|Washtenaw Watchdogs Post|
In defense of Douglas Smith, while he might be posting this for the wrong reasons, without regard to the victim, there is a necessity to talk about injustices like this rape and the following threats. While the serial rapist of three summers ago is most's image of rape in Ann Arbor, the reality is this isn't true. For every reported crime, there is one that will go unreported. It won't occur only to women, although 1 in 6 women (often higher dependent on race) is a victim of sexual assault. The majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone that the victim knows. This anonymous victim posted about is not an isolated event.
So if you chose to read the articles, or comments, or police report, consider that this women could be a friend, mother, daughter. If you are a victim, do not blame yourself or what you were doing, no one deserves sexual assault no matter what some will make you believe. If you aren't a victim, do not emphasize the word "allegedly" because 97% of rapists will not spend a day in jail for their crimes, although there is no statue of limitations on rape. Most do not invent allegations of rape, there are no benefits to do so. Do not counter with the fact the woman was drunk or they had kissed, this does not excuse the actions of the rapist. Pay attention to what partners say, or do that could indicate discomfort. Battle patriarchy and rape culture by demeaning those who make rape jokes or victim blame. And sure as hell don't rape.