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Ched Evans Should Be Able To Work Wherever He Can Find It

by | 29th, September 2014

Evans to return to United

 

CHED Evans is a convicted rapist. He’s also a former Sheffield United and Wales footballer. Next week, he’s scheduled to leave prison.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Sheffield United not to re-sign him.

The petition says Evans’ return to the club would be a “deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist”.

That seems unfair. What should he do? What job is fitting for a rapist? What income level or job satisfaction are rapists permitted to have?

Karen Ingala Smith of East London Rape Crisis said, “we’re not talking about someone simply returning to work, we’re talking about someone who is lauded as a role model and hero”.

Is that his fault? And are football fans so thick and misoynistic they will pat Evans on the back and sing his name from the rafters? Why is football different and its fans in need of a moral education?

Evans is a convicted rapist whether he’s rewiring a house or scoring a goal. We don’t have to like him. We don’t have to emply him. But he should be given the chance to make amends and live his life to the best of his abilities.

Evans had sex with a woman immediately after his friend had. He never got consent. He never bothered to ask. And rightly he has been made to pay for the crime. His victim, as the petition says, is forever sullied:

The clear message to young boys and men is that you will be forgiven for this crime. Women will not be believed when they accuse you of that crime even if a court believes them. The message given is that men who commit such atrocious crimes will suffer only a small penance whilst the women they attack suffer for the rest of their lives.

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