In an absolutely appalling case in England, a judge gave a convicted rapist a light sentence and said that he didn’t consider him a “classic rapist” because he had merely “lost control of normal restraint” when his drunk victim passed out at his house. It’s hard to not become enraged while reading this:
Jurors took two and a half hours to unanimously find him guilty of rape following a trial last week.
Judge Michael Mettyear, the honorary recorder of Hull and the East Riding, told Setford yesterday: “It’s sad to see a man of generally good character in the dock for such a serious offence.
“I do not regard you as a classic rapist. I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a woman to rape.
“This was a case where you just lost control of normal restraint.”…
“She was a pretty girl who you fancied. You simply could not resist. You had sex with her.”
He sentenced the man to five years in prison, but he’ll likely only serve half of that term. This idea that there is such a thing as a “classic rapist” who lurks in the shadows and seeks out women to rape is mostly nonsense. Almost half of all rapes are perpetrated by a friend or acquaintance, not by a stranger. A rapist is a rapist, period.
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