It seems like every other day, we see another story about a teenage girl's report of rape not being taken seriously by the authorities -- and those girls going to desperate lengths to see justice done. This week a story surfaced of a 14-year-old girl who filmed her father's sexual attack with a webcam because police didn't believe her claims that he was abusing her. Now that video is a key piece of evidence in a case against her father. But imagine having to actually plan ahead and set up a camera to catch what you dread happening most in the world?
The survivor, who lives in France, first told a school counselor about her father's sexual abuse. But police wouldn't -- or couldn't -- arrest her father until they had evidence. So she set up a webcam on her computer. Meanwhile, the girl is living in a women's shelter. But wait until you hear what her father has to say about that video.
The girl's father does not dispute the facts shown by the video. But he sure does have some handy excuses. His lawyer says, "There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce. He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. His daughter says longer. But everyone should be very careful in what they say." Right, right. Like the stress of unemployment and divorce would ever justify raping your own daughter even once! So that's pretty much despicable. Not to mention, what does it matter if he was sexually assaulting his daughter for three months or nine months? He shouldn't have done it at all, EVER!
Worse, the father claims he didn't get any pleasure out of the acts. First of all, bullshit. Secondly, the hell he did. Thirdly, what does that even matter? And fourth, thank God this girl caught her father on camera. The point is, now that he can't deny what he's been doing, he is now shamelessly trying to downplay it.
At any rate, the perp is in the hands of the courts now. We can only hope justice is served. But I'm still appalled that this girl more or less had to do her own forensics. No rape victim should have to gather their own evidence. That's just pathetic. But I'm glad she thought of the webcam.
How responsible do you think victims should be for gathering evidence of their own rape?
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