I’m not one for quoting christian bibles, but there’s a little wisdom worth sharing.
I’m confounded by statistics asserting rates of rape among American women which include unreported rapes, in other words, claims of rape with no conviction, no charges filed, no grand jury, and no public accusation.
The legal basis for adjudicating rape doesn’t end with, “He raped me.” There’s a process for such serious accusations, and that process matters because it gets to the truth and excludes false accusations – the cry, “Wolf!” that destroys lives for not merely the accused but for all other wronged women who deserve justice.
So, here’s the bibilical stuff.
Toward the end of the 22nd Chapter of Deuteronomy, there’s a long discussion about what is takes to make a rape charge stick. Following some preliminaries establishing punishment for infidelity – for both men and women – the basic premise is established. Here are the cases, enumerated.
1. A man has sex with a woman who is another man’s wife. She does not resist. They are discovered. Death penalty for both.
2. A man has sex with a woman who is another man’s wife. She resists. They are discovered. Death penalty for man.
3. A man has sex with a woman who is another man’s wife. She resists. They are not discovered. Death penalty for man.
4. A man has sex with a woman who is not married or engaged or otherwise promised to another man (never mind by whom or for what reason). She resists. They are not discovered. Man is fined 50 sheckels silver ($600 silver, if you bought it today) plus lifetime alimony for the victim.
I don’t know what the rest of you think of bibilical justice – it being all evil and such being the usual complaint – but it seems to me that this is pretty rough on men. If these are the rules, I wouldn’t let myself be found alone with a woman lest she accuse me of something.
These days, we at least get a day in court – at least until the feminists take that away – at which point they’ll discover what the world looks like when you up the penalties for rape and lower the standard for conviction such that men won’t associate with women out of fear.