Gender Bias, Rape and the Law

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Adair Rowland is a victim of a sexual crime, feeling injured as well by the courts and the treatment of women by the law. Six months ago a man attacked her in her home and tried to strangle her with the sash of one of her dresses.

Her neighbors called the police who arrested the assailant. A judge assigned to the case indicated he would consider a sentence of seven to nine years if the defendant pled guilty and waived a trial.

Adair Rowland says seven years isn’t long enough. For all the sensitivity training we’ve been exposed to there’s still an astonishing number of unreported rapes. Only two percent of the cases brought end up in a jail sentence.

A Johns Hopkins report last month called violence against women still a neglected global, public health epidemic. One out of three women, the report says, has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in her lifetime.

Are we chronically, institutionally deaf to the cries of “rape?” Understanding rape in in the second hour of The Connection.
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Adair Rowland