Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rape Suspect Brags About His Dungeon Claims Sex With 2 Teens Held There Consensual

Why aren't all those people who claim that most girls and women are lying when they report being raped scrutinizing this case down to the minute to make sure the defendant in this case doesn't get subjected to an aggressive DA? Where are the pro-Duke lacrosse bloggers when it comes to cases like this?

If the Duke case is about more than those individual men then it shouldn't matter that what this man is accused of is repugnant (and clearly "real rape") or that he has a history of sexual violence. All rape defendants are innocent until proven guilty, aren't they? This man is claiming he's innocent and according to those who called the Duke alleged victim suspect from the beginning, we must all believe him with the same fervancy as people believed the Duke lacrosse players.

The avid defenders of the Duke lacrosse players give lip service to highlighting that case because it highlights systemic problems which have greater impact on poorer and less sympathic defendants, but I've seen nothing from 99% of those people to back up their claims.

The problem with their shallow interest is that many people accept the popular view of the Duke case is truly representative of all rape cases. What echoes the most is the portrayal of rape defendants as the defacto victims. If a case doesn't end in a conviction or the conviction is overturned on appeal then too many people will wrongly assume that the alleged victim is the real criminal -- with no evidence of that charge needed.

That emboldens real rapists and their defense attorneys to fight the charges through a smear campaign. Tell a big enough lie with enough bravado and some people will assume the lie must be true.

A convicted sex offender says he was proud of an underground bunker he built beneath his home, where prosecutors said he bound two teen girls with duct tape, raped them and left them to die.

Authorities have said the girls managed to escape in March 2006 and tell police about their ordeal in the room that was just 4 1/2 feet deep and roughly the length and width of a midsize car.

Defense attorney Rick Hoefer said in opening statements Tuesday that the girls lied.
"These women, they're not the victims in this case. They're perpetrators," Hoefer said. "The issue is going to be, was the sex consensual between these parties?"

If the prosecutor in this case responded to these 2 alleged victims report with the attitude of disbelief that many people advocate over an assumption that the report (no matter how improbable) is true, then a very dangerous man might remain largely uninvestigated unless human remains were found on his property. The bunker which is clearly an important piece of evidence might still be undiscovered.

People rant about too powerful prosecutors and a too powerful criminal justice system until they see evidence that an investigator, prosecutor or judge failed to use their power against someone who goes on to commit a crime that stuns everyone and has us all asking, "How could someone so dangerous not be stopped when previous complaints were made?"

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 1:22 PM   3 comments links to this post


At April 18, 2007 1:43 PM, Blogger UneFemmePlusCourageuse said...

The rapist in this case sounds like the villian in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, except luckily these girls didn't actually die.
It's difficult to say what we should 'presume' in the case of a rape accusation--because while in the American legal system a person is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, I personally know how harmful it is to tell a person you were raped and have them not believe you. In my case, it was the first person I told, who happened to be my best friend at the time, and every person I've told since HAS believed me, but I'm still always hesitant due to that first reaction, and it's horrible to think that there are other women out there with my same experience.

At April 18, 2007 4:08 PM, Blogger Threat Assessment & Response Canada said...

I note the reactions and arguments related to victim credibility are either not present or not present to the same quality and degree in other crime cases, such as robbery, as they are with sexual assault. The same goes for domestic assault. One can only conclude that, either vast numbers of people (victims) have lost some marbles, or that society places less value on women and crimes against women. Of course, no one will come out and admit that he or she has such an attitude.

At April 19, 2007 4:14 PM, Blogger The Speaker said...

In response to the previous comment: Great Book to read if you already haven't: "After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back" by Nancy Venable Raine. One of the chapters I believed titled "Woman in the Amber Neckclace" discusses society's reluctance to not only accept that violence against women is an epidemic, but accept it as more than just another problem. I thought it might interest you.


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