Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Equal Opportunity Victim Denial

When a 10-year-old girl in Australia was described as likely consenting to gang rape because she wasn't snatched off the streets kicking and screaming, some bigots who agreed with the judge and the crown prosecutor either overtly or silently may have felt smug that an immoral girl didn't pull one over on these individuals.

I doubt that these bigots will feel the same way when the victim that an Australian judge comments on is a 13-year-old boy.

From the Herald Sun:

A JUDGE has labelled a man's rape of a 13-year-old boy "adolescent experimentation" and said the teen and the perpetrator [age 24] were "both victims".

Judge Michael Kelly's comments come a month after a prosecutor accused him of making inappropriate and disrespectful statements about the sexual assault victim during a plea hearing. [...]

[Judge Kelly] said he hoped the victim did not experience the catastrophic consequences outlined in the victim impact statement.

Ah, yes. The judge's "hope." I'm familiar with this type of "hope" which is actually denial. He was presented with evidence and conflicting rationalizations and he selected to minimize the evidence while accepting the rationalizations that fit his worldview.

Considering that the judge bought the defense's claim that the 24-year-old man shouldn't be considered any older than a 13-year-old boy, of course the judge hopes that the victim is a liar. If the victim impact statement is true then this judge gave his approval to all of the harm described.

This twisted use of hope has been used by people who classify someone who reported rape as a liar. They weren't attacking an alleged rape victim, they simply hope that she wasn't raped while those who want the case fully and competently investigated and prosecuted are described as people who hope that she had been raped. In their warped logic they were the better people because they were anti-rape.

What these people refuse to acknowledge is that denial of rape is pro-rape not anti-rape. This effort directly helps rapists and sexual abusers since these "hopeful" people serve as blockers between rapists and true justice.

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