Friday, February 16, 2007

Tainted Brownie Case May Help Some Understand Flaws In The Rape Monster Myth

When it comes to sex crimes, many people justify their anti-victim stance by saying that the alleged criminal is clearly no monster, but as this case shows it doesn't take a monster to commit a serious crime which hurts another person or other people.

What seems to be a high school prank gone terribly wrong is getting no laughs from authorities. Collin Wayne Orth, a Lyle High School student, allegedly laced brownies with laxatives and served them to several students and school staff on Feb. 6. Later that day, seven employees and five students suffered symptoms of discomfort, diarrhea, stomach cramps and bloody stools. The 18-year-old is now facing two felony charges.
Lacing brownies with laxatives and serving those brownies to others is poisoning. Not a prank. Poisoning.

For those who hate to see non-monsters charged with felonies the key is to get those non-monsters to refrain from committing crimes rather than attacking victims for reporting crimes committed against them.

Part of that effort needs to be to stop giving actions such as this the label of prank or innocent mistake. When teens consider calling in a fake report of a bomb at their school because they'd really like the day off, they need to think of this action as making a terroristic threat rather than think of it as making a prank call.

The same is true of sex crimes. Everyone needs to stop giving sexual actions which are unwanted or manipulative or abusive the label of mistake.

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