Apologise for and retract your victim-blaming comments to a rape victim
  • Petitioned Judge Niclas Parry

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Caenarfon Crown Court
Judge Niclas Parry

Apologise for and retract your victim-blaming comments to a rape victim

    1. Catherine Scott
    2. Petition by

      Catherine Scott

      Woburn Sands, United Kingdom

On 14 December, BBC news reported that Anthony Parry, 49, had been sentenced to 6 years in prison for raping a 19 year-old student. Parry attacked the woman while she was unconscious and ignored her pleas for him to stop when she woke up.

While the sentence is good news for the victim, the judge's words on sentencing were definitely not.

Judge Niclas Parry said that by drinking heavily and taking drugs on the night of her attack, the victim had "let herself down badly." He also described her as being made "easy prey for a rapist". Despite the victim's behaviour being absolutely irrelevant to her rapist's actions, the Judge still felt the need to mention it, and perpetuate a toxic culture of victim-blaming which already means rape is not taken seriously enough in our society.

By focusing on the victim's behaviour - even while SENTENCING a rapist who was found GUILTY - Judge Niclas Parry has implied that victims are partially culpable for what happens to them. He has also fed into the myth that rapists are somehow not totally responsible for their actions. If judges are still blaming victims even while sentencing rapists, this contributes to a society where women are too ashamed to report rapes and rapists will continue to go unpunished. The blame for rape needs to be laid squarely and solely at the feet of the men who choose to rape.

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    • k j athas FOSTER, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Rape is an act of violence. The victim has not sought violence.

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    • jenny heppenstall WAKEFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      If we have judges ,barristers make comments that imply the victim is also to blame we know that this is not the case its males again giving the wrong message to men ,the blame for rape and grooming needs to be laid solely with those men .If these professional s are getting it wrong then we need to be looking at professionals with experience and understanding . Why not look on Soroptimist International of Yorkshire's website on these concern's.

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    • Kay Lambourne MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      To stop the believe by these Judges that children don't matter .It appears that the courts are full of child abusers or allows it to be covered up enough is enough

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    • Frankie smales LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      it is both unrealistic and wrong

      for blaming a victim of being

      the architect of any sex crime

      trials this usualy sensationalised in dramatic tv but this kinda behaviour in courts should stop and i am

      passionate to help thoes to seek truth and justice without truth there is no justice is'nt free so count me in.

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    • SHIRLEY BOWDEN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      Justice foe abuse victims.

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