Saturday, December 03, 2005

It's important to report a rape correctly if you don't want to be charged with a crime, as a woman in Oregon has learned

Everyone knows how much fun it is to report a rape. You get to answer all kinds of unpleasant questions, get probed and swabbed by a team of medical personnel (if you're lucky and there are rape kits available), and then--if it goes to trial--get treated like sewarage debris by the defendant's attorney.

If you're young, you can have an even better time listening to your parents say that it's better to "keep it quiet," or to your brother-in-law say "oh, come on, he didn't really rape you." Or in the case of incest, you are likely to hear your mother call you a liar, or--if she believes you--demand to know why you "stole" her man.

Who wouldn't want to report a rape? What's not to like?

But be careful, especially if you live in Oregon: Before you report it, you had better be sure you act traumatized enough.


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