Monday, October 20, 2008

Actor Found Not Guilty Of Raping 16 Year Old Admits Silly Mistakes

From UK MSM:

[Former Emmerdale actor Ben] Freeman said while he hadn't done anything illegal, he had made "bad choices".

Freeman denied raping the girl after they met at a resort on the Caribbean island on November 29, 2006. The 28-year-old said he knew the girl, from Cheshire, was 16 at the time but said she never resisted his advances as he denied the charge at the High Court, Bridgetown, Barbados. The jury took 90 minutes to reach a unanimous not guilty verdict last week.

Freeman told ITV's This Morning he was "glad" it was over. He said he wasn't angry at the girl.

Freeman continued: "I do have to say that I made a lot of bad choices that I put myself in a position where someone can say that about me.

"The important point is that I didn't do anything illegal but it was silly."

Assuming that a lack of resistance means that a girl is consenting to sex is silly in Freeman's mind?

That isn't silly, it is negligent at best and it is rape if the girl wasn't consenting. The legal responsibility for telling the difference between lack of resistance and consent must belong to the person who is the aggressor.

"Oh, silly me, I guessed wrong," should never be a valid legal defense. Unfortunately, this defense often works to get an acquittal.

If Freeman changes his behavior only because someone (the girl who didn't consent) could honestly say she was raped by him, that's better than arrogantly continuing to use lack of resistance as a substitute for genuine consent. But it still positions him as falsely accused when it's clear by his own statements that the report against him was genuine.

She got raped. He made a bad choice.

But he isn't angry with her after he was acquitted? How generous of him.

Many of us who were raped by someone we know can relate to having rapists who position themselves as generous as they admit to making bad choices.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 9:36 AM   4 comments links to this post

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At October 20, 2008 12:40 PM, Blogger JENNIFER DREW said...

Yes indeed poor Freeman just made a 'bad choice.' But this 'bad choice' was committing rape against a 16 year old young woman. Still, never mind perhaps Freeman will ask rather than presuming he is entitled to have sexual access to any woman or girl who he considers sexually available.

Not forgetting of course poor Freeman has been put through a traumatic experience having to submit to a court case. But there, rape is never about raping women instead it is about men consistently denying their accountability when they commit rape.

Obviously the young woman should have ensured a video camera was recording her every word because of course she must have been lying. Similar excuses are routinely used by men who refuse to believe or accept they have committed rape. As always, it is the rape survivor who is discredited and disbelieved, since the male perpetrator(s) just made a 'bad choice.'

 
At October 20, 2008 1:38 PM, Blogger georgia girl said...

btw, Marcella, a few months ago, I put a link for your site on my blog. Could you do one for mine? http://www.georgia-tech-rape-victim2.blogspot.com
Thank you.

 
At October 20, 2008 1:49 PM, Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Georgia Girl, I added you, but Blogrolling seems to be experiencing technical difficulties right now so I don't know when or if my addition will show up.

 
At October 20, 2008 3:51 PM, Blogger georgia girl said...

Thanks, Marcella, it's there, but I had to squint because the "color" for the listing is very pale (maybe my computer). The rest of the blog is crystal sharp for me.

Also, thanks for all the good articles.
GG

 

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