Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Fourth Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 13, 1974 Pages 35 to 44 -The Herald Family Too often, the trial is as humiliating as the crime Kxccrptcd from 'Against by Andra Medea and Kdthleen Thompson Copyright (c) 1974 by Andra Medea and Kdthleen Thompson by arrangement with the publisher harrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc By ANDRA MEDEA and KATHLEEN THOMPSON Newspaper Enterprise Assn. (Last in a Series) Once you get away from a rapist, or he leaves, the ordeal isn't over Since you probably won't be thinking clearly enough to make decisions then, you ought to try to decide some things now. Are you going to report it to the police? If so. are you going to try for a conviction' That is, are you willing to go through all the legal procedures, the confrontations with the rapist, the courtroom scene? The social mores about rape have little or no concern with protecting the woman as an individual. The official laws of this country reflect these attitudes perfectly: They treat women as property. A woman cannot be raped by her husband. The right to your body belongs to him, not to you. You don't have the right to keep your husband from his property. Therefore, he cannot be convicted of rape The same property concept is used in defense of an accused rapist. If it can be shown that you have ever slept with a man who is not your husband, or even that you have a "reputation" for not being chaste, your case will almost certainly be lost. Can you prove yourself to be completely in- nocent to the police'' The burden of proof is on you The slightest indication of seductiveness a short skirt, smiling when the rapist first approached you is taken as confirmation that you not only enjoyed the encounter but precipitated it. It is a problem to prove anyone's thoughts beyond a shadow of a doubt, but in the case of rape the courts have stretched the point beyond all reason Surely no woman has consented to intercourse if the man has to hold a knife to her throat. But if she was hitchhiking or in the man's apartment, she is going to have a hard time proving that she was raped. The police are unable, and to some extent, unwilling to make arrests in most of the cases reported to them Of the men actually charg- ed with rape, a very small minority are con- victed One of the few studies we found on the subject set the figure at less than one-tenth If you decide to go to the police, here are some things you can do so that you will be taken seriously First, report the rape to the first people you encounter, with one excep- tion, don't tell it to a strange man who is alone Most states accept the testimony of persons who will state that the victim told them about the rape immediately after the occurrence and that she appeared to be upset. Witnesses are an important verification of your story If you don't see anyone, call a friend Then call the police at once. The sooner the rape is reported, the more likely it is that there will be an arrest When the police come, they will take you and your friend to the nearest hospital that handles rape cases. Many Catholic hospitals refuse rape cases because proper treatment would include some measure toward preventing pregnancy After about two weeks you should be check- ed for venereal disease since there is now a gonorrhea epidemic in this country As soon as the police are contacted, they will begin questioning you to get a clear description of the man. Try to co-operate the attacker may still be in the vicinity. After this, you will be asked to give the details of the attack This is where your friend will be important Even if you are capable of talking about it, there are some questions which they have no need and no right to ask. Your friend should be able to help you here by asking what the purpose of the question is. You're likely to run into disbelief and suspi- cion on the part of the police If you are un- married, if you look like a hippie or are black, if you were on the streets after dark, if it happened in your own home or his home, if you were dressed provocatively or are ugly any of these or a hundred other things is enough to make a policeman refuse to believe you Either you were asking for it, or you are simply a hysterical female and it didn't happen at all So the people to whom you turn for help may well be hostile, contemptuous or even amused Having a friend with you who believes you and sympathizes with you can be very important. Don't worry about restraining yourself or controlling your emotions If you seem calm, you are unlikely to be believed, whatever that calmness may cost you in emotional energy Your attitude will be brought up in court as evidence. If you can get the man arrested. will have done better than most women who are raped After the arrest, the prosecutor will take over He may decide not to prosecute Even if he does, it is highly hkelv that he 11 try to make a deal with the rapist or his lawyer The prosecutor will probabh offer to drop the rape charge if the man will plead guilty to some lesser charge If the rapist's lawyer feels that he has a fairly good chance of winning the case, he will probably take it to trial The trial itself car. far anything else for shear brutality If it can be proved that this par- ticular man had intercourse with you, his lawyer must try to make the believe that you consented to it Obviously you need a very good case to make going to court worthwhile Even if you have a good case, you may not want to There are those who argue that it is vour duty to prosecute if you can believe that it takes a brave woman to follow a rape charge to the end In our society, prosecuting a rapist is an act of courage A woman who will do it is to be admired But a woman who will not do it shouldn't be regarded with contempt THE BETTER HALF ByBarn needed to ease food problem decided to marry him the day I beat him in a high school debate Camm's... your headquarters for _ famous Shoes for Women by JOYCE In Black Buffalo AA and B widths Sizes 6-10 Men and Ladles' ERNIE RICHARDSON CURLING BOOTS low in white with black trim. ladies black boot atyle by JOYCE In BlacR Crinkle Patent witn leather sole, and dressy cov- ered heel See too. many other new Joyce styles Exclusive "Empress" DRESSY PUMPS This dressy pump is avail- able in All over Clack with brown combination Black with dark brown combination all our new SNOWBOOTS are now in. 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