Mar 3, 2011

This is Wrong

I recently read this article and it absolutely horrified me. Short version: A man met a woman at a bar. Later, he raped her. He was found guilty. At sentencing, the judge basically said that the woman asked for it and gave the guy a slap on the wrist.
A quote from the article:
During the sentencing, Dewar also commented on the way the woman was dressed and her actions the night she was forced to have sex by a man in the woods along a dark highway outside Thompson, Man., in 2006.

The man and a friend met the woman, who is now 25, and her girlfriend earlier that night outside a bar under what Dewar called "inviting circumstances."

The judge pointed out the victim and her friend were dressed in tube tops, no bras, and high heels and noted they were wearing plenty of makeup.

Dewar called the man a "clumsy Don Juan" who may have misunderstood what the victim wanted.

Misunderstood? He misunderstood when she fought back so hard it left bruises? How can that be misunderstood? It does not matter what she was wearing, where they met or even if she flirted with him earlier in the night. None of that gave him the right to rape her. The judge's comments make me angry. It is sad in this day and age that anyone - esspecially a judge - would think that what a woman wears is has anything to do with consent. Has he never heard that No means NO? Or does he just not believe it.

This is so wrong.

I'm glad the protesters showed up. I agree with them, he should resign. Anyone who thinks this way has no business being a judge.


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