Friday, February 25, 2011

"Rape By Deception" is that by the Israeli Court System

*Trigger warning for abuse of a rape victim by the court system

So I might be a little late on this, but I'm adding my two cents anyway. According to BBC News, it turns out that that whole rape by deception case in Israel is not as many of us had previously thought.

This was in fact a "real" rape charge where the girl in question had to be taken to the hospital, bleeding and bruised and half-naked. This girl had also been sexually abused by her father since the age of six, forced into sexual slavery, and had been living in a women's shelter when she met Sabbar Kashur. She had felt safe with him, and had hoped for a relationship, not sex. So where does the rape by deception part come in? A plea bargain.

Yeah. Rather than face full sentence, Kashur took the plea bargain sentence of eighteen months in prison on the charge of "rape by deception". Thus, the whole she-cried-rape-when-it-turned-out-he-wasn't-Jewish crap came not from her at all, but from the courts.

You know what the funny thing is? This just makes it worse. If it had only been that she had claimed it was rape because Kashur wasn't Jewish, then the biggest issue here would be the racism of Israel towards Arabs. Now, not only is the racism in this case still explicit, but it was entirely made up by the courts while this woman is not getting her justice.

Israel manages to kill two birds with one stone here. It gets to deny justice to a rape victim by giving her rapist a measly eighteen month sentence, and since the rapist is Arab it still gets to punish the Arab man, but not for being a rapist, only for being Arab. And it means that the courts can now do this for other rape cases as well. Meanwhile, the rape victim was thrown under a bus as everyone thought she was the one to come up with this bullshit!

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