Posts Tagged ‘Rape’

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Girls Gone Wild Uses “She Was Asking For It” Defense, Wins

07.24.10

In the latest legal woes for Joe Francis and his “Girls Gone Wild” pornglomerate franchise, he’s actually gotten off scot-free.

There’s been quite the backlash for the St. Louis, MO jury that ruled against a 26-year-old woman – known only as Jane Doe – who was filmed topless at a bar back in 2004.  I have not seen the video, but apparently Doe can be heard saying “no, no” when asked if she would take off her top; she only bares her breasts when someone comes up from behind her and pulls down her top.  The jury argued that she gave implicit consent by being in the bar during the taping.

Jury foreman Patrick O’Brien:

“Through her actions, she gave implied consent. She was really playing to the camera. She knew what she was doing.”

Perverts, gropers, and rapists around the country rejoice!  All you have to do to get away with what would normally find you arrested for sexual harassment, sexual assault, or even attempted rape — all kinds of stigmatized offenses that could haunt you forever  — is to just bring a camcorder with you.  Yeah, that seems fair.

Looks like the whole “she was asking for it” defense still works after all.  Unreal.

(H/T Jezebel)

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Oklahoma Passes Strict Abortion Legislation Despite Vetoes

04.28.10

While Arizona passed the strictest immigration law in the nation, Oklahoma did their own clamping down, as well, enacting some of the country’s toughest abortion laws:

Though other states have passed similar measures requiring women to have ultrasounds, Oklahoma’s law goes further, mandating that a doctor or technician set up the monitor so the woman can see it and describe the heart, limbs and organs of the fetus. No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

A second measure passed into law on Tuesday prevents women who have had a disabled baby from suing a doctor for withholding information about birth defects while the child was in the womb.

My emphasis.

Let me repeat: No exceptions are made for rape and incest victims.

I can’t fathom the horror of being raped nor do I wish that upon anyone.  To find out that you’re now pregnant because of that abominable invasion must be something beyond comprehension.  On top of that, Oklahoma now requires doctors to then lecture and impose more guilt and shame upon that woman about her next decision, should that be an abortion.

This is unconscionable.

I heard recently on the radio that in some Islamic societies, when a woman is raped, she’s actually committed a crime.  How nonsensical and judiciously bankrupt is that?  The victim is at fault for her own assault?  I shook my head at how backwards that line of thinking is, and yet, this law in Oklahoma makes me wonder just how far removed we are from that mentality.

As far as the second law goes: it essentially prevents doctors from being sued for breaking their Hippocratic Oath, rendering it useless.  If there is no threat of ramifications from not objectively giving a patient all of the information about her health and body, we have a completely broken health care system.  Talk about playing God.

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Free Polanski? UPDATED!

09.29.09

Recently arrested film director Roman Polanski has the support of much of Hollywood as he fights extradition to the United States from Switzerland to face charges of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house back in 1978 that he has evaded for over thirty years.

All signs point to him being guilty – including his own guilty plea – hence why he’s lived in France for the past three decades.  Yet Hollywood royalty like Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen (although, I’m not sure what kind of endorsement it is coming from him), and even female actors Monica Bellucci and Tilda Swinton, support Polanski and don’t want him brought to America to be put on trial.

Why?

Sure, the guy is really good at making movies.  Tinseltown even awarded him the high honor of Best Director for the film “The Pianist.”  But we didn’t see the music industry get behind Phil Spector when he was on trial for murder of actress Lana Clarkson.  I know Polanski didn’t kill anyone, but the rape of an unconscious seventh grader can’t be too far behind on the moral infraction scale.

Now, I don’t know anything about extradition or international law.  And I always thought that Switzerland was a neutral country.  But, in all honesty, I don’t even know what that means in terms of an American criminal getting caught there.  I also don’t know that those Hollywood supporters are the best people to listen to regarding the legality and ramifications of his capture in Zurich.  They’re filmmakers, not lawyers.

I’m curious to see how this plays out.  If it turns out that Polanski was arrested illegally and he gets to go back to France and live as a free man, well, it’s not like it’ll be all that different from how things have been for the past thirty-one years.  And if he ends up being extradited to California, he’ll get what he deserves.

It’s hard to really defend this guy.  Talented artist or not, international law or not, he forced himself on a 13-year-old girl.  His celebrity shouldn’t alleviate him of paying his debt to society like the rest of us.

UPDATE:

I’m not sure I really conveyed this as well as I wanted to.

Polanski deserves to get the maximum sentence for his crimes.  We shouldn’t even be having this conversation nor should there be any support for him.  Were he just a regular guy living in Michigan, everyone would be condemning him for his despicable and disgusting actions.  He’d be a brief blip on the news radar and then spend the next decade or more in prison with no one – especially no one of remote importance or celebrity – fighting for his release.  If reasonably intelligent (I guess that remains to be seen) and successful professionals like Scorsese can be blinded by Polanski’s talent and celebrity notoriety, it’s no wonder we have kids like OSU QB Terrelle Pryor calling everyone murderers and supporting Michael Vick.

Polanski committed a monstrous and heinous act that doesn’t soften or diminish in immorality simply by the passing of time.  What he did to that poor girl was, is, and always will be a hideous crime that deserves punishment no matter what country the coward flees to.

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The Backwards World of Religion

03.31.09

(Massoud Hossaini / AFP – Getty Images)

I would like to attribute something this grossly offensive and obviously a clear-cut attack on human rights to the sub-sect of fundamentalist radicals within the Muslim community.  But, when Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-backed, elected president of Afghanistan, a country that we invaded and “liberated,” forces legislation through that legalizes rape, I really can’t blame the fringe.

In a massive blow for women’s rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman’s right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.

Yes, legalized rape.  See, when it’s between a husband and a wife, the wife relinquishes her ability to say no.  In Afghanistan, at least.

I’m beyond tired of hearing about all of these so-called “family” laws that claim to protect any aspect of the nuclear family unit, which, according to certain religions, is THE only way to have a family.  We have plenty of these types of laws in America, too, so Afghanistan is not unique by any stretch.  Ours come in the form of DOMA and numerous generically titled groups and lobbyists.  I’m not saying that DOMA is equivalent to this Shia Family Law by any stretch.  But that’s not to say that DOMA doesn’t egregiously discriminate and deny rights to a specific group of people based on religious rhetoric.  The SFL goes even further to condone sexual abuse, which is too appalling to even capture in words.

This is a sad reminder of how far humanity still has to come as a species.  It makes me glad that here in America we have knocked over some of these boundaries that seem so archaic to us now yet still exist in many other places in the world.  But, at the same time, it also reminds me of how much work we still need to do here in the West.  I hate having to always bring up that less than 90 years ago women didn’t have the right to vote.  People of different ethnicities and races couldn’t vote less than 50 years ago.  We needed a full-blown civil war in order to stop the practice of people owning people.  Equality takes time and an immense amount of effort.  We can’t go into a different culture and just impose our way of life onto them and assume that it will just stick.  We need to continue to progress, better ourselves, and encourage widespread education.

The time for governing our lives based on ancient texts is over.  It’s time for the Next Renaissance.

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Excommunication Breakdown

03.09.09

How does this happen in the 21st Century?  Didn’t the Catholic Church learn from their past mistakes? (Paging Galileo.)

At least Galileo did cross the line from sinner into being a heretic by blaspheming that the Earth wasn’t the center of the universe after all.  That was more than just your average sin (although, I don’t recall that being one of the 10 Commandments).  But, with this current story, I’m having trouble reconciling it all in my head.  Maybe I can talk it out…

So you can be banished from Catholicism for sinning, even though so much of Catholicism is based on confession?  And, I’m not theologian, but isn’t one of the biggest lessons to be learned from Jesus is that of the ability to forgive and be forgiven?

What makes even more sense is excommunicating a mother for having her 9-year-old daughter get an abortion after becoming pregnant due to being raped and molested by her own step-father.  Of course, the rapist can still go to church.  A few Hail Marys and the Lord’s Prayer a few times and VOILA!  Forgiveness!

It’s nice though that the Catholic Church has finally solidified the Sin Hierarchy so everyone knows for certain that God considers abortion more evil (clearly in ANY circumstance) than the rape and molestation of 9 year old little girls.  Glad to know what I can get away with and still manage to make it through the pearly gates.

There are gray areas here.  And while I’m not making any apologies for the act of abortion, it’s not as if it’s something that anyone truly gets pleasure out of, unlike, say murder.  There are no acts of passion when it comes to abortion.  Pregnancies aren’t aborted due to jealousy or to get back at an ex.    And it’s what that poor little girl had to do for the sake of her own health and life.  The Church should be less worried about the abortion and instead should draw attention to the atrocity of sexual abuse and recovering from the resulting emotional (and physical) trauma.

This is a case where there is something worse than death.  It’s time people get off their horses on high and think of this little girl instead of their own righteousness.