Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

30 September 2009

Rape Is Still Rape -- Even After 32 Years - From Awearness

This was originally posted at the AWEARNESS blog.


60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

Only 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.

I firmly believe that these two facts, courtesy of RAINN, are intertwined.

Why would you want to call the police after being raped if you knew that there was less than a 10% chance that your rapist would ever see the inside of a jail cell?

Thirty-two years ago an adult man raped a 13-year-old girl. Along with her mother, she reported it to the police. The man pled guilty and, threatened with imprisonment, he fled the United States. Today the media asks why money would be wasted on bringing this man in front of a judge to close the case, and questions its timing.

I ask, "What took so gawd damn long?"

Please continue reading over at AWEARNESS.

2 comments:

I am amazed upon hearing "well, it happened so long ago" which apparently means that the crime is no longer relevant thus punishment is no longer necessary.

How can it not be relevant? It is certainly relevant to the now grown 13 year-old and by extension to her family.

Polanski is a rapist and a pedophile. I can't begin to wrap my head around the idea that people understand why he should stand trial. Every time I see something about this, I want to scream.