Thursday, February 22, 2007

And They Say Porn Isn't At All Like Rape

This story caught my attention because it reminds me of how many people ignore cries for help from what turns out to be real victims.

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- A man says he broke into an apartment with a cavalry sword because he thought he heard a woman being raped, but the sound actually was from a pornographic movie his upstairs neighbor was watching.

"Now I feel stupid," said James Van Iveren, who has been charged in the case. "This really is nothing, nothing but a mistake." [...]

The neighbor later played for police the part of the DVD he believed Van Iveren heard downstairs.
Frankly, if you are playing porn that sounds like rape and you are playing it loud enough to be heard in another apartment, having someone react as if there might be a real rape shouldn't be a shock.

If this man is convicted when he only damaged property in an attempt to help what he thought was a crime victim, what message does it send to someone whose quick response might save someone's life?

Shouldn't the person who feels stupid be the man with the porn? Isn't he the one whose decisions made someone else believe a real crime was in progress?

My opinion would be different if the man with the porn had been physically injured despite the lack of a victim or any sign of a victim.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:06 AM   3 comments links to this post

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At February 22, 2007 10:46 AM, Anonymous joe said...

He should have called the police.

How the swordsman should be punished I think would depend on the circumstances. Is he a threat to the community who just happened to reveal himself in this way or is he a decent person who made a mistake?

Either way I think he should pay for damages.

And who the hell plays porn that loudly anyway?

 
At February 22, 2007 10:55 AM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Joe, according to the report, the man who heard a woman screaming didn't have a phone so that's why he didn't respond by calling 911.

 
At February 24, 2007 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time, Joe.

So the police take fifteen minutes, thirty minutes to get there - if they think it important enough to respond at all? That's more than enough time for serious harm or even murder to take place.

It's highly likely that a 'decent person' would attempt to intervene even if they had been able to alert officials. Playing safe only means he's got the rest of his life to regret it if something serious does happen.

I like this story. Perhaps not so practical - but oh, fantasy world where rapists don't exist because they're too scared of someone coming at them bearing mediaeval weaponry :-)
Chivalry hasn't died.

Sophie

 

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