High Profile Rape Charges
by gschr1 on November 10, 2013 - 5:10pm
Joanne Belkins (2010) talks about the severity of rape, how hard it is to report, and how hard it is to discredit. In the introduction she specifies that 95% of college women don’t report being raped. Meaning that only 5% of rape victims are reported to the police! Dr. Belkins goes into detail trying to discuss “determining whether rapes are real, is intensely entangled in rape myths that blame victims, excuse rapists, and erroneously support that false rape claims are a problem“ (Belkins 2010). The article goes into more depth, talking about the complaintents and defendants of different races, and social class. Such as big star athletes such as Kobe Bryant, and the 3 Duke University Lacrosse Players. She goes into more detail on the matter but eventually concludes saying that we need to continue to improve public and criminal legal system awareness about what constitutes rape and to fight rape myths.
The main assumptions underlying the author’s thinking are with Kobe Bryant’s case an African American man, and a white woman. While the other, involved the 3 white Duke lacrosse players, and the African American girl. The story involving Kobe Bryant, goes on to explain that his attorney released the name of the girl into the media, so that there would be negative media attention. This proved to be very effective. Imagine being in her spot receiving death threats, and the national hostility that was brought towards her from the basketball fans. Eventually she agreed to stop the charges, for a monetary agreement, and an apology from Kobe Bryant himself. This turned out to make the victim seem like a “gold digger.” However was it easier to just take the money deal, and just move on emotionally, or was it fake and it was just for the money? Who really knows? For more information about the Duke Lacrosse players, read this article. It was extremely interesting, and brought up valid questions, and issues with the topic of rape. I highly recommend it.
The link provided brings you to the article:
Belkins, J. 2010. Rape: Too Hard to Report, Too Easy to Discredit Victims. High Profile Rape Charges and the Complaint. Hard to Change and Hard to Recant.