A woman who released audio of her rapist’s confession says she wants to show how “manipulative” abusers can be.
Ellie Wilson, 25, recorded with her phone in her bag Confidentially to Daniel McFarlane When I agreedwent their crimes.
McFarlane was there He was convicted of two counts of rape and sentenced to five years in prison From a UK jail in July last year.
Despite the audio and written testimony used in court, Wilson said the verdict was not unanimous.
The attacks took place between December 2017 and February 2018, when McFarlane was a medical student at the University of Glasgow.
Since being convicted, Wilson — at the time a political science major and track and field competitor — He has campaigned General In support of victims Sexual assaults.
Earlier this week, a year after the incident, Wilson released audio of a secretly recorded conversation with McFarlane on Twitter.
In the recording he asks: “Don’t you understand how horrible it feels when you say, ‘I didn’t rape you’?”
McFarlane replies, “Ellie, we’ve already established what I have. The people I need to believe me, believe me. One day I’ll tell them the truth, but not today.”
When asked how he feels about what he did, he replies: “I feel good knowing I’m not in jail.”
A positive response
He tweets found For more than 200,000 people.
Wilson explained to the BBC that he released the video because many people wondered what evidence there was for the rape allegation.
I confirm that reaction changed “Very positive“Although a minority are very unpleasant.
Even if the online statement is recorded, Some kept saying, “He didn’t do it.”He promised.
In addition to the audio confession, Wilson had text messages pointing to McFarlane’s guilt. However, this is not enough to get a conviction.
“The verdict was not unanimous.”He explained.
“You can get a written confession, an audio confession, and not everyone on the jury is going to believe you. I think that says a lot about society.”
Wilson had already said Court experience Herefrom Terrible.
He opined that he was personally attacked by the defense attorney, who made him feel guilty for being assaulted.
“I realized Humiliated, humiliated and harassed during the trial“.
He said he recently read the transcript of the hearing and was “sick” about some of the things he was told.
Deception of attackers
Wilson said McFarlane is portrayed as a successful student and athlete who has a bright future and would never commit such a crime.
“I know I can come back The History I do not know A rapist.He wanted to show its reality to the people, especially his followers.
He posted the audio on Twitter to expose it The “deceptive” nature of bullies.
“I wanted to show that these people can be abusers too “They can act differently behind closed doors,” he said.
McFarlane was suspended from Glasgow University, where they were both studying, in 2020 when Wilson reported the rape to police.
She later learns that despite being under police investigation, he managed to get into Edinburgh University.
“It really shocked me because I thought about the female student population in Edinburgh. They may also be affected.“.
I cannot understand how universities can put the rights of a rapist before the rights of their students.
“I am concerned that universities are not doing enough to keep people safe.”
Will always be with me
“I can never change what happened to me, it will always be with me. I need to release my painsaid Wilson.
“The thought that I can positively change society and make it easier for others is what drives me and wakes me up in the morning when I feel like I can’t do it anymore.”
The University of Edinburgh released a statement saying student safety was its top priority. And those who act quickly when student misconduct is demonstrated.
“Our admissions process does not require applicants to disclose any criminal convictions or ongoing investigations at the time of application,” the statement said.
“The university is fully aware of the strength of feeling around these issues,” he adds.
“We will continue to listen to feedback on what changes we can make to refine our processes and ensure all students feel safe and secure.”
A spokesperson UUniversidades eScott insisted That they are working with Ellie and the government What other measures can be taken for the safety and well-being of students should be explored
A change in data protection law that came into effect just before the pandemic provided an opportunity to improve the situation.
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