• Petitioning Kevin McCabe - Chairman Of Sheffield Utd Football Club

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Kevin McCabe - Chairman Of Sheffield Utd Football Club
Prince Abdullah Bin Musa'ad Bin Abdul Aziz

Refuse to reinstate Ched Evans as a player at Sheffield United.

    1. Petition by

      Jean Hatchet

      United Kingdom

Warning: This petition contains information about sexual assault that may be upsetting to some readers.

Ched Evans was convicted of rape. It was a process of justice. To even consider reinstating him as a player at the same club is a deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist.

For the male leaders of the club to endorse him and "welcome him back" is an absolute humiliation to all women who expect the men who commit gross acts of violence against women to pay for what they have done and part of that is relinquishing the celebrity they attained, and in this case used as a tool to facilitate the violence. The clear message to young boys and men is that you will be forgiven for this crime. Women will not be believed when they accuse you of that crime even if a court believes them.

The message given is that men who commit such atrocious crimes will suffer only a small penance whilst the women they attack suffer for the rest of their lives. 

Sheffield United Football Club must not reinforce that message. 

To:
Kevin McCabe - Chairman Of Sheffield Utd Football Club
Prince Abdullah Bin Musa'ad Bin Abdul Aziz
Refuse to reinstate Ched Evans as a player at Sheffield United.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Ched Evans Petition - Let's keep raising our voices about violence against women

      Jean Hatchet
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday Ched Evans left prison after serving just half of his sentence and I just want to take a moment to say thank you so much for your support this week.  

      This petition has created a huge debate in the media that I hadn’t seen coming. When I started it I thought maybe just a few hundred women would sign it. Women who already know that male violence is a huge problem that needs to be stopped in the strongest terms by our judiciary, government, police and educators.

      Now 150,000 people have signed it. It’s been supported by wonderful organisations like Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis who said barring Ched Evans would “send out a strong message condemning sexual violence against women”.

      I started this petition because a jury found him guilty. He was not granted an appeal because the courts were convinced justice was served. Yet he still protests his innocence. He has benefited from the support of his website which reinforces the trauma of his victim by calling her a liar - and therefore calls the British justice system a liar too. The rest of his sentence needs serving when he gets out. He is not yet a totally "free" man. I believe he needs to repair the damage he caused and find a way to apologise to his victim and society.

      If he were to return to high profile football it would send the message that rape isn't that big a deal.

      I have been subject to vile abuse on Twitter for starting this conversation. It tells me why this debate is needed. If you speak out about male violence against women - you get yet more violence from men. This is wrong.

      Let's not stop raising our voices about violence against women. Please keep sharing the petition: www.change.org/chedevans

      Thank you again for your support,
      Jean

    2. Reached 150,000 signatures
    3. Reports say Ched Evans plans to sign new contract with Sheffield United

      Jean Hatchet
      Petition Organizer

      Once again I would like to thank you for signing the petition to urge Sheffield United Football Club to reconsider signing the convicted rapist Ched Evans.

      Unfortunately the club is still not responding to the pressure of 60,000 signatures and recent media reports suggest that Ched Evans will attend the Club on a day of parole to sign a contract.

      The story was reported in the Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/convicted-rapist-footballer-ched-evans-3604122

      This is deeply offensive to his victim and to rape survivors everywhere. Men are joking on Twitter about how wonderful it will be to have him back. We need to send a clear message: if you rape a woman you will have to pay a price. A lucrative contract should not be your "reward".

      Many say he is entitled to work. I don't deny this at all. But the symbolic nature of returning to the very privileged position as a role model for young people and a representative of a City is not appropriate and sends a very damaging message about the consequences of rape.

      Please continue to share the petition.

    4. Reached 50,000 signatures

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    • Zoe Sharratt LICHFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 43 minutes ago

      He's a dirty rapist who does not deserve to carry on living a happy life when his victim will not and doesn't have the choice.

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    • Ashlee Simins READING, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 hour ago

      He doesn't realise the wrong that he did. It could show to football fans that whatever he did wasn't important and was a petty thing to lock him up for so long, when that shouldn't be the case.

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    • Dave Miller LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 hour ago

      more men need to make a stand against all forms of abuse of women.

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    • Oliver Kemp NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 hours ago

      As a supporter of Sheffield United I would be appalled to see a rapist at the club, for moral reasons and in the interests of fairness - If I carried a rape conviction there's no chance I would be able to get a well paid job, how on earth can he expect to?

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    • Jennifer Hall CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 hours ago

      He may have served his time in prison but to place him back in a position of power in which he will be idolised and a role model to young boys and men is unacceptable and offensive to any woman to have ever experienced any form of sexual abuse. His victim will live with this for the rest of her life yet he gets to walk back into the life that he had?! Unbelievable. What impression does this have on those who look up to him as a football player?! Disgusting!

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