UK News Rape Victim Says Judge Was Right To Warn Women Over Drinking

12:00  28 march  2017
12:00  28 march  2017 Source:   Huffington Post UK

Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custody

  Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custody Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custodyPaul Moore (51) had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence which took place on the DART in 2014.

A rape victim has defended comments made by the female judge presiding over her case that drunk women are putting themselves in danger. Megan Clark, 19, was attacked by a man she met in a fast food restaurant after drinking beer and vodka during a night out in Manchester.

Retiring judge issues warning to women about drinking and rape . She also issued a stern rebuke to the victim ’s rapist, Rodrigues Gomes, telling him that a woman being drunk is ‘not a signal for anybody to do what they like to her if she doesn’t want it’.

  Rape Victim Says Judge Was Right To Warn Women Over Drinking © BBC A rape victim has defended comments made by the female judge presiding over her case that drunk women are putting themselves in danger.

Megan Clark, 19, was attacked by a man she met in a fast food restaurant after drinking beer and vodka during a night out in Manchester.

Following the trial at Manchester Crown Court, Judge Lindsey Kushner said women should be aware that potential attackers “gravitate towards girls who have been drinking”.

Waiving her right to anonymity, Clark told the BBC that she took the judge’s comments in a “positive way” and she did not believe she was “victim-blaming”.

“She was right in what she said,” Clark added.

Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custody

  Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custody Convicted rapist Paul Moore remanded in custodyPaul Moore (51) had been on bail awaiting sentencing for the offence which took place on the DART in 2014.

A judge used her last court speech to warn women who get drunk they are in danger of being raped . Lindsey Kushner QC, who is retiring from the bench, said women are entitled to “ drink themselves into the ground”.

Judge Kushner suggested that when women get drunk they make themselves vulnerable to assault. The campaign group End Violence Against Women said : “When judges basically blame victims for rape

Judge Kushner’s comments - at the end of her final trial before retiring - prompted a storm of criticism from campaigners and charities.

She was accused of “victim-blaming” by Northumbria police and crime commissioner Dame Vera Baird, who said her comments would deter victims from coming forward.

When a fellow judge then spoke out in defence of his judicial colleague, Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, responded that it was “always disappointing to hear views expressed that lean in favour of the ‘victim-blaming’ culture that allowed sexual predators to offend with assumed impunity in days gone by”.

Clark told the BBC that she had initially blamed herself, but has since changed her view.

She said: “I (now) know it wasn’t my fault. It’s never the victim’s fault - they aren’t the problem, regardless of what I was doing.

“I felt I put myself in that situation. I need to be more careful.”

Ricardo Rodrigues-Fortes-Gomes, 19, was found guilty of two counts of rape over the July 2016 attack and jailed for six years earlier this month.

Judge Kushner said that she felt compelled to speak out, telling the sentencing hearing: “I beg girls and women to have this in mind.”

She said: “Girls are perfectly entitled to drink themselves into the ground but should be aware people who are potential defendants to rape gravitate towards girls who have been drinking.

“It shouldn’t be like that but it does happen and we see it time and time again.”

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