Victim of Brighton rape says its never too late to bring attackers to justice

The Argus: Victim of Brighton rape says its never too late to bring attackers to justice Victim of Brighton rape says its never too late to bring attackers to justice

A Brighton rape victim has branded her attacker “despicable” after he failed in his appeal against his conviction.

Graham Wheatley was jailed for eight years back in April last year for the historic rape of a girl in her early teens in Brighton who is now 25.

He appealed the conviction at London’s Royal Courts of Justice where three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time.

Speaking exclusively to The Argus, his victim said: “After the original court case I thought it was all over, I thought I could draw a line under it all.

“But he doesn’t care about anyone but himself, he has put me through it all again for no reason. He’s despicable.”

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped and indecently assaulted in Brighton and Hove by Wheatley.

She first met him in 2003, aged just 13. The same year he raped her before indecently assaulting her the following year.

She lived with the secret throughout her teenage years, only contacting the police in 2010 to prevent Wheatley doing the same to other girls.

She added: “It was six years before I went to the police but I want people to know it is never too late.

“I want to encourage others who have been through similar experiences to come forward. There is plenty of support and the police have been fantastic from day one.

“Naomi O’Keeffe (a detective constable in the child protection unit) has been fantastic.

“She has been there throughout the court case and now with the appeal. Even now it is over, she is still at the end of the phone if I need her.”

Police contacted the 25-year-old earlier in the year to notify her of the appeal.

She said: “It was horrible. To think he could be out on the streets and I could bump into him was terrifying. It was like I had to go through it all again.

“I was so relieved when I heard the result. I’m so pleased he will now serve his time.”

Wheatley, of Birdham Road, Brighton, will be required to sign the sex offenders’ register for life on release.

He was also served a Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) restricting his access to children.

If you have been raped then call Sussex Police 999. Alternatively call Rape Crisis on 0808 8029999 or Rise on 01273 622822.

For support visit www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk or call the helpline on 01273 203380.

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9:15am Thu 20 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life.
They should have cut his b4lls off
He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life. They should have cut his b4lls off ThinkBrighton

10:28am Thu 20 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life.
They should have cut his b4lls off
FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life. They should have cut his b4lls off[/p][/quote]FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' . Brighton Living

10:40am Thu 20 Feb 14

mimseycal says...

Regardless of how much he will actually serve of the time he was sentenced to, the fact remains that he was convicted and his appeal was rejected. Further he will be required to sign the sex offenders and will remain there for the rest of his life. In addition he will be on a SOPO.

Rape is a power game and has very little to do with sexual gratification and is more about the dismissal of the value, the rights and the dignity of other people. By sentencing this man, society has very clearly indicated that his attitude is unacceptable. Society has reaffirmed this by dismissing his appeal.

I also think that by referring to the young woman who was raped as a 'victim' we are in danger of perpetuating the victimisation. She is a rape survivor! By sentencing the perpetrator society has started the re-empowerment of this young woman. How she manages her survival is up to her, the people closest to her and the support agencies she may contact if she so wishes.
Regardless of how much he will actually serve of the time he was sentenced to, the fact remains that he was convicted and his appeal was rejected. Further he will be required to sign the sex offenders and will remain there for the rest of his life. In addition he will be on a SOPO. Rape is a power game and has very little to do with sexual gratification and is more about the dismissal of the value, the rights and the dignity of other people. By sentencing this man, society has very clearly indicated that his attitude is unacceptable. Society has reaffirmed this by dismissing his appeal. I also think that by referring to the young woman who was raped as a 'victim' we are in danger of perpetuating the victimisation. She is a rape survivor! By sentencing the perpetrator society has started the re-empowerment of this young woman. How she manages her survival is up to her, the people closest to her and the support agencies she may contact if she so wishes. mimseycal

12:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

jimbobmaginty says...

Thanks for protecting the public our great justice system! He will be back out in 4 years raping again
Thanks for protecting the public our great justice system! He will be back out in 4 years raping again jimbobmaginty

12:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ronrostog says...

If found guilty, castration as well as the full prison term given will be served is the signal to be sent out to future sex cases.
If found guilty, castration as well as the full prison term given will be served is the signal to be sent out to future sex cases. ronrostog

1:03pm Thu 20 Feb 14

imfree! says...

ronrostog wrote:
If found guilty, castration as well as the full prison term given will be served is the signal to be sent out to future sex cases.
I have to say I fully agree,a swift cutting off of said gonads without anaesthetic is surely the most humane way to deal with these sex cases
[quote][p][bold]ronrostog[/bold] wrote: If found guilty, castration as well as the full prison term given will be served is the signal to be sent out to future sex cases.[/p][/quote]I have to say I fully agree,a swift cutting off of said gonads without anaesthetic is surely the most humane way to deal with these sex cases imfree!

2:17pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Brighton Living wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life.
They should have cut his b4lls off
FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .
Should this make it better for the victim?
[quote][p][bold]Brighton Living[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life. They should have cut his b4lls off[/p][/quote]FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .[/p][/quote]Should this make it better for the victim? ThinkBrighton

3:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Andy R says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
Brighton Living wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life.
They should have cut his b4lls off
FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .
Should this make it better for the victim?
Not sure it's correct anyway.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton Living[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life. They should have cut his b4lls off[/p][/quote]FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .[/p][/quote]Should this make it better for the victim?[/p][/quote]Not sure it's correct anyway. Andy R

7:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dunk 2 blame says...

My god his ugly.He looks like step-toe.
My god his ugly.He looks like step-toe. Dunk 2 blame

10:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Withdean-er says...

4 years or 8 years, both are far too short. For someone to violate a person that way, he has changed her life for the worse until the day she dies. Power game to him probably, but also this pervert wanted to satisfy himself sexually at the time, and did it violently, against the will of the other person, and finally against a child. He will be a danger to any female in contact with him for the rest of his active life, and that sentence stinks as inadequate.
4 years or 8 years, both are far too short. For someone to violate a person that way, he has changed her life for the worse until the day she dies. Power game to him probably, but also this pervert wanted to satisfy himself sexually at the time, and did it violently, against the will of the other person, and finally against a child. He will be a danger to any female in contact with him for the rest of his active life, and that sentence stinks as inadequate. Withdean-er

10:05am Fri 21 Feb 14

ColinPep1 says...

Is 6 years enough? Also, why is it you are let out early for 'good behaviour'? Shouldn't it just be that you are detained longer than your sentence for bad behaviour?
Is 6 years enough? Also, why is it you are let out early for 'good behaviour'? Shouldn't it just be that you are detained longer than your sentence for bad behaviour? ColinPep1

10:07am Fri 21 Feb 14

ColinPep1 says...

Andy R wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
Brighton Living wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life.
They should have cut his b4lls off
FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .
Should this make it better for the victim?
Not sure it's correct anyway.
It's not correct. His sentence has been upheld to 6 years, but that doesn't mean he will serve it all.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton Living[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will only do about half his sentence, but his victim will suffer for the rest of her life. They should have cut his b4lls off[/p][/quote]FYI if your appeal is rejected then you have to do the whole sentence you have been given by the judge. Hence why it states ' three judges dismissed the action and ordered him to serve out his time' .[/p][/quote]Should this make it better for the victim?[/p][/quote]Not sure it's correct anyway.[/p][/quote]It's not correct. His sentence has been upheld to 6 years, but that doesn't mean he will serve it all. ColinPep1

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