I’ve been reading a great deal today about victim shaming in the coverage of the outcome of the Steubenville rape case. Apparently much or all of the mainstream media concentrated on the boys who were convicted of the rape, and did so with a certain amount of sympathy. All right, so, I am no fan of the bourgeois media to begin with, but there’s something here I’m not getting. For one thing, I think any focus on the victim would have added to her humiliation. But I don’t actually know, so I speak under correction.
More significantly, my own reaction on watching the results of the trial was that they were saying, “Look at these poor bastards. If you are convicted of rape, your life will be ruined. So, if you’ve ever even thought about committing sexual assault, remember that. ” If I’m correct, and that was not an idiosyncratic reaction on my part, than that strikes me as a good thing.
Another thing–and here I’m on very thin ice because I’ve never been the victim of anything that really deserves the name violent crime, much less a sexual assault–if I were the victim, I think I would take the video of those two crying in the courtroom and play it over and over, saying to myself, “That’s right, assholes. How do you like it now?”
Please believe that I do not feel on solid ground with any of this. I’m asking purely because I don’t get it. Can someone explain where I’m missing the point?