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Heather
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This is such a hot topic, but I confess, I haven't posted on it until yet because:

a) It's freaking triggering, especially for someone assaulted around the same age, and

b) I really didn't have anything to say: Roman Polanski drugged and forcibly raped someone. This is a crime. He got caught, did not deny he did any of these things, and was charged. People charged with crimes often get sentenced. They need to do what that sentence requires. If people do not want to do time for crimes, they need to not perpetrate crimes, most of which -- and most certainly rape -- are easily avoidable. Nothing new or special about any of that, so not much to say.

Amanda Marcotte today did a really good piece on this here: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2009/10/06/the-polanski-question-why-does-the-hollywood-elite-continue-excuse-rape-and-violence

I appreciate what she made the question ABOUT: not about if it's okay to rape people, or if some people get to rape people and be excused, but WTF was up with all the apologists.

I also really appreciated Kate Harding on this -- http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/09/28/polanski_arrest/ -- (and while I'm not totally down with calling teenagers children, I understand why she chose that word here) as well as this one -- http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2009/09/29/getting-over-it/ -- feministe.

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'A litany of ****-ups and ****-its, whatevers, mistakes, trusting no one, least of all myself. Before, sex was mysterious; after, miasma. I was tarred as a Lolita. I was called jail bait.'

What a goddamn powerful section of writing.

Also, what I found really interesting about those articles was that they seemed really focused around the age of the victim rather than the fact it was rape - I understand that the age cannot be a neglected factor, but I still think that drugging and raping someone is pretty abhorrent in itself, and would have though more ephasis would have been put on that.

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