Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Australia: Father of woman raped by Muslim gang feels that court system has failed her

Chris Merritt:

THE father of one of the Sydney women raped seven years ago by Bilal Skaf's gang says rape victims should avoid court, and take matters into their own hands instead.

The father, who cannot be named, said criminal justice in the state was so biased against victims of crime that rape victims should have nothing to do with it.

"Do not go to court. Sort it out outside of the court, if you get my drift," he told The Australian.

"Once you get to court, you will not get justice. It is a justice system in name only."

This father's damning assessment was delivered after a man known as MG was acquitted of raping his daughter, who can be identified only as Miss C.

While MG was acquitted of raping Miss C, he did not walk free. He is serving two 15-year sentences for his role in other rapes.

Skaf and other members of his gang are already serving prison sentences for attacks on Miss C.

Her father's advice to avoid the justice system prompted the NSW Rape Crisis Centre to call for urgent reforms to ensure people are not tempted to take the law into their own hands.

"Violence solves nothing," said manager Karen Willis.

"I empathise with this man's position. What his daughter has gone through for seven years would be appalling. It shows we still need more changes such as special sexual assault courts to ensure people do not take the law into their own hands."

Miss C's father said his daughter had received "horrific" treatment by the courts and defence lawyers.

"They subpoenaed her medical records and even said in court that she had an orgasm during one of the rapes. How in the hell would they know?" he said.

"She now rarely goes out. She won't go out in crowds and when she does, she won't go out for very long.

"She hates being outside, particularly when she sees Muslims. She is so anti-Islam it is unbelievable, and to be honest, so am I."

The fact that the MG case dragged on for more than five years meant he no longer had any faith in the adversarial system of justice.

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