UK- Judge frees predator while asserting victim is to blame

For immediate release: August 6, 2013

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director, 314-862-7688 [email protected]

A man credibly accused of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl and was found with possession of child pornography was freed today by a judge in Essex asserting that victim was at fault. 

Judge Nigel Peters called the victim a sexual predator, claimed that she was “egging” on the accused, Neil Wilson, and because she appeared and acted older, informed Wilson that “Allowing her to visit your home is something we have to clamp down on and in normal circumstances that would mean a significant term in prison.” 

This victim is never to blame in any sexual abuse case, but especially not when it comes to a child. We are outraged that Judge Peters would label the victim as “predatory” and instead release the real predator back into the community. The judge not only wronged the victim, but put children in harm’s way. 

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