This is rape culture in action. He was afraid he’d try to have an affair with her so he fired her instead of getting his shit together. And the court (all male) cosigned him blaming her for being in her body & not taking any responsibility for his actions. His wife & his pastor were on board with this shit too. Amazing.
Now hold on a minute.
“We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right,” said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. “Our position has always been Mrs. Nelson was never terminated because of her gender, she was terminated because of concerns her behavior was not appropriate in the workplace. She’s an attractive lady. Dr. Knight found her behavior and dress to be inappropriate.”
Never terminated because of her gender. Right after says it was because she was an ‘attractive lady’. So, she was terminated for her gender then. And her ‘behavior’ = Existing, I guess.
So policing women has gotten to such a point that they can be fired and have their job security threatened for just being in eye shot of men. Whole new levels of victim blaming..
Also, never responding to a explicitly sexual out-of-the-blue text seems like a pretty clear lack of comfort to me. What was she gonna do, tell her Boss to fuck off?
The case Rivard was discussing was that of 17-year-old Chetek high schooler Dennis Veldman, who in November of last year was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in his school band room. The girl says Veldman told her he wanted to have sex with her, and that she said no. He proceded to take her pants off, told her to lie still, and raped her. The girl told prosecutors that she was too scared to do anything, and that it hurt. In a deal, Veldman pled guilty to three counts of fourth degree sexual assault, for which he served 90 days in jail. Veldman returned to jail in September, when he punched a 13-year-old boy in the face, breaking his nose. Rivard’s “some girls rape easy” comment came about a month after a child was raped in a band room. Since the comments, Paul Ryan, Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson, and several other Republicans have backpedaled the fuck away from endorsing Rivard. But the Pioneer Press reports that local Wisconsin Republicans are continuing to hold rallies for Rivard, and that Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin are still holding fast and strong to their beloved easy rapin’ candidate. Northwestern Wisconsin, I love you, but you’re bringing me down.
I eventually reported my rapist. He graduated with honors. I will not graduate from Amherst.
no you idiots it should be the other way around……….
“The state Supreme Court Monday threw out the conviction of a city man found guilty of sexually assaulting a severely handicapped woman.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court ruled that despite evidence the 26-year-old woman cannot speak and has little body movement, there was no evidence she could not communicate her refusal to have sex with the defendant, Richard Fourtin Jr. As a result of the ruling, Fourtin goes free and cannot be tried for the case again.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE - “Supreme Court sets accused rapist free”
Silly people. Sexism doesn’t exist.
let me guess, she was wearing a sexy looking hospital gown, too.
HA HA HA it’s good to know I don’t have rights because I have a vagina
From a disability right’s standpoint, this TERRIFIES me. So much.
PWD already face higher risks of assault and abuse. Now, through no fault of her own, a woman’s rapist is set free because … let me get this straight … her disability prevented her from saying no and from fighting back.
This is why “no means no” is such a bad way to approach rape. “Hell yes and nothing less” should be more the norm. Because, let’s be real here. A lack of “no” seems to be enough to allow the violation of a woman’s body, EVEN IF SHE IS INCAPABLE OF SAYING SO. Where does the line stop?
Seriously, if you can’t take the time to get an enthusiastic, clear, yes, then you have no business proceeding.
This court decision is horrifying on so many levels.
The judges who ruled in favor of this are examples of how our justice systems can perpetuate rape culture. And it’s more proof that our systems need to be fixed. Isn’t it frightening that such a twisted idea of consent is allowed and ruled as legitimate? All the responsibility is put on the victim, not the rapist. This ruling implies that victims are expected to go to the point of getting physically violent with their attacker, even when this could lead to their further injury, abuse, or death. A victim should not have to risk their lives further to get a court to care about them.
The judges who pushed this verdict through have basically told this woman and many other women that they are on their own and that it’s their fault when they get raped. Wow.
CNN has interviewed women in all branches of the armed forces, including the Coast Guard, who tell stories that follow a similar pattern — a sexual assault, a command dismissive of the allegations and a psychiatric discharge.
[TW: rape] 2:30 a.m. – 2:45 a.m. A student had “non-consensual sexual intercourse” with another student. The crime was logged as sexual misconduct.
So rape is now known as “misconduct”. Oh. Ok. (via deaf-autie)
Good luck but don’t expect anything to come from this.
I hate everything.
‘But people know rape is bad so there is no rape culture.’ You mean people give lip service to the idea that rape is bad but in reality list it as a small matter of ‘sexual misconduct’. :\