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A most ingenious paradox.

By Mike Cunningham On November 18th, 2014 at 11:29 am

Consider the facts.

A young woman claims she has been raped, and a jury finds her case proven, and the defendant guilty.

The defence argued firstly that the sex was consensual, as both participants were drunk, and then that the alleged victim, as she had no true recollection of the events, had not suffered. The accused still claims innocence, and refuses to apologise, even after he is released from prison after serving half his sentence.

The problem is compounded by the fact that the accused is a very well-known and prominent footballer; he claims that, even though he has always stated his innocence, he has done his time, and should be allowed to go on with his life.

His life seems to still revolve around football, and his club, Sheffield United, are allowing him to train with the club, but have not yet signed a contract.

Because of the Club’s stance in even considering allowing the rapist’s return, high-profile patrons of the club, such as Jessica Ennis-Hill of Olympic fame has asked that, if the rapist returns to the club, her name should be removed from the stand. Others have followed Jessica’s stance.

The Professional Footballers Association of Ireland have defended the club for their forgiving attitude, and further stated  “There was no violence and thankfully the victim has no recollection of it. This, I hasten to add, does not make it right, or anything close to it, but it is nonetheless a mitigating factor.

So, should Jessica speak up or shut up; and should this fine, upstanding role-model go back to the pitch, and his extremely-large pay-packet, and bye-gones should be bye-gones; or should he be banned from all football, for life, for this crime of violence against an unresisting young woman?


By Pete Moore On November 4th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Nearly two weeks ago, at PMQs, Labour MP Tom Watson reported suspicions that a senior aide of a former Prime Minister was part of a widespread paedophile ring –

That made the Commons go quiet. Now Watson says this on his blog (my emphasis, and h/t to Old Holborn) –

Some of those powerful people involved in a cover up may well have been – and could still be – powerful politicians.

I’m not going to let this drop despite warnings from people who should know that my personal safety is imperilled if I dig any deeper. It’s spooked me so much that I’ve kept a detailed log of all the allegations should anything happen […] What I am going to do personally is to speak out on this extreme case of organised abuse in the highest places.

It’s not often I wish a Labour MP well, but happy hunting and stay safe. If threats have been made then making it known publicly that arrangements are in place, should anything happen to him, might not be a bad idea.


By David Vance On May 18th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I found this insight into the currently imprisoned Head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss Kahn illuminating;

The abrupt arrest of IMF acting head Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of sexual assault against an employee at the New York hotel where he was staying are being treated as shocking in France. This is a “coup de tonnerre,” a bolt from the blue, not to mention a body blow to the socialist party he was to represent in the upcoming elections. Everyone in Paris claims to be amazed, shaken–and doing some soul searching this Monday morning.

Very few, however, are protesting “DSK”‘s innocence. But if the news really came as such a jarring surprise, shouldn’t there be a clamour of disbelief? The shameful fact is that this news was not so much a shock as a long time coming.

In 2006, French journalists Christophe Deloire and Christophe Dubois wrote a book called Sexus Politicus about the colorful sexual lives of French politicians. While the American press tended to focus on the revelations about politicians of whom they had heard (Chirac, Mitterand, Sarkozy), the book also contained a chapter on risky, aggressive sexual behavior–titled “L’Affair DSK.” As Mr. Deloire wrote in today’s Le Monde, the media’s strange code of silence about sexual abuse at the high levels of government may well have permitted, if not enabled, DSK’s most recent offense. Egregiously, this book was published the year before Strauss-Kahn became head of the IMF–the year he was accused of rape by French journalist Tristane Banon who just happened to be Strauss-Kahn’s wife’s goddaughter, not to mention 30 years his junior (the French police declined to press charges in 2007, but may reconsider now). Less than 12 months later, DSK was back in the news, this time for having an affair with IMF subordinate Paula Nagy, in the course of which he abused his official position, as he later admitted.

Just what sort of man has been Head of the IMF?  Did you read that 60% of French people think he is a victim of a plot? Victoria Coates concludes;

If there is a silver lining to this sordid episode, it is that l’affair DSK provides an opportunity to shine a harsh light on the tacit condonement of sexual abuse in the world’s theoretically-charitable institutions ranging from the U.N. to the Peace Corps. While the vast majority of the victims have suffered in anonymous silence, DSK can provide a very famous face and ample publicity to this dirty little secret that has been kept for far too long–and if this case can force some much-needed reform and accounability then Strauss-Kahn may finally do some good, however unwillingly.