If you victim blame someone who has been raped, I will believe you have the mentality of a rapist. And that will make me extremely wary of you and probably never talk to you again.
The stateSupreme CourtMonday threw out the conviction of a city man found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court ruled that despite evidence the 26-year-old woman cannot speak and has little body movement, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with the defendant,Richard FourtinJr. As a result of the ruling, Fourtin goes free and cannot be tried for the case again.
Fourtin’s lawyer, Senior AssistantPublic Defender Nicole Donzello, declined comment on the decision.
In January 2008, the 28-year-old Fourtin was convicted by a jury here of attempted second-degree and fourth-degree sexual assault and sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting the severely handicapped woman in the Success Village housing complex in late 2005.
The woman, now 29, who in court only went by her initials, L.K., has severe cerebral palsy and cannot verbally communicate. She is so physically restricted that she is able to make motions only with her right index finger.
In order for the woman to testify during the trial, a small video camera was placed over her and a tray affixed to her chair. On the tray, the prosecutor placed a board printed with the letters of the alphabet along with the words “yes” and “no” on top.
After each question, the woman’s left hand would push her right hand, index finger sticking out, across the board to either spell out a word or answer yes or no. It was an exhausting process that lasted four days.
However, the defense argued that there was evidence the woman could communicate by biting, kicking, screaming and gesturing. They presented testimony at trial from a home health aide who said the woman would kick and groan if she didn’t get food she wanted.
The stateAppellate Courtlater ruled she is not physically helpless under the state law in which a jury convicted Fourtin. The state then took an appeal to the Supreme Court.
“We are not persuaded that the victim was either unconscious or so uncommunicative that she was physically incapable of manifesting to the defendant her lack of consent to sexual intercourse at the time of the alleged sexual assault,” the high court ruled Monday.
The three dissenting justices accused the majority of acting as a “13th juror,” in the case and substituting their opinion for that of the jury.
Marijuana laws in Canada and USA institute punishments that equal, and in many cases exceed, the punishments for rape and other violent crimes.
It is clear that governments feel marijuana is at equally detrimental to society as rape. I don’t think I need to explain how horrible the aftermath of rape is on the victim and their family. What about the negative consequences of marijuana? There are essentially no negative consequences of marijuana use other than those imposed by prohibition.
Don’t rape anyone, because the person you dehumanized might just go and tell someone and get you in trouble!!
What a bitch, right? You just can’t trust the wimminz to keep quiet about violent crime anymore!!
- “To Rape or Not to Rape,” from avoiceformen.com
Is this a piece of good advice on why to not rape women? Is this a Men’s Right’s Activist telling other men that having sex with an inebriated woman is a bad idea for both parties? Is a Men’s Right’s Activist helping fight rape culture?!
Let’s look to the next few lines:
“That atmosphere invites trouble. It is rife for manipulation and entrapment. An upscale bar may give free or low priced drinks to ladies and advertise for men to come and enjoy the company of the self-inebriated. At any of these ladies nights, there could lurk an opportunist willing to be picked up in order to blackmail a well-intentioned male with a rape charge if he doesn’t make her financially happy.”
It’s totes more important to advise men on the dangers of RAPE ACCUSATION versus you know
^This. The first part is just as, if not more disgusting.
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so my school sends out “alerts” when people report sexual assaults/rapes on campus or when they happen to students. today we got a particularly frightening one (to me, since i live on campus and the woman was abducted while entering her apartment). she was taken and put in the backseat of a car and raped while one guy drove around, and then they switched places and the other guy drove while the original driver raped her. and on st patrick’s day, a girl was assaulted by 4 men while walking home. and it’s just like, fuck, enough is enough. i’m sick of getting one of these emails every two weeks. instead of sending us an email telling us to walk in pairs, do something about it. fuck you bgsu. fuck you bg. fuck you rapists.dead people don’t rape.
hiphopcheerleader is creating a tumblr for women of color who are sexual violence survivors. This blog will be a safe space for WOC to share your stories and get resources and support, and just generally provide a shared community. hiphopcheerleader is looking for people who would be interesting in discussing ideas, contributing to the blog, and/or possibly acting as co-admin. If anyone is interested in helping, please feel free to contact her!