Women Who Go to Bars Get What They Deserve

You got to love victim blaming.  Why did you get sexually assaulted?  Because you went to a bar, silly girl.  Sigh.

From Dispatches from the Culture Wars:

Here’s a troubling story. A police officer uses his badge to get in to a bar free, then gropes a woman, putting his hand up her skirt and grabbing her genitals. Bouncers threw him out, a jury convicted him of sexual assault and the police department, in a very rare move, actually fired him after an internal investigation supported the criminal conviction. So the judge, naturally, tells the woman she should never have put herself in that position by going to a bar.

Bad things can happen in bars, Hatch told the victim, adding that other people might be more intoxicated than she was.

“If you wouldn’t have been there that night, none of this would have happened to you,” Hatch said.

And if Kennedy wouldn’t have been in Texas, Oswald wouldn’t have shot him.  Judge Hatch, do you have a point?

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change,” Hatch said that her mother used to say.

Wait….  Last time I checked, it was perfectly legal to go to a bar.  So the victim, who was participating in a legal recreational activity for adults, apparently shouldn’t blame the cop who assaulted her for assaulting her?  Why?  Because she was asking for it?  Because she was in a bar, and everyone knows all women who go to bars are alcoholics and sluts?

Well, at least the sexual abusing cop was convicted and fired.  Not only did he lose his badge, but his jail time will protect other women who may have made the horrible decision of going to a bar he happened to be at, right?

Hatch told the victim and the defendant that no one would be happy with the sentence she gave, but that finding an appropriate sentence was her duty.

The appropriate sentence?





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