Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Duke Rape Case: Player's Lawyers Request Detailed Personal Information About the Alleged Victim

ABC News: Vigorous Defense or Trashing the Alleged Victim? Duke Rape Defendant Files Motions
Seligmann's lawyers asked for detailed personal information about the alleged victim. They requested, among other things, personal, medical and educational records of the accuser, and criminal records or "bad acts" committed by any witnesses the prosecution planned to call to the stand.

If this man has an airtight alibi as he claims, there's no need for this personal information. It sounds like the alibi may not hold up and they want to discredit anyone who saw him at the party when he supposedly wasn't there.

These motions should be denied.

This goes back to the belief many men have that they can get away with rape if their victim is just a ____.
Fill in the blank with stripper, stupid girl, or whatever description works for you.

I pray they aren't right.

If you rape, you are a rapist -- no matter who you pick as your victim.

The very idea of carefully picking victims who are less likely to be believed, implies pre-meditation. It also implies that other girls and women (who might be believed) may never know how close they came to being raped.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:16 AM   2 comments links to this post


At April 26, 2006 10:01 AM, Blogger Txfeminist said...

Women are often impeached simply by their histories if said histories involve misconduct or depression, other emotional troubles...

It's tantamount to saying it's not a crime to hurt her if she's been hurt or had problems before.

It really pisses me off.

At April 26, 2006 10:49 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

That's so true.

Those who say she can't be believed simply because of her past are saying, "Go ahead and rape women like her. We don't care."

And the rapists are listening.


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