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The Verdict

The Verdict was first published in ‘Skirting Around’ Issue 1 April 2021.


Court cases decided

By what the victim wears


‘She asked for it’

‘What do you expect?’

‘Dressed like that’

‘Tart’

‘Whore’

‘Hooker’

‘Prostitute’


Her words not heard

Her bravery unseen

Her pain unacknowledged


Her rapist looks on

Smiles at her distress


The jury reaches its verdict

He walks free