This is why rapists (and the society) need to hear that lack of consent is rape, no matter what the victim was drinking or wearing, no matter where she was, how many sexual partners she has, no matter what her age or life style. Many rapists have no idea that they are committing a serious crime, many understand that the society and tradition/culture is on their side.
(By Richard Shears)
An Afghan man who fled from the Taliban to begin a new life in Australia will spend the next 14 years behind bars after a judge rejected his claim that cultural differences had led to him raping a woman.
The judge noted that a psychologist had told the Victoria County Court in Melbourne that Sharifi, who arrived in Australia in 2001, had an ‘unclear concept of what constitutes consent in sexual relationships’.
… he was … charged with raping the 18-year-old who he had found alone, intoxicated and sitting on the pavement near a nightclub after she had had a disagreement with her friends.
Sharifi, the judge said, had driven from his home that night in December looking for a victim.
…A psychological report submitted to the court described the Afghan as “inexperienced in forming relationships with women”.’ Read more: [link]
I am about to tell you all a true story, the kind that should be on the news, not because something turned sad or ugly, but because a system functioned the way it’s supposed to, so that the places where such a well-functioning system does not exist, take a lesson and make changes. I am tired of being updated on how the world is going from bad to worse, I want to know more of such incidents where such a bad world was fought, even defeated. [click to read]