On BBC Question time, Jerry Hayes made some horrific comments that any rape that does not end in conviction is not rape. - That the rape never happened.
Comments such as these perpetuate rape culture, and make it even harder for survivors to come forward and report the crime to the police, for fear of not being believed or taken seriously. Jerry Hayes is a barrister, one who could have direct contact with rape trials. His views are dangerous, and he should be made to apologise for them.
As his comments were distressing and harmful to many rape survivors and their friends and families. It has been well documented what a gruelling procedure going to court, for those cases that make it that far, and the victim being treated like the accused; only a few months ago, a woman committed suicide after having to go through a court trial to try and convict her rapist. To give a platform to such a man, is disgraceful and shocking for the BBC.
There will be no way to truly rectify what damage may have already been done, but to get Jerry Hayes to apologise for his dreadful comments, and acknowledge them as wrong, may in some respects help and to get the BBC to pledge never to give a platform for him to spew rape-apologist statements which causes distress and offence to viewers and to apologise for not taking action when the comments were first made.
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- Lauren Read
By saying that any rape that does not end in a prosecution didn't happen is incredibly distressing for rape victims, and friends and family of rape victims to hear, especially saying that many of those who did report the rape to the police had to go through gruelling procedures and interviews before even getting to court. Then having to go through the whole ordeal again in court, where the victim is often made to feel like the accused. As you are well aware only a few months ago, a woman committed suicide after having to go through a court trial to try and convict her rapist. To give a platform to such a man, is disgraceful and shocking for the BBC.
A scarily large percentage of women and men will face some kind of sexual assault in their lifetime, to allow a man with such horrific views to air them on television, is offensive.
There will truly be no way to fully rectify this, as the damage has already been done, but an apology on the BBC's behalf and an apology from Jerry Hayes and admittance of what they said being wrong may do something to alleviate the distress and hurt caused, but it will not fix it.
I have always been a loyal viewer of Question time and of the BBC, but if you continue to give platforms for such rape apologists, and victim-blamers, I will be forced to boycott the BBC as these views are harmful to a large proportion of the population.