Meta Culpa: looks like she might not be a racist liar after all
posted by Joe in Australia to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM (69 comments total)
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There was a post
in late July that attracted lots of comments. The gist of the story was that a married Israeli Arab had been convicted of "rape by deception" for sleeping with a Jewish Israeli woman while pretending to be a Jewish bachelor. I was uneasy about the claims at the time, because they were all based on the claims made by the defense. We didn't hear anything from the woman's perspective.
Frankly, this woman has been treated very badly. Her name was revealed in the newspapers (by The Guardian
, of all things) and the public attitude towards her was that she was asking for it. The same
views were expressed on Metafilter. The general line was that this was an expression of Israeli racism, and again our commentators followed along - sometimes quite offensively
The court records have been unsealed and it turns out that the facts are very different. Here's a summary from lisagoldman.net
the plaintiff, identified in the article as “B*,” was an emotionally traumatized woman in her 20s who had been raped by her father from the age of six. On the day she met Kashur, she was living in a women’s shelter. Before that, she had worked briefly as a prostitute and spent some time living on the streets. Kashur lured her into the building on Hillel Street with the claim that he worked there and wanted to show her his office; he then assaulted her and raped her, leaving her naked and bleeding – which is how the police discovered her.
B. was later hospitalized in a psychiatric institution, where the police questioned her about the rape, which led them to Kashur. During the trial, after it became apparent that B’s past, combined with her emotional state, made her a vulnerable witness, the prosecution came up with a plea bargain of rape by deception.
Obviously I don't expect people here to have magical powers of discernment, but there's something I would like us to take to heart. Legal disputes are antagonistic and confrontational. When you only hear from one of the parties you are almost always getting only part of the story. This applies especially to accusations of rape, because the alleged victim's identity is usually shielded. Please, show some class and don't just uncritically repeat the defense or the prosecution's talking points. [via