This is a case which if the police hadn't discovered the Austrian woman based on a tip and instead she arrived at the police station with her allegations, many people would dismiss her reported story as being too bizarre to be credible enough to warrant an investigation.
A few people will find ways to rationalize away the evidence in this case until it becomes something they can accept. Likely that will involve denying much of the alleged crimes against this woman by making her a willing participant who is now lying to hide her own guilt.
Their need for denial will trump all evidence. We see this repeatedly in less horrific cases where rapes are referred to as "rapes" and rape victims are referred to as "rape victims." When they do this they claim that they will believe reports of "real" rapes which involve real trauma but I suspect most of these people will be the same ones who will want to deny the accusations in this case.
Unfortunately, there are people who will commit crimes which most of us don't want to believe anyone who seems normal is capable of committing -- whether that is holding your own daughter as a sex slave or raping your date. That's why it is so important that the police never make instant judgments which determine whether or not there will be an investigation.
The police should investigate all rape reports or they are providing material aid to rapists.
From ABC News:
Police have found a woman missing since 1984, who told authorities that her father had kept her in a cellar for almost 24 years and that she had given birth to at least six children after being repeatedly raped by him.
The 73-year-old father was taken into custody, said Franz Polzer, head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs, on Sunday. Authorities found the woman Saturday evening in the town of Amstetten following a tip, Lower Austria police said in a statement.
This woman reported that she gave birth to 6 children from the rapes committed by her father while she was being held in the cellar and one of her children has been hospitalized in serious condition.
Those who are horrified by this case need to remember that if they are against the worst examples of sexual abuse and rape they also need to be against the smallest examples of sexual abuse and rape.
If they don't oppose the full spectrum of sexual violence then they support sexual violence as long as the sexually violent follow certain rape guidelines like not attacking strangers with a knife or a gun.