A Chinese immigrant wept yesterday as she told a Queens jury how she was raped for two hours by a man who broke into her house - only to be caught after he came back for more.
Yesterday, she stood and pointed out Theard as her attacker but said she told cops about the rape only after she came home a week later and saw that police had arrested him for trying to break in again. The mostly female jury held their hands to their mouths throughout the trial's first day, many watching the victim's husband as he burned his gaze into Theard during much of his testimony. But Theard's lawyer noted the victim failed to report the initial rape to either police or doctors. "A moment of promiscuity turned into a rape allegation," defense lawyer Gerard Savage said. "Rape can be an unspeakable crime, but being falsely accused of something is equally unspeakable."
This defense attorney and his client should be poster boys for those who have delighted in mocking alleged rape victims.
Thanks to pundits who rush to attack alleged rape victims with "She must be making a false accusation!" without taking a breath after screaming, "Innocent until proven guilty!" or waiting for all the evidence to come in, now attorneys representing alleged stranger rapists are joining in the chorus.
Worse, they're attempting to create a catch-22.
If a victim reported a previous sexual assault and the investigation went nowhere, defense attorneys say she has a history of making a false allegation.
If it's learned that a victim didn't report a rape for whatever reason or delayed before reporting, defense attorneys say she's now making a false allegation by insisting she was raped.
We need to expose this nonsense for what it is. Slander designed to distract people from the real evidence.
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