Dozens of messages of support have been left for a rape victim who waived her anonymity to encourage other victims to come forward.
Siobhan Ames-Bell talked to the Chronicle & Echo earlier this week about her “hell”, in a bid to give other victims the courage to report their ordeals to the police.
Last week she saw Anthony Ames – the man she called “the closest thing to my father” – sent to prison for six-and-a-half years after he raped her while drunk at his home in Rectory Farm in May 2012.
He is likely to be out of prison on licence after serving half of that term, as the crime was judged to be in the lowest of three rape ‘categories’ in terms of the impact on its victim.
She said her life had been turned upside down and she was unable to trust anyone ever again. She will be lobbying Prime Minister calling for stronger sentences for rapists and is also setting up a charity in support of rape claimants while they are waiting for their alleged attackers to face judicial proceedings.
On the Chron’s Facebook page, readers posted messages of support for Siobhan.
Susan Hall wrote: “Poor you siobhan. I find it so shocking how you have been treated by him and the justice system. How can it be that rape is put into catergories? Any rape will deviatate for LIFE and he should have got the same. You are an inspiration. I wish you peace and happiness.”
Kimberley Leaford added: “ I think all rapists should get at least 15 years in prison, and be castrated, as their victim will suffer the mental scars it leaves them with for the rest of their life. Well done Siobhan for speaking out, it takes a very brave person to be able to do that.”
Chris Millard said: “How the hell can you have a “low category of rape? Incredibly brave woman. I hope your true friends rally round you and give you the support you need and deserve.”
And Esther Sooriah added: “Another survivor of the worst horror a woman can endure, failed by our great justice system. Brave lady, I hope you find a way of healing in time.”