Sorry for the gross heading, but that is what an Israeli judge seemed to have agreed with in her ruling this week.
A man enters a hospital, pretends to be a physician and rapes a patient who just had given birth. I lasted “only a few minutes.”
This blog post is to protest against this insanity.
“Only a few minutes of rape” can traumatize for decades, or more likely: for life. While he got three years, and with remission for good conduct, he can be free in two years. Completely disproportional.
That’s the whole difference between a victimizer and the victim. “I only slapped her once.” Yes, but she’s hurting ever since.
A remark by a state prosecutor that this rape would undermine trust and safety regarding doctors and hospitals is ludicrous too. What does that matter in comparison to rape?
The whole line of thinking from the judge is so crooked. We will now see commutation of sentences if perpetrators say:
“She only objected once so how serious is my rape then?”
“I killed him but I only stabbed him once.”
“I pushed her out of the window but she fell from the fifth floor, not the 20th, so she didn’t suffer so long.”
“I floored him, but with only one punch on the chin.”
“I emptied out their house, but I did it in half an hour.”
“They died in the collision but I was speeding so much that they must have died on impact.”?
There was no report of remorse or of a fine to be paid to the victims. Ridiculous and infuriating.
Was the judge scared to be too feminist or a racist? Lack of impartiality can go both ways, you know. He should be retried by a fellow Arab male judge. He will give 11 years as requested by the prosecution.
Ignorance of rape here is not an isolated incident, it seems. In this case, the police allegedly raped a suspect and almost got away with it – and no one identifies it as rape.
People (and not only men) who prosecute and judge suspected rapists should get a course in which they learn what is rape and what does it.