When the Verdict was read in court today, it seemed the entire room gasped in astonishment. One juror later related to a mutual acquaintance that the defendant's mouth fell open in astonishment. So clear had the case been.
Three jurors were tearful or weeping as the verdict was read. (?)
"not Guilty" verdict seems to indicate that here in manhattan, it will be
OK for a man to Force Himself on an
intoxicated, disoriented, vomit-covered,
collapsing, (drugged?) woman
who does not want any part of him,
who had made official complaint against him, who had tried to avoid him for weeks.
The Law States
that in order to "have sex" with a woman, a man must get consent from that woman.
If NOTHING else was clear in this trial, it was that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES (shall we say, beyond a reasonable doubt?) would, or could, the crime victim have given this man consent.
So seemed to feel the majority of spectators in the courtroom.
I humbly ask the jury to tell me how they did surmise that consent was given.
The Riley County Attorney's office put on a top-notch case.
The defense Attorney suggested Slyly that was this was was a "case of Regrettable Sex."
I say Slyly because
a) there was no evidence Whatsoever presented to support this nasty, caddish accusation.
b) It is a grade-A Rape Myth. The FBI indicate that 96-98% of rapes are real reports. like robberies. like muggings. like Home Invasions. How many people lie about getting Mugged? The FBI state that more people Fake-report their own DEATH than fake report rape. I promise you, "those cases" are exposed early in the process. as any crime victim can tell you, these cases have a year or two years or three years of work, step after step of legalities.
The chances that a personality-disturbed woman/man who might falsely report a rape can engage the Entire Legal System to pursue false charges is so unlikely-- that to bring up "The Regrettable Sex Theory" --particularly after the succinct, pertinent body of evidence from the Prosecution which specifically refutes the idea that this particular Crime Victim would have ever given consent in this case, to this defendant-- is the opposite of Decent.
Department of Justice report: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf
The defense attorney stated (shame!) that the victim gave Mixed Messages.
(another rape myth- more on rape myths later)
of reasonable evidence presented added to the SAME MESSAGE:
Leave Me Alone. No romance. Don't touch me. Don't talk to me. Leave me Alone.
The defense lawyer did not put on any witnesses
or a case per se,
but limited himself during cross examination to such tactics as to try to impugn witnesses or discuss/confuse telephone records. The defense attorney's questioning seemed to bewilder the witnesses and he stated or apologized that he "misspoke" or corrected himself or was corrected by witnesses over and over and over again. rape myths: http://www.k-state.edu/womenscenter/Violencework%20Advocacy/Womens%20Center%20Materials/Materials/myths%20and%20facts%20about%20rape.doc
From the beginning of these types of events, I know that parents on both sides are stricken.
(May grace be with you all.)
of the male perpetrators in these cases,
even if loathe to admit the Felonious nature of the behavior, that their son might actually be a criminal worthy of legal consequences--
usually find themselves
shell-shocked at the end of testimony
by the descriptions of what is undeniably, at
so boorish and unseemly
so thuggish and brute
so ungallant and dishonourable
so low, mean and hurtful
They might almost wish there HAD been a one-time slip, an Accidental Felony,
rather than confront the horrible possibility of the Character
All i know for sure right now is that my office will do everything possible in the coming year to educate everyone who will listen about the Definition of Consent, the targeting of Innocents by the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, the Prevalence of Drug/Alcohol-Facilitated Rape here in Manhattan, and about what is HAPPENING to our unsuspecting youth.
All the young women/men/children who endure the long ordeal of trying to hold selfish Brutes accountable are Wonderful and Brave, and as a community we should stand and support them.