In Sacramento, Judge Orders Rape Victim to be Jailed

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 17th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In Sacramento, California, a judge has ordered a rape victim to jail in order to force her to testify.

Would we treat men this way?

In Sacramento, California, superior court judge Lawrence Brown, saying he was "terribly sorry," has ordered a seventeen year old rape victim to be jailed until April 23rd, when her alleged attacker, William Rackley, 37, who the court believes is a serial rapist, goes on trial. She had failed to show up for two previous court dates.

Statistics reveal that in this country only 46 percent of rapes are reported, and very few of them result in prosecutions. It is assumed that the main reason so many rapes remain unreported is the way that the victims are treated. Rape trials are notoriously traumatic for victims, as often they are the ones put on trial. They get asked questions about their make-up, the length of their skirts and the depth of their cleavage, about their sexual histories and the people they associate with, as if they invited what they received. This is like accusing a well dressed man who gets mugged of inviting the crime by the way he dressed, or blaming the burglary victim for living in a nice neighborhood.

Probably fear is what kept the poor 17 year old victim in this case from showing up, and now Judge Brown has provided women with still another reason not to report assaults against them - that they might be imprisoned for doing so. It seems to this observer that the court certainly could have found a more creative and humane way to treat the victim in this case while still assuring that she would show up to testify. Even a GPS device attached to her ankle would have been better than throwing her in jail.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Apr 2012 (#)

again OMG Steve...what is going on here...it is almost too dark to believe...so keep lots of light around you and yours...namaste

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
17th Apr 2012 (#)

And you as well my dear friend. thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Rape victims are treated in this manner in all countries. Another of your scathing note on the Authority, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes, they are, and it's time we brought the feminine archetype into balance with the masculine, because male oppression of women hasthrown the entire planet off kilter. Thank you Pradeep.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
18th Apr 2012 (#)

It does waste taxpayers money for a trial to be prepared and then suspended. Also, there are ways to avoid being raped, not in every case, of course, but probably in quite a few. If a well dressed man wearing a Rolex watch, walks down a dark street, he might well get robbed. A woman, without a Rolex watch, walking down the same street, might well get raped. A shabbily-dressed woman, wearing a Rolex watch............O.K., I'll hang it up!

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author avatar Buzz
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Our justice system is worse. Judges can be bought! In any case, that happening in America is revolting. Thanks, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Apr 2012 (#)

I hate to tell you this Buzz but there are some judges here who can be bought as well.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
18th Apr 2012 (#)

Hopefully, if she is in jail, she will not get raped. On second thoughts, she is much less likely to be raped. Maybe the judge thought she would be safer in jail than on our streets.

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