THE TYPICAL RESPONSE to rape in centuries past was the women asked for it. Now the typical response in Beaverton, Oregon may be go after the woman who claims rape if the charge of rape can’t be proven. Because rape has historically been so well investigated and prosecutors in the past have cared so much. And a “vengeful woman” would find it worth it to go through the painful process just to get at “the boys.” Apparently the girl didn't seem traumatized enough.
"There's no typical response for a rape survivor," Ellis said. Kevin Neely, spokesman for the Oregon Attorney General's Office, said it was rare for alleged sex crime victims to be charged much less convicted of filing a false police report. "Our concern is always with the underreporting of sexual assaults," he said, "not with false reporting. It's a safe bet that prosecutions for false reporting are rare."
WE IGNORE WOMEN when they are raped, then we rape them again with “the law” when the law lets them down.
JAZZ SHAW SAYS he is playing the devil's advocate for the prosecutionhere .
THE HERETIK CONTINUES in a comment made to Jazz at Running Scared now posted here. I wait for the day rape suspects get prosecuted the way this woman has been. When all the so called perjurers in the world in other crimes whose lies are left unchallenged and unprosecuted at the end of so many trials get prosecuted, come back to me. Sex crimes are different. A certain vindictive quality jumps out here. A municipal judge, not a jury, came to these conclusions. The girl was seventeen at the time of the crime. She got her day in court, not the day she wanted. What message beyond the verdict against the girl is sent and heard? Don't come forward on rape cases. One girl goes to jail, these boys are free. Future rape victims don't come forward and remain in their own jails of guilt and regret while the boys as always remain free. There is a larger message beyond this one girl's case and those who focus on the mere facts of the law here fail to see the greater damage to justice.
FROM AMANDA MARCOTTE rape survivor: I wouldn't have prosecuted except I couldn't bear the guilt if he did it to someone else. I still almost didn't, except at the insistence of my boyfriend at the time that it was wrong to just roll over and pretend it didn't happen. It took me a week to work up the courage. I wouldn't have done it if I'd thought I'd get in trouble with the law for seeking justice.
FROM LAUREN BRUCE rape survivor: Shakespeare’s Sister (HT) discusses false rape reporting and the notion that there is a “right” way to act after rape. There isn’t much for me to say because she and Kevin have said it all, but I, after I was raped, was not believed either. After all, I turned around from the incident, cleaned up the blood, and went back about my family vacation like nothing had happened because I thought I had done something wrong and didn’t want my parents to know. I was barely thirteen. Nevermind the promiscuity and drug addiction that followed, by god, I wasn’t traumatized and therefore was not raped. I have a particular therapist to thank for convincing my support system not to trust me, the unqualified piece of shit. Shame, shame on this judge
FROM SHAKESPEARE'S SISTERrape survivor: There is no such thing as a “typical” response to rape. Immediately following a rape, some women go into shock. Some are lucid. Some are angry. Some are ashamed. Some are practical. Some are irrational. Some want to report it. Some don’t. Most have a combination of emotions, but there is no standard response. Responses to rape are as varied as its victims. In the long term, some rape victims act out. Some crawl inside themselves. Some have healthy sex lives. Some never will again.
THE ISSUES ARE LARGE the victims made smaller when we fail to listen, when we fail to look. You know a rape victim, but you might not know it. Look for the woman who had lively eyes who now seems dead inside.
ALSO RECOMMENDED DED PUTS IT in perspective. First Diane e mailed me back on this: That's so fucked up that my first guess was that the judge, when he was younger, had "consensual sex" with some girls and didn't want anyone to know.
AND THE HERETIK THOUGHT Why is it what is “consensual” for the guy so often isn’t for the woman? Who we are when young can continue to drag us until we sink sooner or later? How do we find a way to float free of all the crap shoved in us and all around us? Rape is more than metaphor for women on the garbage in this life. Rape is reality, garbage that even when out of sight still may have its stench,
DED SPACE now posts: Everyone knows how much fun it is to report a rape. You get to answer all kinds of unpleasant questions, get probed and swabbed by a team of medical personnel (if you're lucky and there are rape kits available), and then--if it goes to trial--get treated like sewage debris by the defendant's attorney.
THE HERETIK NOTES Arthur Silbur is a bright light and he shines on the darkness here. Read his whole piece in full and follow the links.
THE POWER OF NARRATIVEIn short: with regard to every critical issue, the very worst possible interpretation and outcome was accorded to the woman, while the most innocent explanation was eagerly provided to the men. This is "justice" provided by every woman's worst enemy. So what explains this? I think the ultimate root is the prevailing view of women that still dominates and saturates every aspect of our culture: that, in essence, women are the root of all evil. You think I overstate the point, but consider just one of the fundamental myths that infects our culture, that I mentioned in a post several weeks ago.