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November 13, 2017

THE Ched Evans rape case was a serious miscarriage of justice because everything that possibly could be done was done to ensure that the anonymous young girl – who, of course, never herself made an allegation of rape against Evans; the police in this case did it for her  – was believed and reference to her chequered sexual history was banned inside or outside court.

It highlighted how the authorities now instantly abandon level scales of justice and announce that women will be believed and treated seriously if they complain then will enjoy special treatment not afforded to a man  – complete anonymity and a bar to any identifying information – because, of course, so many women and children were disbelieved in the past, particularly in the Jimmy Saville case.

This special treatment extends to historical cases where sexual allegations are made about someone’s past conduct and where, very often, the person is dead so cannot defend themselves. The recent probes into the conduct of former Conservative prime minister Edward Heath around children highlight this. A great deal of public money has been spent on these investigations, prompted by complaints from anonymous sources.

In Wales, we have had the case of former north Wales police Superintendant Gordon Anglesea, who persistently denied allegations of abusing boys in his care until he was finally convicted, further arming conspiracy theorists and radical feminists who allege all male masonic cover-ups and shocking failures in the policing of sex cases.

Vera Baird, Northumberland’s police and crime commissioner, condemned the decision by a jury to overturn his conviction at Cardiff Crown Court in October last year in a case presided over by judge Nicola Davies.

The horrendous nightmare for Evans – who served about two years of his five year sentence in jail until the verdict was overturned – started when she complained to North Wales police that she had woken up in a hotel bedroom near Rhyl in a confused and distressed state. He then openly volunteered information to police about the sex session in 2011 which he believed was consensual.

A case against Evans and his friend and fellow footballer Clayton McDonald was then prepared with no reference to the girl or her history and at Caernarfon Crown Court in April, 2012, a jury amazingly found McDonald not guilty but Evans guilty of rape in a case presided over by judge Merfyn Hughes QC.

I keep coming back to this land-mark case –  defence lawyers have been banned from cross-examining alleged rape victims in court about their sexual behaviour or history since 1999 but the Court of Appeal said Evans’ case was exceptional – because it raises fundamental questions for society about how we treat modern women who make allegations of a sexual nature. It is important to note that it is not by any means just women who make allegations of a sexual nature as many men are attacked, too.

I use the words “modern women” because recent forays into genealogy have made me very aware of the shameful history in Britain of unchallenged male oppression of and violence towards women.

Women who weren’t married did not get the vote until 1928 and a marriage licence has traditionally afforded the husband many rights over his wife, including until fairly recently the right to force himself upon her sexually. Many wives, I have no doubt, have suffered in silence over many years.

Much of modern society is now being organised specifically to address this past injustice and imbalance between the sexes and, more specifically, how they were traditionally investigated and prosecuted by police and lawyers who were overwhelmingly male.

It is no accident that the chief constable of the Metropolitan police, Cressida Dick,  is a woman.

The stench of masonic corruption still hangs around that force, particularly, and so much more needs to be done to restore public faith in them.

First, it is wrong for police officers to state that people who complain about sexual misconduct will be believed because they are automatically discriminating against others who have other allegations to make – will people who complain of burglary at their homes, fires and financial fraud, and non sexual violent assaults be believed?

They should not, either, be encouraged to report, just as none of the people who may have been affected by any of the above are ever encouraged to report it.

The scales of justice are so powerful and so well respected because they are always level and not weighted in favour of anyone, no matter how rich, powerful or, in this case, female.



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