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Combat sexist system that treats women with contempt

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Issue 2435

Supporters of convicted rapist Ched Evans say he should be able to resume his career as a footballer because he has served his sentence.

When he was released last autumn, his former club Sheffield United wanted him back. But it changed its mind after public outrage. 

Now Oldham Athletic is looking to sign him. But his behaviour, and that of his supporters in the intervening months, show why it should not.

Evans refuses to accept any blame or responsibility for what he did. Indeed, since his release he has said that he sees himself as a “role model”. He cannot be welcomed back into professional football.

Supporters have set up a website calling for him to be cleared and blaming the woman he attacked for being drunk. 

She has been forced to move and change her name five times after coming under attack on Twitter.

But this is not just about Evans as an individual. 

Just last year it emerged that police abandoned many young women and girls in Rotherham to abuse and rape because society saw them as “worthless”. 

One 12 year old was found in a derelict house with another child and a number of men. But police arrested her for being drunk and disorderly.

The whole system so often treats women with contempt. We must fight to change it.


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