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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Prosecuting Rapists

My first lesson about sex-crimes prosecution was that perpetrators were not the only enemy. There is a large, more or less hidden population of what I later came to call collaborators within the criminal justice system. Whether if comes from a police officer or a defense attorney, a judge or a court clerk or a prosecutor, there seems to be a residuum of empathy for rapists that crosses all gender, class, and professional barriers. It gets expressed in different ways, from victim-bashing to jokes in poor taste, and too often it results in giving the rapist a break.

Alice Vachss, Sex Crimes, 1993

1 comment:

  1. The problem is that it is very easy for a women to cry "rape" and often much harder to prove it. In these PC days, there have been many cases were men have been accused of rape and later found to be innocent, but the hysteria has been so great that juries felt impelled to find them guilty.