A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Victims vs. Volunteers

I wish more people would say these things. Why are we always so ready to excuse the misbehavior of people when it gets them into trouble? While I in no way seek to excuse those who rape, murder, or otherwise hurt young women (or others), these "victims" must bear some of the blame.

Luckily, we have Ann Coulter to speak up about it. And thank God for that.

Her new column, Lie Down With STrippers, Wake Up With Pleas, is out and here is an excerpt:

However the Duke lacrosse rape case turns out, one lesson that absolutely will not be learned is this: You can severely reduce your chances of having a false accusation of rape leveled against you if you don't hire strange women to come to your house and take their clothes off for money.

Also, you can severely reduce your chances of being raped if you do not go to strange men's houses and take your clothes off for money. (Does anyone else detect a common thread here?)

And if you are a girl in Aruba or New York City, among the best ways to avoid being the victim of a horrible crime is to not get drunk in public or go off in a car with men you just met. While we're on the subject of things every 5-year-old should know, I also recommend against dousing yourself in gasoline and striking a match.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially young people, but the outpouring of support for the victims and their families is obscuring what ought to be a flashing neon warning for potential future victims.
This is all common sense. Unfortunately, so many people haven't got common sense anymore. What do girls expect when they dress in a way only hookers used to dress and then go out and drink with strange guys? Some people are wicked and evil. They seek to take advantage of other's stupidity. Why make it easy for them?

It is refreshing to hear someone say what Ann says. I'm sorry for people who lose family members, like the Holloways, but that doesn't excuse Natalie Holloway's responsibility to be smart and moral.

There are (unfortunately) plenty of people whose lives are marred by cruel acts committed by wicked people, who haven't done anything stupid or immoral or silly. They were just going about their daily lives, living morally, and someone ruins everything. We should show more support for these true victims, rather than just volunteers.

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