Saturday, 24 February 2018


Listening to one of the black cab rapist's first victims talk on radio about her ordeal and then reading about the latest court case, when the woman we call 'Fiona' came face to face with her attacker at a Judicial Review hearing, prompted this poem.


I saw you in court
tried to imagine how you may be feeling
putting yourself out there
a victim

and then he turned up
a few yards away
you weren’t expecting that

how would that feel?

‘He’s been in my head for 15 years,’  you said
and there he is again
in front of you

he’s behind glass
but there was glass between you before
in that cab

they said you were not
a credible witness
‘A black cab driver
just wouldn’t do that.’

But he did
and you have lived with him in your head
for 15 years

believing that you let all the others down
those hundreds
who went through that
after you

because someone decided
you were not believable

This poem was first published here:

BBC Radio 4 Today programme clip: