Everything they say about the difficulties of a rape trial is sadly true. One’s word is not enough in these days of C.S.I. and DNA. Even if people believe you, you are tested beyond what any crime victim should have to endure. While on the witness stand, the defense attorneys seek to shame and humiliate you for hours, even days, with deeply personal questions about your body, your intimate life and your social life simply because you dare to come forward. How saddening, how utterly disheartening.
For me, public opinion will be the ultimate verdict.
Here’s an older article about reactions from the verdict.
What might this have to do with ideas, words, and education (ie: my blog)? Well, this has to do with people, and I’m still “in uffish thought” as I write about this. I’ve written about rape before, and it still overwhelms me. I can’t completely explain it, but I believe that it’s connected with life and death, in the sense that to violate someone’s sexuality is the closest one can get to violating a person’s soul. (The aftermath is also connected with life and death since rapes can result in unwanted babies or their termination). Regardless of rhetoric, of the facts of the case, and legal terminology, this brings up a flurry of thoughts, and ultimately, the bottom line is this all matters.