Advice from the Attorney General not to identify victims in sexual offence cases

The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to consider whether any criminal offences have been committed in regards to identifying the victim in the case pertaining to Ched Evans.

The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, would like to remind editors, publishers and social media users that identifying a victim in a sexual offences case is a criminal offence and could be subject to prosecution. “Victims in sexual offence cases are entitled to lifelong anonymity and should not be named or identified publicly,” he said. “Anyone who is involved in the identification of a victim risks being prosecuted.
All complaints made to my office where a victim’s identity is supposedly revealed – whether it’s on social media, on websites or in newspapers will be investigated.

Section 1 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 provides that complainants in sexual offence cases are entitled to lifelong anonymity in the media and should not be identified in a written publication available to the public or a relevant programme for reception in England and Wales. Section 5 makes it an offence to breach these provisions. A prosecution may be brought only by, or with the consent of, the Attorney General.

Trolling legacy for convicted rapist’s victim

Ched Evans was convicted of raping a teenager, whose identity was revealed on Twitter.
Ched Evans was convicted of raping a teenager, whose identity was revealed on Twitter. Courtesy: Wikipedia

The woman a court has found to be raped by footballer Ched Evans is continuing to relive her horror as trolls continue their campaign of terror against the teenager.

Sicko fans of Ched Evans have forced the woman he was convicted of raping to move home 5 times, her father has said. Convicted rapist, Evans, even sought to rub salt in the wounds, by posting a CCTV video allegedly showing the teenager going into a hotel with a man later acquitted of rape, which was prior to being engaged in sex by Evans.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the father of the teenager spoke of the effect supporters of the now disgraced footballer were having on his daughter. “It’s the fifth time she’s had to move in under three years, she is just living her life on the run,” he said. “I couldn’t even see her over Christmas because it’s too risky for her to visit me.
I don’t even know where she is living at the moment, so I haven’t been able to give her the Christmas presents I bought her.
The last time I saw her was almost a year ago, and it’s been hard not having her at home over Christmas. I just want her near me so I can protect her.

The UK’s Attorney General’s office has said they will be looking into a letter sent by the father of the teenager about the situation. “One of our senior lawyers has been seriously considering the number of issues raised in the letter since we received it on November 12 and we hope to reach a conclusion shortly,” a spokesman said. “We apologise that the victim’s father has not been kept updated and we will be in touch with him as soon as possible.

Madeley prosecution warnings ‘disgusting’

DISGUSTING: Publicity-seeking Richard Madeley Chloe Madeley, have been criticised for expecting police time over trolling. Courtesy: Press Association
DISGUSTING: Publicity-seeking Richard Madeley Chloe Madeley, have been criticised for expecting police time over trolling. Courtesy: Press Association

Threats have been made by Richard Madeley to ensure those who trolled his family because of the offensive messages by his wife, Judy Finnigan, will face prosecution. Judy Finnigan caused gross offense when she said the victim of convicted rapist, Ched Evans, did not feel rape, despite the scientific fact that the human mind can be traumatised regardless of the extent to which someone is conscious.

Twitter trolls piled on the daughter of the TV duo, Chloe Madeley, an English television presenter, freelance journalist, and model. Threats of rape, lacking credibility, were made to Chloe Madeley, a former participant in Dancing on Ice.

Internet trolling expert Jonathan Bishop said the threats by Richard Madeley lacked fairness. “It is disgusting that Richard Madeley can seek advantage in the criminal justice system when he, his wife, and his daughter are never out of the public eye,” he said. “Publicity seeking figures like these should be of beyond normal fortitude, so that these rape and other threats should go over their heads and have no effect on them.
Any ordinary member of the public, of normal fortitude or below normal fortitude, perhaps should expect the police to take action.
A search for words on Twitter like those sent to Chloe Finnigan will show there are many members of the public who could be eligible for police action not getting such help who lack the thick skin celebrities like Richard Madeley, Judy Finnigan, and Chloe Madeley should reasonably be expected to have.

Convicted rapist’s victim forced to flee home

The victim of convicted rapist Ched Evans has been forced to flee her home in North Wales after being bombarded with death threats.

The 19-year-old girl was forced to leave her home in Rhyl, North Wales, where convicted rapist Evans is still seen as a local hero. Her identity had been illegally revealed on Twitter where she was accused of “crying rape” and “money grabbing”.

Ched Evans was convicted of raping a teenager, who has since received death threats and been forced to flee her home. Courtesy: Wikipedia

Convicted rapist Ched Evans, 23, was a former player for Manchester City, Norwich and Sheffield United. He was jailed in April by Caernarfon Crown Court after the court declared he lured the teenage girl to his hotel room after a drunken night out where he attacked her.

Some of Evans’ supporters on Twitter have been found guilty of revealing the identity of the teenager, and order to pay £624 compensation to her for illegally naming her on websites.

Internet trolling expert, Jonathan Bishop, a victim of a serious sexual assault himself says the girl’s life will never be the same, “One is afraid to go into any situation at all where things could be taken the wrong way,” he said. “You live every day afraid that if you do anything wrong an unethical barrister will turf up your past and use it against you.

Bishop says the Internet is not always the best place for victims to seek help. “You may go online thinking you can get help, from what are called ‘MHBFY Jennies’, but all too often you come across people called Snerts ready to abuse you,” he said. “Things are worse today with Hater Trollers, who will attack people just because they are a celebrity or have a difference with a celebrity.

A friend of the teenager who the court found was raped by Ched Evans described the situation. “The poor girl is at her wits’ end. She feels as though she’s the one to blame for this whole horrific ordeal,” they said. “Never in a million years did she believe that by reporting what happened to the police she would be driven out of her family home and into a different country. The abuse ranged from the vile to threats of death. It’s a disgrace.