Question Time: Sexually-abused woman slams UK justice system as an ‘absolute tragedy’


A woman who detailed the terrifying abuse she was allegedly subjected to has slammed the UK’s justice system as ‘an absolute tragedy.’

Colette was speaking on BBC’s Question Time on Thursday during a discussion on what the government is doing to protect women and girls.

She asked if the government was doing enough, after Boris Johnson revealed he would double the size of a fund for local street safety measures such as better lighting and CCTV.

Undercover officers will also patrol areas around bars and clubs in the radical new plans aimed at protecting women from sexual violence.

The increased scrutiny of women’s safety comes after the death and suspected murder of Sarah Everard.

The audience member, after revealing her ordeal, said: “There’s no deterrent, where’s the deterrent if you attack somebody and take their life or if you rape a woman?

“It’s not just women who are attacked and raped it’s men too.

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Question Time aired on the BBC on Thursday night

“There’s no deterrent at all, we are too soft, our justice system is an absolute tragedy, people get away frankly with murder.

“How many more women and children and men have got to suffer like me and many others in order to make somebody wake up and listen?”

She added: “I don’t think our justice system works in any way.”

Earlier in the episode the woman detailed a time where she allegedly experienced ‘very serious sexual violence at the hands of men.’

She said somebody threatened her in broad daylight and got into her car with a knife, and she fled using her vehicle but faced possible arrest for using ‘unreasonable force.’

Shadow minister for domestic violence Jess Phillips

She told the audience that she was later asked about the clothes she wore and if she ‘provoked’ the person who attacked her.

She added that the person is now serving life sentences for murder and rape and she claimed she was not taken seriously.

Labour MP Jess Phillips went on to say the government was not doing enough to protect women and said they couldn’t come up with ‘random suggestions that nobody asked for.’

It comes after plans were announced on Monday including the rolling out of ‘Project Vigilant’ pilots across the country, where both uniformed and plain clothes officers identify predatory and suspicious offenders at night.

This can involve officers attending areas around clubs and bars undercover to protect women, as well as increased patrols as people leave at closing time.

The measures are being considered in response to the outpouring of women’s experiences in the wake of the death of Sarah Everard.

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