Everyday Victim Blaming Petition: tell Crown Prosecution Service to take action over “sexual predator” court comments

Link to Change.org Petition: "Crown Prosecution Service"
Link to Change.org Petition: “Crown Prosecution Service”

Everyday Victim Blaming (Ending Victimisation) has created a petition demanding action be taken to correct yesterday’s court case which targeted the 13 year old victim as “predatory”, enabling her abuser to walk free. Please sign and share the petition (linked above)! Follow @EVB_Now on Twitter for updates.

From Court News UK, 5 August 2013:

YORK A judge allowed a paedophile to walk free today (Mon) after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Judge Nigel Peters told Neil Wilson, 41, he had also taken account the fact the child looked older. Prosecutor Robert Colover, told the judge: ‘The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.’ Wilson lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where he watched her strip out of her school uniform before she performed a sex act on him. The abuse did not come to light until the girl confided in a friend who then told police. During a search of Wilson’s home officers also uncovered a stash of vile images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child and was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Judge Peters told him: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable. ‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older. ‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew. ‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison. ‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on. ‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’

Link to the Guardian: "Misogyny Runs So Deep in this Society, It is Even Used Against Abused Children"
Link to the Guardian: “Misogyny Runs So Deep in this Society, It is Even Used Against Abused Children”

From Kevin Rawlinson, The Independent:

Campaigners began demanding answers today after news reports revealed that the judge accepted suggestions that the teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was complicit in her own abuse; despite her being well below the age of consent. She was accused in court of ‘egging her abuser on’ and was described as “looking older” than her thirteen years. But anti-rape campaigners railed at the accusation that the young victim was promiscuous during Wilson’s sentencing. They argued that it facilitates the sexual abuse of children.

One woman, who was herself raped as a child, told The Independent that she “could have been that 13-year-old girl” and added that child victims of abuse often do not believe that they are victims at all because of the grooming process they have been put through. A petition was also started on the campaigning website Change.org after the story emerged, demanding an end to “victim blaming” language in sex crime cases.

YORK A judge allowed a paedophile to walk free today (Mon) after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Judge Nigel Peters told Neil Wilson, 41, he had also taken account the fact the child looked older. Prosecutor Robert Colover, told the judge: ‘The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.’ Wilson lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where he watched her strip out of her school uniform before she performed a sex act on him. The abuse did not come to light until the girl confided in a friend who then told police. During a search of Wilson’s home officers also uncovered a stash of vile images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child and was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Judge Peters told him: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable. ‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older. ‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew. ‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison. ‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on. ‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’ – See more at: http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/newsgallery/?public_id=33935#sthash.vMJ0i7Tm.dpuf
YORK A judge allowed a paedophile to walk free today (Mon) after his 13-year-old victim was described as a ‘sexual predator’ in court. Judge Nigel Peters told Neil Wilson, 41, he had also taken account the fact the child looked older. Prosecutor Robert Colover, told the judge: ‘The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.’ Wilson lured the teenager to his home in Romford, Essex, where he watched her strip out of her school uniform before she performed a sex act on him. The abuse did not come to light until the girl confided in a friend who then told police. During a search of Wilson’s home officers also uncovered a stash of vile images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality. He pleaded guilty to two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child and was handed a suspended sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Judge Peters told him: ‘You have come as close to prison as is imaginable. ‘I have taken in to account that even though the girl was 13, the prosecution say she looked and behaved a little bit older. ‘You knew she was not nearly 16 as she said and your plea of guilty recognises that you knew. ‘Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison. ‘On these facts, the girl was predatory and was egging you on. ‘That is no defence when dealing with children but I am prepared to impose a suspension.’ – See more at: http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/newsgallery/?public_id=33935#sthash.vMJ0i7Tm.dpuf
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