Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Rape Joke Isn't.


I was appalled to read in the Irish Times today that the gardai (police) arresting a couple of women for protesting made a series of jokes (along with their superintendent) of raping them. Ha-ha. The rape culture is alive and well in my native country.

This certainly gives any raped girl/woman the confidence to report her assault to the police. Not.

A video camera owned by one of the women was inadvertently left switched on and this captured the entire conversation of the police.

Which seriously makes me wonder of how often and how many police make these kinds of 'jokes' and get away with it.

Rape is never, ever, ever, ever funny.

And I was threatened with it in 1971 by a policeman in Toronto who had stopped my car late at night.

And no one at the police station believed me.

Nothing changes.

14 comments:

  1. Words fail me, but I wanted to register my solidarity. Every Blessing

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  2. Rape is never funny. This sort of story makes me ashamed to be called Irish.

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  3. I agree wholeheartedly with Freda. I, too, want to register my solidarity with what you say. As a society, we are SO stunned sometimes.

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  4. I'm sure those sort of remarks go on all the time. They were unlucky enough to get caught. Too many men just can't resist all that macho viciousness.

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  5. Agree with you , Rape is never, ever, ever, ever funny.thanks for sharing this interesting post

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  6. Another fist going up to show solidarity here, WWW.

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  7. It's still true that crimes against woman are often winked at. What a sad thing for our world.

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  8. i have been following this story thru RTE news podcasts. sometimes i think this sort of thing is inevitable--give a young man a uniform and a gun and tell him he's in charge, and there are going to be some every time who turn into jerks.

    but that doesnt' mean we shouldn't loudly, loudly, loudly protest and be angry. absolutely we should.

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  9. Appalling.

    I was nearly raped by an Indian holy man at the age of 12, but luckily managed to fight him off. It really does shake your confidence in those who are supposed to be above reproach though.

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  10. sorry to say this and I hope I only offend the right people - men, men alone, men in groups, men in power. For them the world is a locker room when it comes to women. The cop stopping your car latest night is absolutely terrifying.

    I read somewhere that if I am driving at night and a cop tries to pull me over, to immediately dial 911 to report being pulled over and give youe exact location and not to stop until they have the information and keep the call open while the cop makes you open your window. If you are in a city or town pull over where something is open. Still, the beast is the beast and power is a killer.

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  12. beyond shocking. I cannot believe they haven't been sacked.

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  13. That is crazy WWW...I find it shocking beyond belief as well...

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