The above variation to Shakespeare’s most famous quote is untrue.
When we report, call, and prosecute a rape by any other name, we hurt the victims. As was done massively thrice in yesterday’s news.
1. “Psychotherapist convicted of sexually abusing patients sentenced to 39 months. … In the end, he penetrated my body as well. It happened inside the clinic where I revealed to him the details of the rape I went through as a child.”
As part of the plea bargain, the word rape was removed without the victim’s agreement.
2. “IDF fighter cleared of allegation he raped soldier serving on same base. Court unanimously clears Iron Dome serviceman of all charges, accepting defense claim that the pair had a consensual relationship.”
As if rape cannot happen or is canceled in a consensual relationship. No!
3. “Sexual abuse claims in Gilboa prison are ‘lie,’ former prison service commander says. Retired northern district prison commander Makbil Tafesh says that alleged sexual assaults ‘didn’t happen,’ despite at least 6 guards coming forward so far.”
You can have doubts, but you cannot deny rape accusations unless you have proof. It’s hurtful. This is not only about the accused. This is also about the alleged victims.
Let’s not forget how even femicide didn’t have its George Floyd effect. Murdered in private means the public is not enough incensed to have the State (Law giver, police, prosecution, judges) insure proper action. If murder is underrated, what can we expect of rape?
Let me add a news item of last week wherein a media star was cleared of sexual abuse charges. The complaints were found to be reliable, but they were not deemed criminal, so prosecution was unneeded. Case closed.
What? No one who then concludes the law must be changed? People were violated but the Law is fine with it? In 2022 in Israel. How can this be?
Possibly, this has to do with the victims being males. By Law, women are violated already where they feel violated. Officially men too. Officially.