I’ve spoken to Worboys’ victims, and this release is a huge betrayal | Julie Bindel

Police believe that the serial sex attacker may have assaulted up to 200 women. Why is he being released after just over nine years in prison?The Parole Board decision that the sexual predator John Worboys is to be released after just over nine years in prison is nothing short of a scandal. He was jailed in 2009 for sexual assault, rape and drugging offences, in a case that laid bare the endemic police complacency in investigating sexual assault. It also revealed the culture of disbelief when young women come forward who were drinking and “out for a good time”.

In order to make its decision, the Parole Board had to assess whether this man was still “a danger to the public”. It must have decided that he is not.

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