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Rape Victim Should Have Just Closed Her Legs: Defense Attorney

Ignorance and outrageous statements on rape are rampant world-wide. Today, this story from New Zealand, via AOL HuffPost World:

 

This week’s example of how not to handle a rape trialhave comes to you from New Zealand, where a defense attorney is being criticized for saying a sexually assaulted woman should have kept her legs shut.

Speaking to a Wellington District Court jury on Wednesday, defense lawyer Keith Jefferies claimed that his client, George Jason Pule, a bouncer at a local club, had merely engaged in consensual sex with the victim, as quoted by local paper The Dominion Post.

Jefferies’ “proof”? The drunk 20-year-old woman did not attempt to stop Pule’s advances after he convinced her to follow him down an alley.

“All she would have had to do was to close her legs,” Jefferies told the jury in his closing argument, per the Post. “[I]t’s as simple as that.”

Pule had attempted to claim that the victim had filed a false rape charge because she regretted having sex with him, reports the Post.

Despite his best efforts, Jefferies’ client was ultimately convicted on the rape charge and is currently awaiting sentencing.

It’s been a difficult month so far for victims advocates in New Zealand, with the Wellington trial following news of an alleged “teen rape club, ” known as the “Roast Busters,” operating in New Zealand. Members of the group, which is currently being investigated by police, are said to have boasted about getting underage girls drunk and sexually assaulting them. 

“This whole situation is horrific,” Wellington Rape Crisis Center’s Natalie Gousmett said in a press release. “First we have the abhorrent behaviour of the members of the rape group, causing serious harm to the victims they have targeted. Then we have appalling coverage by media, including extreme victim-blaming. … All of this demonstrates the rape culture in [New Zealand], which is extremely harmful to survivors.”

Gousemett went on to note that victims who “are told they are at fault for being raped” are far less likely to come forward and receive the support they need.

In an effort to counteract the problem, advocacy groups have launched a new public service campaign called “Who Are You,” urging New Zealanders to keep “an eye on your mates when you’re out –- You look after them, they look after you. It’s all about having fun and making it home safely.”

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November 14, 2013 Posted by | Character, Crime, Cultural, Living Conditions, Safety, Social Issues, Women's Issues | , | Leave a comment

For a Sunny Cold Day in Pensacola

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Normally, I sleep my best in cold weather, but last night the Qatari Cat decided sleeping closely snuggled up to me was preferable to the snug heated bed we bought him, and which he normally loves.

 

The Qatari Cat is a large cat. When we have our delegate dinners for the GCCDC, we keep him in another room. Most often, delegates will hear him complaining and ask if we would let him out. I am willing to bet that there are more photos of delegates with the Qatari Cat in circulation than with us! All that aside, when he snuggles up, he takes up a lot of room. When you want to change positions, he is a snoring, uncooperative lump, and you have to arrange yourself around him. I did not sleep so well as I like to sleep on cold November nights.

 

Yes, he is a spoiled cat.

 

Today’s Psalm from the Lectionary Readings is a delight for a chilly, early November day, warms things right up:

Psalm 34

 

Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
   his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad. 
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
   and let us exalt his name together. 
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
   and delivered me from all my fears. 
5 Look to him, and be radiant;
   so your* faces shall never be ashamed. 
6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
   and was saved from every trouble. 
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
   around those who fear him, and delivers them. 
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
   happy are those who take refuge in him. 
9 O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
   for those who fear him have no want. 
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger,
   but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 
11 Come, O children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 
12 Which of you desires life,
   and covets many days to enjoy good? 
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
   and your lips from speaking deceit. 
14 Depart from evil, and do good;
   seek peace, and pursue it. 
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their cry. 
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
   to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
   and rescues them from all their troubles. 
18 The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
   and saves the crushed in spirit. 
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
   but the Lord rescues them from them all. 
20 He keeps all their bones;
   not one of them will be broken. 
21 Evil brings death to the wicked,
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
   none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

November 14, 2013 Posted by | Faith, Lectionary Readings, Pensacola, Qatteri Cat, Relationships, Thanksgiving, Weather | Leave a comment