redheadedfemme: (ignorance point of view)
This is sickening, and infuriating.

Until last week, Norfolk, Virginia police classified sexual assault claims to be “unfounded” — or not valid — by default. According to the Virginian-Pilot, a 22-year-old woman’s case prompted Norfolk police chief Mike Goldsmith to update the policy so that officers must now assume rape victims are telling the truth.

Well, gee! Welcome to the 21st century, Norfolk! It's only thirteen years in!

Seriously, how wrongheaded, and how harmful to victims, could this police department possibly be? It is possible to hold two separate concepts in mind at once regarding a rape accuation: both that the victim is telling the truth, and the crime must be investigated to narrow the focus down to one particular person, who will then have our law's presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

In other words: the rape did occur, but the identity of the attacker must be proven in a court of law.

That's not so hard, is it? It's only hard if, as do many men (and apparently many police departments), you automatically default to the knee-jerk, woman-blaming trope of "the slut is lying" or "the slut asked for it."

It's time, and past time, that this ridiculous idea be put to rest.
redheadedfemme: (ignorance point of view)
 
Until last week, Norfolk, Virginia police classified sexual assault claims to be “unfounded” — or not valid — by default. According to the Virginian-Pilot, a 22-year-old woman’s case prompted Norfolk police chief Mike Goldsmith to update the policy so that officers must now assume rape victims are telling the truth.
 
Well, gee! Welcome to the 21st century, Norfolk! It's only thirteen years in!
 
Seriously, how wrongheaded, and how harmful to victims, could this police department possibly be? It is possible to hold two separate concepts in mind at once regarding a rape accuation: both that the victim is telling the truth, and the crime must be investigated to narrow the focus down to one particular person, who will then have our law's presumption of innocence until proven guilty. 
 
In other words: the rape did occur, but the identity of the attacker must be proven in a court of law. 
 
That's not so hard, is it? It's only hard if, as do many men (and apparently many police departments), you automatically default to the knee-jerk, woman-blaming trope of "the slut is lying" or "the slut asked for it." 
 
It's time, and past time, that this ridiculous idea be put to rest.  


redheadedfemme: (feminist you were warned about)
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. ~Khalil Gibran

This should be posted in every police department in the country.

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And please don't feed me that shit about "women taking precautions." We need to work towards a world where women don't have to take precautions, and rapists are prosecuted.

This should be everyone's goal.
redheadedfemme: (misogyny)
This sort of training should be mandatory at every college (and high school, for that matter) in America.

Instead of teaching women not to walk alone at night or to carry Mace, some colleges are trying something much harder -- changing college men.

"The fact of the matter is that prevention comes down to, largely, males. Because males are primarily the ones perpetrating these crimes," said Lauren Pilnick, sexual violence education coordinator at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Amen, sistah.
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redheadedfemme: (misogyny)
This sort of training should be mandatory at every college (and high school, for that matter) in America.

Instead of teaching women not to walk alone at night or to carry Mace, some colleges are trying something much harder -- changing college men.

"The fact of the matter is that prevention comes down to, largely, males. Because males are primarily the ones perpetrating these crimes," said Lauren Pilnick, sexual violence education coordinator at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Amen, sistah.
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Gakked from a thread on [personal profile] ginmar 's journal, written by [personal profile] flewellyn .

   1. Take rape claims seriously. If a woman says someone raped her, believe her until and unless there is incontrovertible proof that it didn't happen (hint: this is rare).
   2. Prosecute rape fairly. This means no referring to it as "alleged rape" or "alleged victim", no dredging up the victim's sexual history or habits as "defense", no insinuations that she deserved it somehow, and certainly no involving race or class in determining whether or not to punish the perpetrator. And, most importantly, no assuming that a woman defaults to consenting unless she says "no" loud enough or fights hard enough. Default should be nonconsent unless she says or otherwise indicates "yes" unambiguously.
   3. Actually punish rape. Sentences for rape should be in the range of 15-20 years, at least. When four young men who gang-rape a drugged girl on camera can get 6 years, there is a problem.
   4. Teach our children that women and girls are not strange, weird, icky things, but are just normal people. It is very possible to raise boys so that they don't hate girls. Hating girls and women is taught. We need to stop people from teaching it.

Sounds good to me.
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Gakked from a thread on [personal profile] ginmar 's journal, written by [personal profile] flewellyn .

   1. Take rape claims seriously. If a woman says someone raped her, believe her until and unless there is incontrovertible proof that it didn't happen (hint: this is rare).
   2. Prosecute rape fairly. This means no referring to it as "alleged rape" or "alleged victim", no dredging up the victim's sexual history or habits as "defense", no insinuations that she deserved it somehow, and certainly no involving race or class in determining whether or not to punish the perpetrator. And, most importantly, no assuming that a woman defaults to consenting unless she says "no" loud enough or fights hard enough. Default should be nonconsent unless she says or otherwise indicates "yes" unambiguously.
   3. Actually punish rape. Sentences for rape should be in the range of 15-20 years, at least. When four young men who gang-rape a drugged girl on camera can get 6 years, there is a problem.
   4. Teach our children that women and girls are not strange, weird, icky things, but are just normal people. It is very possible to raise boys so that they don't hate girls. Hating girls and women is taught. We need to stop people from teaching it.

Sounds good to me.
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