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I Was Friends With A CONVICTED Rapist: The Shocking Truth

rape victim 1 1
rape victim 1 1

WHAT THE FUCK?

That’s obviously what you’re thinking. And so was I when I was walking down mount road, Gorton (Manchester) as one of my friends announced the shocking news to me.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read through the Manchester Evening News article.

It’s not exactly something you wake up one day and put on your calendar… But it’s true. This isn’t some click-bait bullshit that the Daily Mail loves to vomit every day of the week.

This shit is real. And that’s why I have to share it because I couldn’t believe it.

 

Once Upon A Time

Theo J Ellis Levenshulme Back In The Day Teenager
19-year-old me back in the day.

When I was 18-19 years old, possibly even 20, I hung out with a gang of friends.

If you saw us, you would have thought we were a mob of crooks and criminals. Because well: at least 5, 8, 10, 12+ of us would hang out together at any given time.

So from the outside in it might have looked intimidating.

And there was one guy in particular who was “part of the gang” (pun intended), who’d chill with us occasionally.

Like me, he’s tall as fuck (over 6 ft at least). He had a goofy-ish personality, laughed a lot, and loved to crack jokes a lot.

Kinda like Homer Simpson, I guess (the goofy part).

homer simpson goofy

I even remember laughing with the guy in the city centre outside the retail shop: Debenhams. Or laughing AT the guy since after running around and being chased he tripped up, fell, and kissed the floor (meaning he f*cked up).

Paul (we’ll call him that) was just your average everyday person from a distance. A friend of a friend of a friend, which is how I knew him.

Certainly not a guy you’d look at and think: “yo, he looks like the kind of guy who’s a rapist”. Because let’s keep it real: There’s no such thing as “looking a certain way”.

If there was I would have seen it sooner. This is why stereotypes are dangerously overrated and inaccurate.

But that’s a story for another day.

 

A couple of years later I couldn’t believe what I was seeing

Surprised Meme Black Guy

I avoid the mainstream news because it’s full of negative stereotypes, and scum-of-the-earth shit that’s too depressing.

If I can’t do anything about what happened, then why dip my head into depressing stories which will only ruin my day? That’s my attitude towards it.

But this time I didn’t have a choice.

One of many people I know did some catching up with me. We wandered around, talking about “back in the day” and things of that nature.

And then he dumped the whole thing on me like a bucket of water.  Except I was drenched in shock rather than water. Especially after reading the news report on the internet.

WTF? That was my obvious response. And after diving into the story, well, let’s just say:

  • An innocent woman was put through a horrific rape. And if it wasn’t for what she told him, who knows what would have happened next.

She was brave to report it because 1000s of cases go unreported every year.

The end result for the culprit was obviously Jail. With a reasonably ruthless sentence compared to what you usually see (10 years).

And rightly so. And I can’t help but wonder:

  • What happened to Paul?
  • Was he always like this?
  • Was I being misled in regard to his true character?
  • What the F happened in the past 5+ years? (during that time period).

It’s uncomfortable talking about this.

If that was your “friend” or “associate”, what kind of questions would be running through your head?

What “Paul” did was wrong, no question.

What’s worse is how the victim is bound to be affected for the rest of her life. And how difficult things will be for her when trusting men.

And not in a million years would I have expected any of this to happen. Especially not so close to “home” if you know what I mean.

Every day is full of surprises. But I suppose it’s not surprising when you consider this ruthless statistic:

“Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour. These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.”

Source: Rape Crisis England & Wales Statistics

What a f*cking shame.

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