Delusional Nebraska judge Jeffre Cheuvront has declared sex to be a synonym for rape. That’s right! In 2007, in an American court of law, a rape is not legally distinguishable from a peck on the cheek. Defense attorneys for accused rapist Pamir Safi won a motion to have the word rape banned from the courtroom on the grounds that it inflames overwrought, anti-rapist responses in jurors. Also banned are sexual assault, victim, assailant, and sexual assault kit. Says Dahlia Lithwick, writing in Slate:
[P]rosecutors upped the ante last month by seeking to have words like sex and intercourse barred from the courtroom as well. The judge denied that motion, evidently on the theory that there would be no words left to describe the sex act at all. The result is that the defense and the prosecution are both left to use the same wordâ€”sexâ€”to describe either forcible sexual assault, or benign consensual intercourse. As for the jurors, they’ll just have to read the witnesses’ eyebrows to sort out the difference.
Lithwick points out that using the word sex instead of rape in the courtroom implies the opposite ‘legal conclusion’: that it was just an innocent, ‘consensual’ round of hide-the-salami. Which the defense wants to be true, because then the victim is a deceitful whore seeking to realize the fondest wish of all low, promiscuous women: to bring false rape charges against a sterling pillar of male society because she ‘regrets’ her ‘decision’ to ‘have intercourse’.
The state of juridical process has truly plummeted to new depths of misogyny when the victim of a rape is forced to testify that she ‘had sex’ while unconscious with a man who had removed her to his apartment against her will. As Lithwick says, what’s next? “Should the complaining witness in a mugging be forced to testify that he was merely giving his attacker a loan?”
I’ve been complaining for some time now that words officially have no meaning anymore — they are regularly stolen from the people who need’em and put’em to reasonable use by megatheocorporatocrats, who reprogram them as minions in service of their own bloated interests before releasing them back into the public sphere — and this proves my hypothesis. If one erases the word rape from courtroom vernacular, if a victim of assault has no word to describe the violent nature of the attack, rape itself ceases to exist as a crime. All that’s left is sex, which everybody knows is the right and proper use of a woman, especially a drunk woman. Rape apologists — that is to say, men who don’t see anything criminal in a little coercion — can breathe a sigh of relief. A woman in public resumes her traditional role as public property in a persistent condition of having given consent. The natural order is restored.
[Thanks, Belle O’Cosity]