Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Justice System Condones Sexual Assault Once Again

Apparently, it doesn't matter if there were witnesses, if it was videotaped, or even if the person who assaulted you admitted it. You just can't get a jury to convict a man of rape. This goes double if the man is a prominent member of the community. Of course we all know that the closer he is to the patriarchal norm, the better chance of getting out of the charges he has.

But this case is just disgusting.

The verdict had his accuser in tears. "I am shocked, and he even admitted it," the 24-year-old said, referring to Brown's testimony that he tried to push her face into his lap.
So he admitted that he tried to push her face into his crotch, but:

Jurors said they did not believe Brown exerted the force necessary to qualify his actions as sex crimes. Michigan law says a person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct if "force or coercion is used to accomplish the sexual conduct."
Pushing someone is not force? Umm, since when?

One of the jurors is a great guy, too. Check out what he had to say about the whole situation:

Nowles said he and other jurors concluded the accuser and Brown "both made big mistakes."

"They are both stupid," Nowles said. "There is no law against that."

Women are stupid for getting sexually assaulted, apparently.

I'm so tired of having to read these stories of how the justice system is such a let down for women who are victims of sexual assault.

1 comment:

FEMily! said...

If there was a law against being stupid, that guy would be sent straight to Gitmo.