Katie’s courage over rape or­deal is hum­bling

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lesley Roberts -

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.

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