Considering that most rapists walk free from court, or never even make it to court in the first place, what is off-putting, what is frightening, and what is silencing, is the hysterical, gleeful, response from men and women, denigrating the complainant with a level of passion about rape which I never see in response to an actual rape conviction.
Looks ridiculous on paper right? But somehow saying it out loud appears to mitigate that. Oddly, in the wake of 'the 'Ched Evans rehab vs remorse debate', the age-old argument of 'footballers being role models' returned. But if the saga was evidence of anything it was exactly why the R word should be nowhere near football.
Ched Evans has failed yet again to gain a contract at one of England's Football League clubs. Oldham Athletic's board today backed out of negotiations, presumably due to pressure from sponsors and fans - it seems clear to me that this is the right decision for football but what is not clear is why there is so much support for Ched Evans to return to the 'beautiful game'.