Rape victim’s car vandalised with ‘you’re a grass’ after she speaks out about terrifying ordeal
Erin O’Neill woke up to find her car had been defaced, just days after she told of how she was raped by Ross Wright while he was on early release from jail
Erin O’Neill, 25, woke up to find her White Ford Cougar had been defaced with black spray paint outside her home in Clydebank, Scotland.
It comes just days after the mum-of-one told of her horrific ordeal at the hands of Ross Wright – a violent offender who had been released half way through a previous sentence under the Automatic Early Release system.
Yesterday Erin penned a heartfelt letter calling on the new Scottish First Minister to end the early release of prisoners.
But her brave stand prompted the cowardly attack on her car this morning.
Erin, who was looking forward to returning to work today for the first time since the attack in May this year, said she was “heartbroken” about the vandalism.
The Bank admin worker told the Daily Record : “It has been a hard few days, actually speaking out about the attack and then trying to do something so the Government will finally sit up.
“But to wake up to this, is just heartbreaking and really sad.
“I’m now having cameras installed outside my house that capture anyone near my property.
“I was raped and I spoke out to encourage other women who have been put through a similar attack to come out and report their attacker.
“I spoke out against the Early Release system to try and stop what happened to me happen to anyone else.
“I am a mum and my child is the most important person in the world to me.
“I don’t want to teach my child that when something bad happens to you, you should just keep quiet and protect the person responsible.
“I am 25 years old, a mum and a hard-working decent person.
“I didn’t ask to be raped.
“But I was and had to stand in front of a panel of strangers in court and tell them what happened to me.
“And they saw through his lies and believed me.
“What he did was not his family’s fault or anyone else’s but his.
“And after going through everything I do not deserve to be victimised for speaking out. “
Earlier this month, Wright, 19, was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow.
He is due to be sentenced next month.
Erin added: “To the person who vandalised my car- imagine you had a wife, a daughter, or a niece or a mum.
“Imagine someone forced them to have sex against their will and then tried to blame them.
“Imagine listening to them break their heart in court.
“Then after being found guilty, imagine being blamed and labelled for it.
“Now imagine it happened to you.”
Erin was raped by Ross Wright in May – six months after he had been let out of jail early.
Wright, 19, was on early release for an earlier brutal bottle attack. But before his sentence was complete, he was freed and raped Erin, in her own home, as she slept.
This week, Erin waived her right to anonymity and told of her ordeal to highlight the scandal of the automatic early release system.
Police Scotland are understood to have launched an investigation into the vandalism on Erin’s car.