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  •  Presumed Skanky Till Beatified (3+ / 0-)
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    It sounds as if this particular decision is a good one and didn't, as far as I can see, involve trashing the accuser.

    On the other hand, it bothers me that we see cases after case in which we as a society are supposed to show that we aren't racist (or prove that we are horribly racist) by assuming that a woman who says she was raped is some kind of gold digging skank.

    Defendants certainly have a right to thorough investigations of allegations, and I guess a couple of recent accusers have turned out to be gold digging skanks, but I don't like the media circuses that surround some of the investigations.

    The message is that women who accuse any athlete, but certainly  African-American athlete, of rape will be considered gold-digging skanks until proven to be as virtuous as the Virgin Mary in the Court of Trashy TV Shows.

    I think it would be much better if we always refrained from passing any kind of judgment on any accused and treat people accused of rape in the most respectful possible way, but also try to accord that same level of respect to the accusers.

    •  This case was different (0+ / 0-)

      because it was statutory rape, i.e. consensual sex, but she was underage. There is a big difference when the kids are so close in age too.
      Two kids "doing it" has been around since man first stood upright (and probably before). There was no reason to give that kid such a long jail sentence.
      Now if he had been 25 and she was 15, it would be a whole different case.

      "Keep raisin' hell!" - Molly Ivins

      by MA Liberal on Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 11:27:04 AM PDT

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      •  So, it's different, and I wouldn't have voted to (1+ / 0-)
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        convict him or done anything to approve of the sentence, so that part's great, but there's just something troubling about how we, as a society, engage in a mania of trying to create laws so tough they border on the absurd for punishing rape and child molestation. Then, whenever there's a rape case that hits the news and involves an attractive defendant, we go on a mania of joy when they guy gets off.

        And, again, I respect the fact that this guy deserved to get out of prison. I'm talking about the media frenzy around all of this, not the validity of the decision.

        Everybody is in a rush to not let a convicted child molester who's gotten out of prison live anywhere but on the surface of the Moon, and we're in a rush to organize a ticker tape parade when a guy convicted under a badly written child molestation law gets out of prison, but there's no record anywhere that I can see that someone counseled the 15-year-old involved in this story and tried to help her live a more wholesome kind of life, or that anyone did much to help the 17-year-old who was raped at the party where the 15-year-old did stuff with Wilson.

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