A rape victim has backed a warning by the female judge presiding over her case that drunk women are putting themselves in danger. Megan Clark, 19, was attacked by a man she met in a fast food restaurant after drinking beer and vodka during a night out in Manchester. After the attacker's trial, Judge Lindsey Kushner was criticised by campaigners for warning that potential attackers 'gravitate towards girls who have been drinking'.It's about time feminists give up stop trying to play victim on behalf of all women all the time and start accepting the obvious fact that women have agency and are responsible for the situations in which they choose to put themselves and the risks they choose to take, even though they aren't responsible for the consequences that subsequently ensue.
Ms Clark has now dismissed claims Judge Kushner was 'victim blaming', insisting she was just warning people to be more careful. Waiving her right to anonymity, Ms Clark told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire that she took the judge's comments in a 'positive way' and she did not believe she was 'victim-blaming'.
'She was right in what she said,' Ms Clark added. Judge Kushner's comments – at the end of her final trial before retiring – prompted a storm of criticism from campaigners and charities. The judge said: 'Girls are perfectly entitled to drink themselves into the ground but should be aware people who are potential defendants to rape gravitate towards girls who have been drinking. It shouldn't be like that but it does happen and we see it time and time again.'
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sensibility is not shame
A rape victim defends a judge: