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  •  think about it (4+ / 0-)

    a young woman accuses a friend of rape. He writes her a note saying he is sorry he FORCED her to do things she did not want to do.  He pleads guilty in court.  He "didn't mean to hurt her" (meaning he hurt her).
    How can you possibly think he did not rape her?  He apologised for forcing her to have sex.  That's rape.
    I am sure that he didn't want to think so because after all he was a nice harvard boy from a good family.  He was not a stranger and he didnt' beat her up or try to kill her.  It is amazing to me that in 2007 there are still young men who feel they are entitled to sex because they have an erection and that's all there is to it.  You can't force someone to have sex and pretend it isn't rape.
    He apologised for forcing her... that means he raped her.

    •  wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      there is absolutely no available evidence that he apologized for using force.  he apologized.  the prosecutor characterized it as an apology for using force.  i suspect that if it was clearly an apology for using force, the prosecutor would have quoted directly and not summarized.

      while certainly possible, i find it highly unlikely that anyone would write a note that apologized for using force to have sex.  particularly in a date rape case since most date rapists don't view what they did as rape.

      as an unfortunate caveat that seems necessary in this diary, none of what i have said is meant to imply innocence or dismiss the rape allegation.

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