Sexual Assault Kits and the Attitude Towards Rape and Women

This Letter to Editor was written by Carolyn Crandall of Newport, Oregon in response to an article by Maxine Bernstein that appeared in the September 13, 2015 edition of “The Oregonian/Oregon Live” entitled “Thousands of untested sex assault kits piled up in trail of broken promises by Portland police”.  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/09/portlands_thousands_of_unteste.html

Sex-assault kits: This is no surprise. The rape of women has been, continues to be and apparently will always be a nonissue, especially if money has to be spent to find the rapist.

And then there are the questions: What was she wearing? Was she drinking or doing drugs? Did she entice the perpetrator? And on and on.

I was a victim of rape in 1979, attacked in my own home while I was sleeping. I am 68 now and yes, I reported it. But I had to hear, even from my own family and friends, comments like, “How could you let this happen?” and “I would never have let that happen to me.” and “Why didn’t you fight back?” And the best one: “Just think of it as having sex with a stranger.”

With these kinds of attitudes, why would anyone expect law enforcement to be any different and to put forth any extra effort to find a rapist?

They say now that the untested kits have been exposed, that things will change and policies will be put in place to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. I, for one, do not believe that for a minute. The attitude toward rape and women has to change before institutional policies change.

Carolyn Crandall

Newport

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/09/portland_police_and_abandoned.html

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