Say… that rape, it’s your fault

So a drunk cop walks into a bar and manhandles a woman without permission and in a crude way… guess who is at fault… guess the gender of the judge:

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.

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.

“I hope you look at what you’ve been through and try to take something positive out of it,” Hatch said to the victim in court. “You learned a lesson about friendship and you learned a lesson about vulnerability.”

Hatch said that the victim was not to blame in the case, but that all women must be vigilant against becoming victims.

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

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Post By Joel Watts (10,051 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 thoughts on Say… that rape, it’s your fault

  1. Joel, I think the behavior in this case was extremely bad but you should be careful with your headline. I believe you chose one of my pet peeves, that is editorialist using headlines that exaggerate the facts in the piece. As near as I can tell rape was never mentioned in this case despite the fact that sometimes the judge’s opinion has often been applied to rape cases in the past.

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