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article imageOp-Ed: The things some men say about rape

By Alexander Baron     Nov 14, 2013 in Crime
When men joke about rape, they are generally accused of acting in bad taste, to put it mildly. Sadly, these clowns aren't joking.
If you want to read - or tell - jokes about rape, you guessed it, there is a website dedicated to them and other "inappropriate" subjects. Sick jokes/black humour are one thing, like the two not-so-bright young lovelies who turned up at a Halloween party dressed as the Twin Towers.
There are though bad jokes in poor taste and jokes that are not really jokes at all. Making jokes about rape in India at this point in time is probably a bit like making jokes about 9/11 at Christmas 2001. The legal proceedings following the horrific gang-rape and murder of a young woman there last December are not yet concluded. Hopefully the executions of the four adult perpetrators will be fast tracked after their spurious appeal is thrown out.
The man in the spotlight there at the moment is not a rapist but a man charged with catching rapists and other ne'er do wells, and for the wrong reason.
Ranjit Sinha is said by the National Post to be India's top policeman. In the UK, police officers usually retire at 55; Mr Sinha is 60 years old, and clearly past his use-by date. Here is his witticism. He told an audience at a conference that if the state could not stop gambling, it could at least make some revenue by legalizing it. A sensible suggestion, but he went on “If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, ’If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it”’.
Thankfully he stopped short of calling for rape to be legalised in India - like it was prior to December 2012, apparently.
This is far from the first time Mr Sinha has been pilloried, but let's not mention the Fodder Scam.
Difficult though it may be to believe, there are actually some men who think rape should be legal. This guy calls himself King Noble. You may find it difficult to listen to his entire "revolutionary" rant. Most people would suggest there is nothing either noble or regal about him. Now for the really big one.
Between 1971 and 1982, Christopher Hubbart, the man known as the Pillowcase Rapist, raped no fewer than 38 women. Check out this news report. Unfortunately, that is not even half the story. Hubbart was brought to book after raping 25 women. Those crimes alone should have kept him behind bars for life, or at the very least until he was able to walk only with a Zimmer frame. Instead though he was sent to Atascadero State Hospital to be treated rather than punished.
Doctor, I have this terrible urge to place a pillow case over a woman's head and rape her.
My boy, you are clearly suffering from a mental affliction, fortunately a very rare one. We'll take care of you here until it is safe to release you.
And guess what, release him they did. In 1979! He "serves" seven years not in a prison but a hospital for 25 rapes, then some fruitcake shrink says he is fit to release. And he is released. Hubbart moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco where he raped another 15 women. For those crimes he received a 16 year sentence. Brian Banks got a ten year sentence and served 5 behind bars for one rape, one that never happened. Even Ched Evans got 5 years for one rape. This guy gets 16 years for raping 15 women AND he has previous for the same outrages. What is wrong with these people? But it gets even worse, they released him half way into his sentence, after which he attempted to rape another two women, for which he received only another 3 years. Since that time he has again been sent to a secure hospital rather than a prison, and now his doctors say he is no longer a danger to women, and can be released.
It goes without saying that the public and many of those in the criminal justice system are unhappy about Hubbart's impending release, which according to one source could be December.
It is said that Hubbart will be monitored extremely closely and that at 62 he is not likely to offend again. So what? This guy should been serving hard time in solitary confinement with all the other nonces, not treated like a victim. Thomas Szasz must be turning in his grave at the thought of someone who is simply evil being treated as a mental case, a man who in effect is not to be held responsible for his own actions because he is driven to rape by some inner force majeure. The reality is that any serial murderer or indeed shoplifter can say the same. I couldn't help myself, I had to do it. If we treated every offender that way, law and order, indeed civilisation as we know it, would come to an end. At a time when the courts are handing out truly Draconian sentences to some first time offenders for crimes of a clearly one-off nature, it is surely not asking too much to ask that they over-rule the imbeciles who pass for psychiatrists, and keep a dangerous serial predator behind bars for the rest of his natural life.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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