Katie’s courage over rape ordeal is humbling
The courage of 23-yearold Katie Johnston in speaking out about her rape ordeal is humbling.
So many victims choose, understandably, to keep the experience to themselves. So many attacks go unreported for fear of failed prosecution or traumatising probes.
But graduate Katie is determined to reduce the blame on victims. She has been able to accept that none of the shame is hers. Not a trace of it. She was an innocent young woman making her way home from a night out in Aberdeen.
All the shame and blame belong to vile predator Alasdair McDonald, who’s been sentenced to 10 years. Throw away the key, please. Testimony from survivors such as Katie will likely do much more to encourage other victims to report the crime than the Crown Office’s new “reluctant complainers” policy that may compel them to testify.
She is quite amazing.