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  •  Actually, until VERY recently, one major (2+ / 0-)
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    doinaheckuvanutjob, Left in NY

    reason women didn't report rape was that they were generally not believed.  It was assumed that thye must have done something (dress too sexy, go to a bar alone, walk alone at night) that got them raped. It was somehow their fault.  Judges often gave a jury s lecture tot he effect hat a charge of rape is easy to make and impossible to defend, or  that it's not possible to thread a moving needle, implying hse msutn't have fought very hard and thus "wanted" it.  In fact, if a woman came in and wasn't badly beaten, it was often assumed she was lying. Even if the jury did beelive her, the rapist often got off with a lighter sentence for the rape than he would have for stealing a TV set.

    In the late 60s, women lik me began to fight to strengthen rape laws and to educate the public on the subject. Yet, in 1979, when I was a volunteer rape crisis cousnelor, Ihad a D.A> cynically tell me that he kinda doubted it was a real rape becasue the villain was a "tough girl."  The victim was 12.  

    No, they didnt' call it "playing the rape card" but it amounted to the same thing.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Mon May 31, 2010 at 09:45:13 PM PDT

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      irishwitch

      And your point is well taken.  I wasn't trying to minimize the suffering women have faced and still do face.  But, as you pointed out, there has been great strides in strengthen rape laws and protecting the victims of rape.  I think most people would be viewed as out of touch if they didn't take a rape victim's claim seriously.

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