It's impossible to imagine what Jill went through on the night she was raped, and equally impossible to imagine the horrific impact of the judge's stupid and offensive statement in court that her ordeal "had not been so great".
That she was later able to forgive her attackers, and devote the rest of her life to speaking about her experience and campaigning for rape victims was quite remarkable.
That she was never honoured for her work is a complete disgrace, and the fact that Victoria Beckham is to be awarded the O.B.E. for her charity work makes the omission even worse. I'm sure that Victoria deserves her success in the fashion business, and I'm sure that she has done a lot for HIV/AIDS charities, but it isn't quite the same thing is it?
"Don't detract from her memory by bemoaning the lack of a meaningless bit of ribbon, or by comparing her to an athlete or footballer."
Point totally missed, I see. I suggest that you look up the word 'pompous' in the dictionary. How do you know that Jill was "...honoured, by the respect and admiration for her stance throughout the country, and by the gratitude of those of her sex who benefited from her courage."
I'll bemoan and compare as much as I like, thanks - and the meaningless bit of ribbon you refer to is tangible evidence that a person has rendered an important service to the nation, as are the letters after their name - or that should be the case.