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.