Thursday, September 06, 2007

Date Rape Strategies Used Against Seniors

Those who excuse rapists who pretend to be upstanding and trustworthy citizens because they feel their victims were ridiculously stupid to trust the wrong person, may not be as understanding of those who instead of trying to exploit girls and women, target the elderly members of their family for exploitation.

A Senate panel is bringing to light practices that prey on seniors to drain their retirement savings, including "free lunch" investment seminars aimed at retirees. A hearing Wednesday by the Senate Special Committee on Aging highlighted the conduct of so-called senior financial investment specialists -- a designation said to be devoid of real value and often obtained merely by attending a weekend seminar and passing an open-book, multiple-choice test. Many seniors have lost their life savings as a result of being steered toward investments that were inappropriate for them by people using the designation, officials say.

This practice is fraud, but I'm sure those who pretend to be someone they're not will rationalize away culpability for their fraudulent practices and fall back on the lame and familiar, "personal responsibility" excuse that makes everyone but them responsible for their choice to participate in the defrauding of others.

This is one of the closest non-sex crimes we have to what's been dubbed gray rape, but unlike so-called gray rape which is largely ignored, this gray crime is important enough to have states and the federal government taking specific action.

On Wednesday, the SEC announced that it had charged 26 people with defrauding thousands of seniors out of their retirement savings through a hotel timeshare scheme.

Note that these seniors were not physically forced into these transactions but those setting up the transactions are still criminals. Perks like a free lunch are used to get the target within reach then high pressure tactics are used to get the targets to sign are part of the fraud.

These deceptive elements -- rather than excusing the crime -- show premeditation.

If you think those willing to step into the gray areas to get what they want sexually won't step into other gray areas to get what they want from you, if they think they can get away with it, you are a fool.

It's about a person's ethics not their desire to get sex or a desire to earn money.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 10:06 AM   3 comments links to this post

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At October 01, 2007 11:19 PM, Blogger Embyr Arrikanez said...

You're absolutely right. When it comes down to it, both rapists and con men use pseudo-legal schemes to entrap their victims. Because, y'know, if they got "paid" for it, that makes them whores, not rape victims.

The whole idea that a woman will just turn around and say that she was raped because she regretted sex is abhorrently insulting. It's also a very, very limited view of what rape is; rape spans the continuum from "gentle" to "brutal, violent assault". And gentle rape is not an oxymoron, as I'm sure the radfems reading this post know. It comprises the majority of rapes experienced by women. The rapes that they aren't sure are rape. The rapes that they don't want to call rape because that would make their boyfriend/best friend/buddy a rapist.

There's something I remember recalling in Andrea Dworkin's Pornography: Men Possessing Women, and that is how the Kinsey report stated that if they defined sexual assault as any sexual action forced upon a woman - kissing, touching, all the way down to rape - there was literally no man who had not sexually assaulted a woman. And that, of course, just could not be so.

Sigh.

 
At October 02, 2007 1:38 PM, Anonymous Mary Tracy9 said...

The problem, of course, is that taking a person's life savings away is far more important in the world we live in than taking a woman's dignity away.

Again, *sigh*

 
At October 14, 2007 9:45 PM, Blogger Tracee said...

Briliant analogy.

I'm increasingly disturbed by the perceptions of nearly everyone about it being the girl's fault.

Even more disturbed that rape is now considered entertainment for television like on an episode of Gossip Girl I recently wrote about http://traceesioux.blogspot.com/2007/09/gossip-girl-r-p-e.html. Two girls were depicted as "asking for it" because they were alone with a boy while looking pretty or wanting to connect. Makes me want to puke that this is the "new normal."

I recently read a blog talking about the number of times she'd been raped, attacked, violated: I thought about my own number - I got to 5 and decided I couldn't think about it anymore and still function.

 

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