Is Society Ready to Penalize Rape?
Egyptian NGOs report more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults against women took place in the midst of demonstrations since the coup of 30 June, 2013 affecting both foreign and Egyptian women have been attacked. In India, one woman is raped every 20 minutes.
Justice is not always meted out as it was successfully done in the sentencing of one of the perpetrators in the brutal and fatal rape of a young Indian woman which was as a result of mass civil protest.
Challenging gender violence as become one of the many societal injustices that has been forced to take a long look in the mirror since 2011 (former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn), but those injustices that have penetrated all levels of society have to face justice comes in many forms in order to unravel the big knot of sexual objectification . . .
A 27-year-old man named Richard Thomas collapsed in terror when police informed him that the woman he admitted to raping was HIV-positive. According to a BBC report, Thomas is currently waiting for his own test results to return.
Thomas had by his own admission taken alcohol, Ecstasy and cocaine on the night when he broke into the Greater Manchester, U.K. home of his victim. The woman had taken a sleeping pill and only woke up when Thomas had already penetrated her from behind.
‘He was arrested and interviewed and said he had been drinking heavily, taken cocaine and ecstasy and could not recall the incident,’ he added.
His barrister, Virginia Hayton, said that he still cannot recall the attack but when told about it he said that the woman ‘would not lie, she tells the truth. If she says I have done it, I have done it’.
Jailing Thomas for five years and four months Judge Mark Brown said that he had committed ‘this dreadful offence’ while she lay asleep, having taken a sleeping tablet, and it had left her distressed and anxious.
Prosecutor Harry Pepper told the BBC, “She froze and no words were exchanged. He pulled up his shorts and left.”
Judge Mark Brown called the attack “dreadful” and sentenced Thomas to five years and four months for the crime.
When police informed Thomas that his victim was HIV-positive, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital. He was tested there for HIV exposure and the results are pending. He told police he knew the woman he attacked was ill, but not the specific disease.
His attorney, Virginia Hayton said, “It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”
By Nina Kate
The 23-year-old man who beat his daughter’s rapist to death near the rural town of Shriner, Texas, will not be prosecuted for the incident. A grand jury in Lavaca County decided against pressing charges on the father, who killed Jesus Mora Flores, 47, when he caught him molesting the 5-year-old in a secluded shack on the family farm in June.
Said District Attorney Heather McMinn shortly after the incident, “Under the law in the state of Texas, deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault.”
Before the attack, the girl and her brother went out to the feed the chickens. When Flores, a farmhand, picked up the girl and carried her to an out-of-the-way area, her brother ran back to tell his father what was happening. Once the man heard the news, he rushed toward the shack, reportedly guided by his daughter’s screams.
When he arrived on the scene, he found the child with Flores, both of their underwear removed. Driven to rage, he began beating Flores until the farmhand lost consciousness. He then called 911.
Despite his anger, the father showed great concern that the man might not survive the beating. He told the 911 dispatcher, who had trouble locating the farm, “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do.”
At one point, he offered to drive Flores to the hospital in his own truck to help save his life.
The father’s name is not being released in order to protect the identity of his daughter. Immediately following the incident, Sheriff Micah Harmon stated he would not press charges, deferring the decision to a grand jury.
Harmon described him as “very remorseful,” and told CNN, “You have a right to defend your daughter … the girl’s father acted in defense of his third person.”