I never did learn how to reblog myself (I tried everything I was advised, but nothing worked) so here this is again.

Layla Ibrahim

(trigger warning for rape and racism)

Male blood was found at the scene, but it was dismissed because it did not belong to one of the suspects and did not match anything on the DNA database…

A male blond pubic hair was found on Layla that Rosemary Swain, the doctor who examined her, said would be crucial evidence against her attackers. But the family later learned it had been destroyed in the forensics lab…

Layla’s shoes were not tested for DNA, although one shoe was alleged to have been held by an attacker. Her leggings were not tested for DNA, nor was her bra fully checked, although blood was found on it….

Sara [Layla’s sister] laughs, quietly. “I had a few beatings because I was black. I can’t remember which one you mean.”…

When she heard the verdict, Layla collapsed. She was immediately remanded to the category A prison Low Newton in County Durham. “It was the worst place I’ve ever been to in my life,” she writes. “You were among people like Rose West, and the Baby P killer, and you just think, ‘What am I doing here?’ They were eating dinner with us…

Layla’s only hope of being able to work with children again is appealing against her conviction and clearing her name. “Childcare is now not an option,” she writes. “I was also starting my NVQ in elderly care but neither of those are now possible.”…

“How can you give my daughter three years, when she’s never done anything wrong in her life? I still couldn’t understand it if, God forbid, she had done it, but she hasn’t. She’s never been in trouble, she’s worked hard, she’s done everything right. Why was she sentenced to three years in prison? I can’t understand it, and nobody will give me the answer.”…

Quotes from the Guardian article on Layla’s case. I know it’s an old story- well, a good few months old anyway- but it’s so, so, SO wrong.

There’s a petition (not started by me- thanks to whoever started it) here. Please reblog this if you can…