Technology is only as good as the people expediting the information. When it comes to apprehending criminals in something as serious as rape, it is vital for the information to be put out as quickly as possible in order to catch the criminal. Often, the DNA will match up with someone who is already on the books with a criminal record. Rapists often commit their crimes repeatedly. If there are big delays in sending out the results of a rape kit, it only allows a serial rapist the opportunity to continue to perpetrate his crimes on other victims.
In my last blog I quoted Solomon Moore of The New York Times who wrote an article October 25, 2008 entitled, Progress is Minimal in Clearing DNA Cases.
On April 30, 2009, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas D. Kristof, wrote, what might be called, a complimentary article entitled: Is Rape Serious? In it he says; “When a woman reports a rape, her body is a crime scene. She is typically asked to undress over a large sheet of white paper to collect hairs or fibers and then her body is examined with an ultraviolet light, photographed and thoroughly swabbed for the rapist’s DNA.
“It’s a grueling and invasive process that can last four to six hours and produces a “rape kit” – which it turns out, often sits around for months or years, unopened and untested.”
My question is why in the world would the authorities go to such elaborate measures and then ignore the follow-up that is meant to locate and arrest the rapist.
As stated in the earlier blog, a great deal of money from the Federal government has been pumped into the states to speed up the process of using DNA to catch criminals. The majority of these cases are rape. With all that, you’d think the process would go so much faster. Not so.
In the same article as mentioned above, Kristof goes on to say, “Stunningly often, the rape kit isn’t tested at all because it’s not deemed a priority. If it is tested, this happens at such a lackadaisical pace that it may be a year or more before there are results (if expedited, results are technically possible in a week).
“So while we have breakthrough DNA technologies to find culprits and exculpate innocent suspects, we aren’t using them properly – and those who work in this field believe the reason is an underlying doubt about the seriousness of some rape cases. In short, this isn’t justice; it’s indifference.”
How can anyone think that rape is not a serious crime? For the women who have been raped, this is a horrific trauma that may haunt them for the rest of their lives. It is a violation of mind, body and spirit – something that often never heals. If you are a man, picture a woman or female child you love being raped, and sometimes beaten as well. It is an act of extreme violence.
Police authorities are male dominated. I have to wonder if that doesn’t have something to do with the seeming indifference toward rape. It is incredible to me that anyone would not consider rape a priority. Is there a conscious, semi-conscious or unconscious hostility toward women in many men? Because it is politically incorrect to demean woman, I believe these long-standing sentiments have gone underground and then manifests in passive/aggressive behavior toward vital women’s issues – especially rape. In any case we must take this anger out in the open and get it back into center stage so that it can be dealt with more rationally. We must eradicate this terrible divide between the sexes and reduce the continuing need to dominate and belittle women’s issues.
With this factor looming over male/female relationships, how can we expect to achieve the love we all seem to seek? We’re chasing our tails if much of the hostility that existed in the past has gone into hiding but continues to persist in attitudes toward rape and other major female societal problem. I’ve tried to address many women’s issues such as maintaining a glass ceiling in areas such as math/sciences, business, medicine and law. What is generally missed is that all of these buried attitudes affect an open meeting of the minds between men and women and ultimately impacts romance.
To the men, I ask you to consider certain concerns. Try to empathize. I ask you to put yourself in a woman’s position. I am convinced that if men had babies we’d have the most wonderful anesthesia that would not harm the infants and removed every trace of pain from the very first minor labor cramp. It isn’t beyond believing that if there were no such anesthesia and men did have the babies that would be the end of the human race because abortion would be a sacrament.
If men had to have their testicles examined like women do with mammography they would invent a wand that passes painlessly over the area to be diagnosed. If a man was forced to be a woman for a period of time, there would be a wonderfully potent aphrodisiac invented that was comparable to Viagra or better.
There is a paragraph in Kristof’s article that I find chilling: “Some Americans used to argue that it was impossible to rape an unwilling woman. Few people say that today, or say publicly that a woman “asked for it” if she wore a short skirt. But the refusal to test rape kits seems a throwback to the same antediluvian skepticism about rape as a traumatic crime.”
Impossible to rape an unwilling woman? How about a 200 pound man overpowering a woman who weighs well under that? How about a knife at your throat or a gun to your head, or a threat to your family? How could anyone have thought such drivel?
Guys, listen up for the sake of having better relationships with women. We don’t want to be angry at you for dismissing our needs nor is it fun for you to carry all that hostility around with you. We really want to stand by your side as equals so that we can love you and have you love us. The best relationships are where men equally participate with their partners and are tender, caring and understand the problems they face. It is then easy to love you back with all our hearts. That’s what love is about. Get it?
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