21 October 2014

Ched Evans and Football's Culture of Denial

Despite Evans' persistent protests of his innocence, the fact remains: he is a convicted rapist. He has the right to a second chance and the right to make a living, but there are plenty of roles in football he could return to - the prestige of playing in front of thousands shouldn't be one of them. Welcoming him back with open arms will alienate a huge demographic of fans and undermine the plight of the 85,000 women who are raped annually, and the 400,000 who are sexually assaulted. That Evan's spent three years incarcerated, 'paying his debt', does not change the fact his victim will bear the scars for life.

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