By Sheryl McCollum
Consensual Carjacking sounds ridiculous because it is. That is how I feel about rape when I hear it categorized by domestic, stranger, date or statutory. The prelude lessens the crime. When we hear about a rape it’s awful and scary. Some stranger has attacked innocent women. But, when we add the words “domestic”, “date” or “statutory”, we don’t see the crime as awful. We say things like, “well she knew better than to go to his dorm room” or “she at least knew the guy” or my personal favorite “she wanted it”.
Rape should be called Rape! No lead up, no preface, no tags. Just call it rape! Let the jury hear about the relationship between the victim and the accused. Let the justice system do decide the crime and the elements not the media and not the general public.
Roman Polanski is an admitted rapist. He plead guilty. He offered to pay the victim $500,000 dollars in a settlement. He gave the victim alcohol and Quaaludes before the attack. He assaulted her vaginally, anally, and orally before stopping the attack.