Tuesday, April 17, 2007

State Trooper Convicted Of On Duty Rape

This case is one that demonstrates that rape cases must be judged on the evidence and not on stereotypes or without concern for how a person's power and position can be used to get another person to cooperate when that person is not a willing participant.

A Massachusetts State Police officer was convicted on Friday of three counts of rape while he was on duty in Cambridge last year, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said. Prosecutors said Daniel Grant, 42, of Holbrook, threatened to plant drugs on a 26-year-old woman unless she complied with his demands for sex in the Jan. 20, 2006, incident. He had denied the charges.

We need to get to the place where no one's position makes them protected from genuine rape charges and we need to have enough confidence that the process will work effectively to get at what really happened no matter the reputation of the alleged victim or the alleged rapist.

I believe that the backlash against all those accused of rape but who aren't convicted will go down only when more people have confidence that the system isn't aiding and abetting certain rapists or further harming certain victims.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 4:16 PM   2 comments links to this post

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At April 17, 2007 5:42 PM, Blogger Threat Assessment & Response Canada said...

Hello! I'm liking your blog a lot!

I thought you'd be interested in knowing that David Dobson, convicted of the brutal sexual murder of a young girl, was denied parole today!

This is great news. But he can re-apply in two years. And there are plenty more like him. The next step is to change the law and we're working on it. If you're interested, there's a petition on the family's website that can be printed off. If everyone just did a little, we could get a lot done.

Well, thanks for letting me tell you.

Keep on bloggin' woman!

 
At April 18, 2007 9:11 AM, Anonymous joe said...


I believe that the backlash against all those accused of rape but who aren't convicted will go down only when more people have confidence that the system isn't aiding and abetting certain rapists or further harming certain victims.


Yes. Absolutely. I think we'll have a much more just society when crimes by police are punished MORE severely than crimes by civilians.

 

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