Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Six years for 3 that gangraped a 16 yo they drugged with ghb....should have been life

Rapist to victim: I didn’t mean to hurt you with that lit cigarette and pool cue

The three Orange County men who gang-raped an unconscious girl and videotaped the atrocity have each been sentenced to 6 years in prison. With credit for good behavior and time already served, they’ll probably only spend another 18 to 24 months in jail. It’s a sign of the times that this is generally seen as a good result, since there was widespread expectation that the judge might sentence them to probation only.

Let’s review what the men did to the girl:

The men filmed themselves repeatedly shoving a pool cue, Snapple bottle, lit cigarette and apple juice can into the girl’s vagina and rectum. At several points during the video, they laughed and noted that the girl was unconscious. At another point, they felt her abdomen to gauge how far the pool cue had penetrated.
Six years? Jesus Fucking Christ with a pool cue. How about life imprisonment?

This entire case has been one insult after another to the victim, whom the defense attorneys have variously accused of being a slut (of course), of faking unconsciousness, of agreeing to the video-taped gang-rape so she could be a porn star, and of enjoying the use of sex toys (lit cigarettes?). In one cross-examination, the defense attorney actually asked the victim if she liked to swallow.

The sentencing hearing was yet another charade, as the gang-rapists got up to “apologize” to the victim. Here’s what Greg Haidl, the lead rapist and videographer, had to say:

It was never my intention to hurt you and cause you pain. I can’t take back any negative feelings and emotions, and I’m sorry for that also.”

So apparently Greg just didn’t realize that being impaled on a pool cue might hurt. He had no idea that a lit cigarette in the vagina or anus might cause pain, not to mention permanent scarring. Poor Greg. He just didn’t know.

And in case you’re wondering if there’s any ambiguity about what’s on the tape, here’s what the jury foreman said about it:

“The tape proved they were guilty. If you show that video on the news, everybody’s view would be that these guys should hang. People would go crazy. You know what I mean? It was primal. It looked like savages having their way with a piece of meat.”

Six years.

Posted by Violet in Gender Issues at http://www.reclusiveleftist.com/?p=169

Also read the victims impact statement here: http://pinkofeministhellcat.typepad.com/pinko_feminist_hellcat/oc_rape_case/index.html


Blogger The Fat Lady Sings said...

When I lived in North Carolina, a man was sentenced to 18 months for drowning the 4 year old daughter of his live-in girlfriend in a toilet. 18 months. The judge considered the little girl damaged goods because she had already been raped by her mother’s former live-in penis supplier. The mother blamed the little girl – said she shouldn’t have pissed the gut off. This is the kind of world we live in.

We moved as soon as possible.

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