Monday, March 27, 2006

Lacrosse players beat and rape stripper

This case has all the makings of a movie of the week - a top ranked sports team, strippers, racial epithets, and an almost fatal gang rape.

On some horrifying level I am relieved that the victim was beaten and almost strangled because, the thing is, the prosecutors will have more luck with that part of the situation than with the rape itself. Because, as the defense will point out, the victim is a stripper. "You know what that means..." wink wink nudge nudge to the jury.

I was having a conversation with Friendster Guy just the other night and I mentioned some statistics about women being abused, raped and assaulted. He mentioned that a large portion of the people in his line of work are also assaulted in some way. It's true, and I'm not about to start comparing miseries or say this horrific experience is worse then that horrific experience, but the thing is that someone going into that line of work knows this is the case and has the law very much on their side. You assault a public servant in the line of duty and you are in deep doodoo. Women, on the other hand, did not choose to be women. Simply by virtue of their XX chromosomes they are destined to become a statistic. And that is very sad.

Read this post from Den of the Biting Beaver. It's very moving and frightening. And shows just how screwed up the laws are. Regulations win over compassion. I don't know how she did it, but I'm very glad she got away.

1 comment:

Dr.Nik said...

I just.... I just don't get the whole violence to women thing. I've seen it and fought it and helped survivors move on, but I just don't understand the root of it. I'm glad I don't.