Tuesday, October 6, 2009

From a Fellow Advocate

from Maria Miranda, Hotline Advocate since Fall 2007

The recent news about Roman Polanski has gotten celebrities and "regular folk" talking about the case. While many people are calling for overdue justice, some celebrities are defending Polanski saying that enough time has passed, he's a celebrated director and that he should be forgiven. That's atrocious enough considering the life-long impact of sexual assault. What's even worse are rape apologists like Whoopi Goldberg who seems to think there is a difference between rape and "rape-rape". You see, Whoopi thinks that Polanski having sex with a 13 year-old girl wasn't "rape-rape", but some milder version of the crime.

We cannot let star power get in the way of punishing offenders who have committed criminal acts. As advocates, we can use this news headline as an opportunity to talk about the impact of sexual assault and why we need to remain vigilant in combating rape culture.

Roman Polanski is not a hero, he's a convicted rapist who never served time. There is no such thing as "rape-rape". Rape is real and we don't need people defending a criminal. We need people committed to eradicating sexual assault.



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