Friday, April 11, 2008

Duh Of The Day

A woman reported rape at gunpoint committed in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Orlando, Florida and comments made by Jim Solomons who is a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office caught my eye.

From ABC News:

The woman was transported to a crisis center, where she was interviewed by detectives. "The more we talked to her, the clearer it became this was a legitimate event," Solomons said.

What's scary about this paragraph is that it implies that this investigation could have stopped dead if it weren't clear to them through the interview alone that her report of rape was genuine.

This type of situation has turned against a genuine crime victim until the crime victim because the only suspect because the investigator didn't find the genuine report credible and assumed that the report was a lie. That 13-year-old crime victim's parents refused to let the investigation die. Because of their efforts a mall surveillance video was retrieved and it proved that the girl's report was true.

Surveillance footage from Wal-Mart showed the suspect waiting in the parking lot of the store for up to a half-hour before the victim arrived. "It's almost as if he was looking for a victim," Solomons said.

Almost? Hello?! There is no almost about this.

Because the investigators believed that this woman's rape was a "legitimate event" and then found the surveillance video, David Welker was arrested. To get more results like this investigators need to investigate all allegations whether they come to believe from the interview that there was a "legitimate event" or not.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:28 AM   5 comments links to this post


At April 11, 2008 12:09 PM, Blogger Debs said...

That is genuinely frightening. The unbelievable casual attitude of the authorities to rape, and the "lying until proven otherwise" attitude towards victims is a disgrace.

At April 11, 2008 1:44 PM, OpenID finchtree said...

No other crime would ever be held up to that kind of standard.

"You say you were carjacked, huh? You don't sound very believable to me. Get out of my office. You probably just loaned your car to a buddy and regretted it in the morning."

In a related note, would you mind if I added your blog to my blogroll?

At April 11, 2008 2:07 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

Why then don't police take a sceptical stance whenever a complainant reports their car was stolen, they were mugged, they were assaulted or they experienced fraud. After all, it is just the complainant's allegation no proof until such time as police investigate. Ah I forget women and girls are liars unlike men and boys. Women and girls make numerous false rape reports just to get back at poor innocent men and boys.

Just what I expect in patriarchal societies because male sexual violence against women and girls is not violence but normal male sexual activity.

At April 11, 2008 2:53 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

finchtree, you are welcome to add me to your blogroll. I'll be happy to add you to mine if you'd like.

At April 11, 2008 3:53 PM, OpenID finchtree said...

I'd be honored!


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