Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sexual assault victim is sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after attacking perpetrator with knife

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in her sleep after passing out at a party. When she awoke, someone showed her cell video of the attack, and she flew into a rage. She sought out her perpetrator, punched him in the face, then slashed him with a knife, leaving a visible scar on his face.

The woman, who is not named because she was the victim of a sexual assault, was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Yesterday, she was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three years and nine months. The perpetrator of the sexual assault has not been charged with a crime.

In passing sentence, Judge Howard Crowson told the woman: "You reaction was wholly wrong." The judge acknowledged that the woman had been provoked but "perhaps your perpetrator did not appreciate how humiliating his actions were."

If you are wondering why there has not been a public outcry in support of this sexual assault victim as there was, for example, when Lorena Bobbitt allegedly was raped and then dismembered her perpetrator in retaliation, it's because we cheated a little in reporting this story. In the real story, which is reported here and here, the victim of the sexual assault was a 20-year-old man, and the sexual assault was labeled a "prank."

While we do not believe that the sexual assault victim in the real story acted in self-defense to justify wounding his perpetrator, we suspect the story would have been reported differently if the victim had been a 20-year-old woman.