Suspend Adam Johnson whilst he remains on bail and during ongoing investigation for alleged sexual offence against a child.
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Adam Johnson is under police investigation at this time for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a girl under 16. A child.
Out of respect for the fact that a charge may/may not be brought against him as a result of ongoing police investigations and if so, this could be a charge of a serious sexual offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, then we ask that Sunderland AFC continue their position of suspension for a player who is under investigation for potentially committing a crime of sexual violence.
Of course justice must take its course. No one is condemning Adam Johnson without a full and just police and legal process according to the criminal justice system of the UK, but out of respect for girls who have been groomed by older men, throughout the UK, then, if a famous man is accused of similar criminal activity, this should be taken seriously by all, and this includes his employers.
We ask that Ellis Short and his team take into consideration the fact that many girls do not come forward in cases of grooming/sexual exploitation by older men for fear that they will not be believed. We ask that he waits, respectfully, for the police investigation to conclude and does not put the needs of business, profit and success above the needs of young girls to know that if they do ask for help if this occurs then they will be believed and helped.
This is not the right time to put a man accused of sexual activity with a child out onto a pitch. It is a dangerous message to both child victims of sexual exploitation and those who would potentially sexually exploit children.
Jean Hatchet and Ms Blefuscu.
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