Misplaced Sympathy for Jane Doe’s Rapists

Misplaced Sympathy for Jane Doe’s Rapists

“Rape is unique in US society as a crime where the blighted future of the perpetrators counts for more than the victim’s. Statistics show that every 100 rapes in America results in only five felony convictions. It’s the only crime in which the level of intoxication of the victim is considered by some, like the convicted rapists’ lawyers and some in the media, to be mitigating evidence. It’s the only crime in which the perceived attractiveness of the perpetrators to other people or the victim is considered relevant information. It’s the only one in which we’re encouraged to sympathize with why perpetrators picked their victims – their supposed drunkenness, their clothes, their reputations – and then blame the victims for making themselves attractive targets.”

-V

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