In the state of Georgia, a bill is being considered to remove the ‘victim status’ of those who take rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases to court. The complainants will, if the bill is passed, be known only as the ‘accusers’ until a prosecution is achieved.
Feminists are up in arms, saying the bill itself is ‘ like one long assault on women’s autonomy and capacity as thinking human beings. Each time the word “victim” is crossed out in favor of “accuser,” it’s another slap in the face to justice. Franklin’s utterly misogynistic, hateful bill tells victims that regardless of what they’ve experienced, those experiences aren’t valid and they’re not to be believed until our justice system deems it so.’
But I agree with this commenter:
‘”To diminish a victim’s ordeal by branding him/her an accuser essentially questions whether the crime committed against the victim is a crime at all.”
Yes, it does. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees an accused person the right to confront his accuser. This includes men accused of rape, whether you like it or not. When a court designates someone a ‘victim’ before a conviction, the accused person’s constitutional right to due process is violated.
As a liberal, I find it bizarre that many of us on the left will scream our heads off for due process for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and beg to commute the death sentences of convicted murderers, but conveniently forget these principles as soon as the word “rape” is uttered.’
Feminism likes to accord ‘victim status’ to all women, in its most extreme form. ‘Rape culture’, according to feminists such as Melissa McEwan, is ‘the objectification of women, which is part of a dehumanizing process that renders consent irrelevant.’ that renders consent irrelevant.
So women are victims before they are even raped, before they even go to the police, before they even get to court.
I think it is about time someone challenged this myth. That someone seems to be the State of Georgia. I welcome this bill.