(these are not my words – Another Flaming Elephant, from last week’s news)
“Someone call me when the social media outrage of the week (read: rape this week) is over. I cannot handle this weekly outrage, keyboard warriors, meme posting nonsense.
Our system, in particular when it comes to rape, is very very difficult to manage. A woman goes to a police station with enough courage to finally report a rape and the first words she hears is “do you think he will be able to obtain an attorney?” regardless of the amount of evidence, then told it is likely she will go on trial more than the perpetrator, if it even gets that far. Does she want to pursue this? Is she sure? No. She’s not sure. She wasn’t sure when walked in, broken, scared, and vulnerable.
So let’s pretend now that it makes it past the initial cop’s report, to a detective (who takes another report), and then to a DA.
Does the DA see a lot of work involved to get a conviction?
Is it an election year? This isn’t Law & Order SVU, friends. This is someone who has a job. It’s their job to keep the numbers up.
Does this fit into their box?
How much time is it going to take?
Are they *really* a public threat,
or only a threat to the one person, the victim, and therefore not worth the time?
Now they’ve pressed charges. Ok. Now comes the negotiations. The families are pressured into plea agreements. The prosecutors often explain to the families that it’s better this way for all involved. It’s easier this way. A slap on the wrist is better than nothing, right? Besides, a trial is long and emotional.
Do you really want to have to keep reliving your nightmare over and over for months, maybe up to years? Better this way.
And then, if it even GETS to trial, the sentences are reduced. The poor guy has already sat in jail for quite some time. I think he’s learned his lesson. The little lady didn’t cry enough, or was in some way promiscuous, asking for it…
or even better, by the time of the trial the dude has now gone through treatment for his drugs/alcohol/anger issues/etc and won’t do it again. Promise.
No need to tarnish his reputation and ruin his life for one little mistake.
Guys, if you think this case is unique, you are kidding yourself. Each one of you knows someone who has been the person slapped on the wrist, or you know the victim who didn’t find justice in the justice system. Don’t be naive.
Wake me up when you’re ready to do something about it. Or go post another meme. I hear they do wonders.”
From an anonymous Friend of Ms Herisme xo