UPDATE: What our lawyer says about Justice for Chelsey
Published on November 2, 2017 - Recently, I caught up with our lawyer, Daniel Berke, in his Manchester office.
Here’s what he told me:
Daniel was meticulous. He hired a former senior police officer to do our own private investigation into the crime. He retained a top QC. He drafted legal appeals to the CPS decision not to prosecute the men. Daniel was relentless in the pursuit of justice.
Finally, the CPS agreed to meet with Daniel and show him their evidence. And it became apparent that there were flaws in the case that would make it a steep uphill battle in court.
That’s fine — this whole situation has been an uphill battle. Our plan was to start a “private prosecution”, where Daniel and his team would prosecute the men on our own.
But the CPS made it clear that if we were to do that, the government would use their power to take over that private prosecution and cancel it.
So: even if we were to proceed, the CPS would stop us.
Daniel and Chelsey discussed these developments, and Chelsey asked him to share this letter from her to the public:
I want to thank the people who have supported my campaign for justice. Over a hundred thousand people have supported me from all over the world and I am truly humbled and grateful. I am thankful to Tommy Robinson and Rebel Media for organising the campaign and for making my voice heard and to Daniel Berke, my lawyer for fighting for me.
Above all I want to thank the people of Sunderland and my family and many friends who have been with me every step of the way for the hugs and smiles when I needed them most.
I suffered an awful sexual attack and physical assault. Whilst the external injuries have healed, the internal ones will remain with me for life. There is not a day which goes by when I do not think of what happened to me and I continue to have nightmares. It has been the kindness of family, friends and strangers which has carried me and kept me going.
I have been told that the Crown Prosecution Service will not overturn their decision not to prosecute. I am aware that there is an option to look at alternative legal methods but these would be long and could not guarantee justice and I am simply too exhausted and emotionally drained to continue.
I never intended to be a champion at the front of a campaign. Really I just want to be a mother to my three children. The assault has left me feeling empty and depressed and what I need to do is to recover my health and spend my energy on my children. Therefore, after much soul searching I wish to end the Justice for Chelsey Campaign.
I do ask that if one good thing happens as a result of this campaign, it is this - that people look out for women who appear vulnerable on a night out. Even if the woman is a stranger, check she is okay and get help if needed. Let's all take care of each other.
I ask that I am now able to take the time I need to recover and to be with my family.
That is a beautiful letter from a woman who has been through a horrific situation. Meeting Chelsey and getting to know her and her family was a great honour.
She has earned the respect and admiration of countless people in the U.K. and around the world.
This is not the end we wanted to this campaign. But we can be proud of what we accomplished — supporting a woman who was abandoned by the system; putting the police on notice that they cannot ignore cases of sexual assault and Muslim rape gangs; and showing mercy and kindness to a woman who the authorities preferred to forget.
The Justice For Chelsey campaign wouldn’t have been possible without people like you, who marched at our rallies, signed our petition, and helped pay for the legal battle. Thank you for that.
UPDATE: Let’s Give Chelsey Wright a Summer Break
Published on August 4, 2017 - After Chelsey Wright's trying year dealing with police and politicians, Chelsey and her family need a break. So, we're sending her, her beautiful kids and her parents on a family vacation -- just to get away from things for a while, to forget about the bad stuff and make some great family memories.
We asked her where she wanted to go -- and then we said we'd crowdfund the cost! The whole thing: flights, accommodations, and even a little bit of spending money.
Please, help us send Chelsey, her children and her parents on a trip this summer, and give her the break she deserves.
UPDATE: Did you see our new “Justice for Chelsey” billboard? It just went up in Chelsey’s home town of Sunderland. IT’S HUGE!
It’s a way to drive home our message that we will not stop until justice is done. We’ve had march after march — each bigger than the last. More than 115,000 people have signed our petition.
And now, 24 hours a day, this massive sign will remind the police and the Crown Prosecution Service that the whole country is watching.
UPDATE: Top lawyer joins "Justice For Chelsey" campaign
Published on June 14, 2017 - Today we’re doing something to attain justice for Chelsey. Not just raising awareness through petitions and marches. But actually doing something: we’re hiring a top lawyer to pursue the case.
This is a big undertaking — it could take months. Our lawyer has generously offered to reduce his fee. But it will still take tens of thousands of pounds to get Justice for Chelsey.
EVENT: Join Tommy Robinson at Sunderland “Justice for Chelsey” rally: Saturday, June 10
Please join us for our next march in Sunderland on Saturday, June 10, to march with Chelsey Wright.
We’re meeting at The Charltons Pub, at 14 Hendon Road, at 11 am.
At 1 pm, we’ll walk solemnly through the streets of the city, and end at the police station.
That’s where we will deliver even more signatures from the petition you signed.
The First “Justice for Chelsey” march was just the start
Published on May 19, 2017 - Tommy Robinson leads a 1000+ strong march on Sunday, May 13, in Sunderland, demanding justice for Muslim gang rape survivor Chelsey Wright.
On September 4, 2016, Chelsey Wright, a young mother of three woke up on the floor of a stranger's bedroom. She had been undressed, she had been assaulted and she quickly realised she had been raped.
The unknown assailant wouldn't let Chelsey out the room, he beat her and laughed at her attempts to escape.
But as he let another man into the room, Chelsey managed to escape. A witness, who spoke to the Rebel, heard screaming and when she went to the window saw men running after her, pulling her by her hair and dragging her back into the house before she fought her way back out.
The next day Chelsey underwent a full rape exam, which uncovered two counts of semen, one of them inside her body. The exam also showed extensive injuries and traces of Rohypnol. All this occurred, yet the police made no convictions.
The police initially arrested six Syrian and Iraqi "refugees" but quickly released them, even moving them into a safe house.
The police have even now dropped the case.
It has been left to Chelsey and her community to seek justice, organising marches and meetings with police and local councillors. (The next march is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, in Sunderland.)
But none of this has worked and the authorities have consistently failed to fully investigate the case, even ignoring witness testimonies.
We believe the case needs further investigation and we must demand that Independent Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC personally intervene to ensure that justice is done.
If you want to see justice for Chelsey and to prevent more cases like hers, please sign the petition below today.
Sign the petition!
We demand that the Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird personally oversee a full investigation into the rape of Chelsey Wright and see that charges are brought.