017.
1205 REPORTED RAPES IN AVON AND SOMERSET (UK) IN 1 YEAR WITH JUST 86 PEOPLE CONVICTED. (7.14%)
Since statistics are against me, I need help.
If my Dutch case gets thrown out behind doors, without any witnesses present, the next and only steps I could take would be either:
- To go to the United Kingdom to start a criminal complaint about the rapist there and find a lawyer who can help me.
- To go to Bulgaria to focus on the Bulgarian case and find a lawyer who can help me.
This would cost a lot of time and money. Time I have, money, not so much anymore after 7 months of being hospitalised, therapy, and all the costs I had to make already.
I'm hereby asking for help to fight the man who tried to drive me to suicide after he raped me.
You can do so by raising awareness on my story, or by donating something to my GoFundMe campagin, to support me in my legal case and all the costs I've been making since I started this process and need to make in the future, to help my fight for justice: to have the rapist prosecuted or held reliable in some way, and to help me defend myself against the rapist, who is supported by men with power and money.
Thank you for reading this, all your support, and anything you can do to help me. It means more than I can express in a few sentences.
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Short statement about Ex and what happened: