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11/10/09 09:02 pm - Today I

received an email from my supervisor at SACVAP and it just disgusts me.

MEN out there, do NOT stand by and let shit like this happen, period.  Call it out, point it out, contact site admins, all of that stuff.  Do not be silent about rape or rape culture.  This is not funny.

Australian students create "pro-rape" Facebook group
via Feministing by Jessica on 11/9/09

This is the kind of story that makes you wonder about the basic goodness of people.
A group of past and present University of Sydney students set up a ''pro-rape'' page in the sports and recreation section on Facebook, describing themselves as ''anti-consent''.
The male students, mostly from the elite, all-male St Paul's College, initially ensured the ''Define Statutory'' group had an open, public profile, and proudly displayed their membership on their personal Facebook pages.
Both the commander of the NSW Police sex crimes unit and the head of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre condemned the site, describing it as ''grooming perpetrators of sexual violence''.
And people have the nerve to argue rape culture doesn't exist...
Outside of the general horribleness of this story, Hortense at Jezebel asks a really great question: Why would Facebook allow this group to exist for so long?
This is a social networking site that refuses to let women post pictures of themselves breastfeeding, mind you, but it's okay to make a "hilarious" pro-rape group in the "Sports and Recreation" category? The group was public, by the way, accessible to anyone and visible to all. Interesting, isn't it, that in the eyes of Facebook, a woman shouldn't be allowed to show her breasts while feeding her child, but it's perfectly acceptable for men to make a highly public "sport" out of rape.

I am so infuriated I could just spit.  MEN do not pull this sort of shit.  BOYS do and need to be educated seriously.
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10/4/09 05:59 pm - After a

lot of reading and thought, I'm going to put forward how I feel about the Roman Polanski arrest.  Skip now if you don't want to hear it.

For me it comes down to a few simple facts:

1)  She said "no", he committed rape.  Period.  Her age no longer matters, how she was dressed is, was and always will be irrelevant, how old she 'looked' doesn't matter, the drugs only make the situation worse.

2)  He copped a plea.  He plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor before a judge, admitting that he knew her age at the time of the rape.  He plead to a lesser count than rape, and statutory rape.  It happens all the time.

3)  He skipped town before sentencing.  He again broke the law.  It does not matter why he skipped town, he did.  He had the money and the lawyers to fight anything that was thrown at him, he chose instead to break the law... again.

4)  He has shown no remorse for his actions.

The gave up any right to a plea deal when he skipped town.  Additionally, he deserves ADDITIONAL jail time to what ever he would have been sentenced to by breaking the law again and skipping town.  I don't care how good of a director he is, I don't care how much money he has, he broke the law... repeatedly.

Do the crime, do the time.

I know if it was anyone I personally know, this wouldn't even be a discussion.
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