And anyone who thinks that this couldn't happen to them in their insular community or nice, small, quiet town, or if they're modestly covered up from head to toe, hasn't been reading the papers lately.
It makes me sick. And angry.
Have a good day.
P.S. Read as many of the comments on Cecily's post as you can, and also her follow-up post.
I believe in merciless justice for rapists, and that the guilty should be punished severely. However, I believe that an accusation is different than a conviction.
Watching this trial play out is frustrating for me, as most trials are, because of the amount of speculation about and identificatio with the parties on both sides - the trial becomes less about a specific event, and establishing whether a crime was committed by these specific people, and more about the larger societal issues which the observer imbues into it.
All in all, what gets forgotten is that this criminal trial is remarkably like oodles of other criminal trials around the country. There are people accused of a crime, and they may or may not be guilty. Until they are proven guilty, they are innocent.
what i'm trying to say is that the whole thing is politicized into a culture of fear, etc. 'rape culture" or something like that.