Sharing a guest post by PD.
Do the circumstances of a rape matter?
I live in the UK, currently there is a lot of discussion regarding this rape case – Predatory soccer stars, a drunken girl and a very seedy night at the Premier Inn: RICHARD PENDLEBURY revisits the disturbing events that led to the rape trial of Ched Evans [link].
There is additional controversy because of comments made by a female presenter who suggested that the punishment given to this football player was sufficient because although the attack was ‘unpleasant’, his victim was very drunk (thereby justifying the attack).
Ironically, this presenter and her daughter have now in turn been threatened with rape by trolls on her Twitter page (Rape threat to Judy’s daughter: Richard Madeley to call in police after Twitter trolls’ vile attacks on Chloe)
[IHM: This. Rape is seen as a punishment or a lesson for women. Almost anything a woman does can be used to justify this ‘punishment’. The presenter here, being a woman, is being viewed as deserving of this punishment. The threats too are meant to be ‘insulting’ and are meant to be viewed as ‘punishments’.]
Something has been bugging me about this case and the subsequent furore caused by the various opinions expressed.
1. Do the circumstances of a rape matter? The end result is the same, a woman is violated against her will. It’s almost like saying some forms of abuse are worse than others or some murders are worse than others.
2. Regardless of the the circumstances or whose fault it was, these two men went out that night looking for a girl to take back to their hotel. They came across a girl who could barely stand straight and decided to take her back to the hotel despite knowing that she was in no fit state to give consent (if it was given at all in the first place). The is something very creepy about sober men picking up drunk girls for the sole purpose of intercourse and then justifying their actions by placing the blame firmly on the girl’s shoulders.
3. Putting myself in the girls’ shoes, it was indeed very reckless of her to go out on her own, getting so drunk that she could barely stand and not making provisions to make it back home safely. Being an overly cautious person by nature, this is something I would never do and it’s hard for me to understand why she would put herself in such a situation. But does this justify what happened to her?
I’m interested to hear what your readers make of this story and the subsequent public view/backlash.