Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Like a lot of people I'd been following the Haidl gang rape trial at Pinko Feminist Hellcat (brief summary: three extremely rich young men filmed themselves repeatedly raping a young woman who has passed out. When they were charged with rape they attempt to destroy her even more. They manage to get one hung jury, but then they get convicted. But you should really read everything Sheezlebub says about the case). Those men have just been sentanced to six years in prison.

Today Sheezlebub has the statement Jane Doe (her name is suppressed, not that that stopped the rapists from making sure everyone knew who she was) made to the court. It's awful and harrowing, but it's also the statement of an survivor.

I think Amanda from Pandagon said it best:

They called Jane Doe “trash”, followed her around, smeared her name all over town and otherwise let it be known how most of society feels about women who speak out against sexual assault. Well, I’m going to adamantly disagree.

Jane Doe is a hero.

She got these pigs off the street so they don’t do it to someone else. She put up with a lot for that sliver of a hope that her pursuit of justice would mean something. And something so small, really–to be free. To be able to have friends you can visit. To be able to go to a party, like a man can, without fear of being brutally raped. To be considered human.
She's right, and Louise Nicholas is also a hero.

In our school hall we used to have a quilt which said Me aro koe ki te hä o Hine-ahu-one, which was translated as: Pay Heed to the Dignity of Women. I'd like to pay heed to the dignity to all women who have survived rape and sexual abuse.

Also posted on Alas


  1. Jane Doe is indeed a hero, and I admire her completely. It takes tremendous courage to stand up for your rights when society takes such drastic steps to silence you. I truly hope that she reads feminist blogs, so that she can gain some comfort from knowing that there are legions of people who support her.

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  3. I mean was telling the truth..

  4. Sorry genius nothing personal but I'm not hosting a space for people to doubt the words of rape survivors.

  5. Indeed, I guess supporting women serves a purpose until we know whether it is the case or not. After-all better to suport an evil person than to leave an innocent one with no support at all.
    But generally it seems such people are seen as guilty until proven innocent by the general public, that is the impression I get. It is indeed a vile crime of course and as such I guess many are willing to accept collateral damage (like with death penalty supporters). despite that, I think sifting one from the other warrents consideration.

    deleete if u like you r the target anyway.