Sunday, December 04, 2005

It saddens and maddens me when a judge finds a 17-year-old woman guilty of filing a false police report after she said she was raped by three young men.

After a day-and-a-half trial, Municipal Judge Peter A. Ackerman on Friday convicted the woman of filing a false police report, a class-C misdemeanor. Ackerman explained his decision, saying there were many inconsistencies in the stories of the four, but that he found the young men to be more credible. He also said he relied on the testimony of a Beaverton police detective and the woman's friends who said she did not act traumatized in the days following the incident. [more]
Kevin Hayden writes at American Street:

I attended this trial. It was especially interesting that the prosecutor kept referring to the three men involved as ‘boys’, when they were fully grown men. The woman was 17.

The judge found inconsistencies in all of the stories, thus establishing reasonable doubt in every story. Yet he convicted the victim. ‘Boys’ will be ‘boys’.
We all know that reporting a rape to the police is a living nightmare. For one, this ruling has brought back burning memories from the inside out. Take the time to read it.

Arthur Silber at Once Upon a Time states:

When you consider that throughout history and into our own time, men have held all the positions of power and that men, and only men, control all major events, one might well wonder why men are so fragile and insecure that they cannot bear even to contemplate that anything might be their own fault. [more]
The Heretik and Seeing the Forest have more to say. DED Space has further advice.

It is shameful what has happened to this 17 year old and to all females that have been violated. It is even more shameful what this DA has done.

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