Via Samhita, just when you think that government officials couldn’t possibly apologize for rape anymore than they already do, you find out that the world is even shittier than you think. This goes far beyond “offensive remark of the week.”
Date rape should be treated differently from attacks on women by strangers, John Redwood has said.
The former cabinet minister – now a senior Tory party adviser – suggested rape accusations made by women against their partners should be treated as “disagreements” between lovers.
Labour ministers seized on the remarks, which were made in the wake of Tory leader David Cameron’s pledge to toughen up rape laws.
Mr Redwood wrote on his website blog: “They [Labour] decided to set date rape alongside stranger rape.
“None of us want men to rape women, but there is a difference between a man using unreasonable force to assault a woman on the street, and a disagreement between two lovers over whether there was consent on one particular occasion.
“Labour’s doctrine of equivalence has led to jury scepticism about many rape claims, in situations where it is the man’s word against the woman’s and where they had agreed to spend the evening or night together.”
I’m so angry right now that I can’t even speak, and I’m also on my way out the door, which means that I don’t have the time to. But this much has to be said: remember about a month ago, when David Cameron made his remarks about how he wanted to toughen rape laws and I expressed skepticism? And everyone thought that I was being too hard on the guy? Since I’d like to see rape laws reformed, I wish that those people were right. I always did. But as it turns out, Redwood is one of Cameron’s closest advisers. Also, he has already refused to retract or apologize for the statements — saying that Cameron would certainly agree with them.
If I were in England, I would be off to Redwood’s office right now with a placard and some deep breathing techniques to dissuade myself from any acts of violence. But being where I am, I’m off to work instead. Though I certainly would encourage any of you actually nearby to get your asses moving in my place.