Tuesday, July 25, 2006

If You Victimize Someone And They Don't Know It, Is It A Victimless Crime?


Investigators said Ostrander installed a camera in the bathroom about 18 months ago with a hookup into his bedroom, using it to videotape 12- and 13-year-old girls. Ostrander's wife discovered a live feed from the bathroom camera while changing channels on a television in their bedroom in mid-July, police said. The couple's teenage daughter and a friend located the camera behind a floral arrangement and the friend and her mother notified authorities.In a search of the home, authorities said they found child pornography and eight tapes containing nude images of girls using the shower and tub. Authorities said they have identified four victims so far.

For most offenders who use hidden cameras to take pictures like these, the answer would likely be yes, it is a victimless crime. Unless they get caught -- and then they are the victim.

I suspect that most rape apologists and victim blamers would agree and consider those of us who see this as a serious offense as uptight prudes or they would see the criminal as a victim of our sex-obsessed society.

What this type of sex crime makes clear is that it is all about the perpetrator. That's true even when the crime involves physical contact. Victim blaming serves as a distraction from the real cause of sex crimes -- the decisions and actions of the perpetrator.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:04 AM   3 comments links to this post


At July 24, 2006 11:28 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

I totally agree Marcella, great post about victim blaming, and the perpetrator.

At July 25, 2006 9:01 PM, Blogger survivor said...

It's sad but true and something that absolutely NEEDS to change

At July 25, 2006 9:07 PM, Anonymous cooper said...

yup they need to know that if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it it does still make a noise.


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