Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wrongful Rape Convictions: Bad Reasons For Highlighting Them


A convicted serial rapist has been indicted in a 1982 rape and slaying that another man spent 18 years in prison for, at one point coming within days of his execution.


In May, Washington was awarded $2.25 million by a federal court jury that ruled that the mildly retarded man falsely confessed after he was fed details of the crime by a state police investigator.

There are good reasons for highlighting wrongful convictions such as this man's imprisonment, and his close call with execution. Correcting injustices and making sure the right people are convicted tops that list for me.

So what's a bad reason for highlighting wrongful rape convictions?

A desire to use one type of injustice to facilitate another injustice. A desire for the absolute freedom of rapists and sexual abusers/exploiters who don't commit sufficiently gruesome crimes.

As if all rapists start at gruesome.

What some people are most concerned about isn't that innocent men are found guilty of real rapes. It's that otherwise "good" men are charged with rape when they have just done what comes naturally.

The reasoning seems to go something like this:

Was she drunk? Check.
Did he refrain from using a knife or gun to get sex? Check.
Is his reputation better than hers? Check.

Bottom line: False allegation.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:29 AM   1 comments links to this post


At August 26, 2006 11:38 AM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
Here is another one, What was she wearing? More can be added, thank you for the post.
I wanted to let you know can you email me as soon as possible. I had trouble using your email.


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