New figures showed 23 out of 172 people sentenced over rape or attempted rape during the past financial year avoided prison time.
Mr Shine defended the court system and said there were different levels of rapes.
“You have to look at the various circumstance of each case,” Mr Shine told ABC Radio.
“Some rapes can be of minor effect on the victim. Some circumstances can be of minor, some can be of major, damage to the victim. They do vary in intensity from time to time.
“For example, a digital rape is a technical rape but that is far less serious than an aggravated form of rape.”
His comments sparked outrage among talkback callers and victims of sexual crime support groups.
You know, I’m almost almost thrilled that someone non-feminist has actually acknowledged that my rapes were in fact, you know, rape. That is, until in the same breath it’s referred to as mere “technical rape” that does not deserve real punishment, even when a conviction is obtained.
Thank you, Mr. Shine, for letting me and countless other women know that our rapes are so “minor” as to be almost insignificant. If only I’d been so properly informed, I could have stopped being traumatized a long time ago. After all, who gets so upset over mere technicalities?
The problem is that this attitude is far too prevalent. I’ve seen and suffered it first hand. We’re not looking at a fluke, or a single bad egg. We’re looking at one huge system of rape apologism and misogynist excuses. And with this guy literally being in charge of criminal prosecutions in the state, to say this is a “system” can’t be even remotely construed as exaggeration.
And the question here is, who decides what is “minor,” what is “technical”? Who decides whether a victim is traumatized enough to warrant proper sentencing for the rapist, and who is to say that the next victim of that same rapist let back out on the street will not be more deeply affected? What kind of male entitlement does Shine have to feel to think that he has the right interpret women’s experiences in this way? Would this only be “technical,” Mr. Shine? Is this why a gang rape of a 10-year-old girl in your state was not met with justice? Why does a woman (or girl) have to fall completely to pieces before a grave violation of her body and autonomy is taken with any sense of seriousness?
The Premier of the state, Anna Bligh, has called out Shine on his bullshit, and he has since apologized for his statements. But unfortunately — and it’s important we don’t overlook this — his comments were much more than “insensitive.” They’re deeply triggering, for a start. And they’re also highly indicative of how women and rapists are being treated by the legal system. Sadly, it’s not a phenomenon restricted only to Queensland.