• 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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    • Dominic Deng DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 hours ago

      He clearly wants to put the whole saga beside as if it never happened and the supporters of his former club are desperate to latch on to a fantasy that taints the victim as a liar- solely for football reasons. Only 1 in 70 rape cases convict the defendants and the website funded by his girlfriend's father lacks the full details of the trial to allow everyone to judge the verdict. Ched's video statement was hollow and seemed more concerned of the part of his career he's lost. I know Marlon King, Lee Hughes & Luke McCormick were allowed to return (and wrongly so) but it is a chance for Sheff Utd to make a stand.

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    • Joanne Hackett SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 4 hours ago

      I am a season ticket holder at Bramhall Lane although Ched has done what lots of men have done had sex with a very drunk girl and I don't believe he was violent I would be horrified if that happened to me. To hear the sickening songs that some supporters sing boils my blood they actually support what he did. United need to stand up and say out right that they don't support what he did and there is no place for someone like that playing at United.

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    • Emily Smith SETAUKET, NY
      • about 5 hours ago

      Until Ched Evans feels remorse for his disgusting wrongdoing, justice has not been served. A convicted rapist does not deserve the privilege of being a role model for young aspiring footballers everywhere. Him being reinstated would be a huge step back not only for the integrity of the club and the sport in general, but for women's/human rights as well.

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    • Heather Aitken GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 6 hours ago

      Rapists of any kind should not be welcomed back into society with open arms. Just because someone's a "celebrity" doesn't mean they should get special treatment.

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    • Daniel Taylor LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 7 hours ago

      Because to reduce rape it needs a strong message that this isn't right, we won't accept it, it is not a part of our society...unfortunately fighting to stop a convicted rapist gaining back a position deemed worthy of being called 'role model' isn't a sign of a strong stance, as it should be a granted, but at least its a start

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