Raith Rovers: Rape Crisis Scotland thanks football fans for donating following David Goodwillie signing
The organisation working to end sexual violence in Scotland has thanked football fans for setting up a fundraising page after Raith Rovers signed David Goodwillie.
The decision to sign striker David Goodwillie, who was ruled to be a rapist in 2017 by a judge, was announced by Raith Rovers FC last night.
Raith Rovers fans have clubbed together to show their ‘outrage’ at the Fife club’s decision to sign Goodwillie.
Martin Glass who set up the page Raith fans against Goodwilllie wrote on the fundraising site: “This page is set up as a counter measure of Raith Rovers Football Club signing a known rapist.
"This has caused outrage within Raith fans and the Scottish football community as a whole.
"Let’s make a difference.”
Reacting to the page, a Rape Crisis Scotland spokesperson tweeted: “It's powerful to see so many football fans and locals speaking out against @RaithRovers decision to sign David Goodwillie.
"Any money donated here will go straight into our helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence - thank you”
The news comes as Tyler Rattray, women’s captain for Raith Rovers, announced that she is stepping down from her position as captain as a result of the signing.
Author Val McDermid has said she will withdraw her support and sponsorship for the club. The famous Scottish crime writer has been a lifelong fan of the Fife club.
Ms McDermid said: “Goodwillie has never expressed a shred of remorse for the rape he committed.
"His presence at Starks Park is a stain on the club. I’ll be tearing up my season ticket too.
"This is a heartbreaker for me and many other fans, I know.”
Nicola Sturgeon said the women’s decisions were ‘principled- though difficult for both of them.’
The First Minister added: “But the fact they’re still in this position at all reminds us that our society still has a way to go to make zero tolerance of sexual violence a reality.”
David Goodwillie was ruled to be a rapist and ordered to pay damages in a civil case in 2017.
He never faced a criminal trial over the rape claim after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence.