|Dominique Strauss-Kahn- he looks sad in that photo.|
In the midst of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, the validity of the "perp walk" is being called into question. To which I can say, it's about damn time.(Not that I think DSK is innocent by any means.) This is something that has bothered me since I was around 15 or 16 and became more familiar with the concept of it. I think it's utter nonsense that this is allowed to happen in America, where we are supposedly innocent until proven guilty. For those of you who don't know what the "Perp Walk" is, it's the practice of taking an arrested suspect through a public place at some point after the arrest, creating an opportunity for the media to take photographs and video of the event.
What this does is cast an aura of guilt around the suspect, and makes it harder for the defendant to get a fair trial. It's insanely ludicrous and shouldn't be tolerated at all. (Um, why did you single out rapists?) Well, accused rapists suffer the most from the media. The media chastises those accused of rape and sexual assault the most. Plastering their names and pictures all over T.V, newspapers, and the internet. This often leads to the accused and their family being ostracized by their community and the press. I'm not one of those "curse those evil Feminazis!!" kind of guy, but one thing I learned from my experience with Feminism is that if an accused rapist is found innocent it's only because of "Rape Culture" or lack of evidence i.e a technicality. Meaning that they not innocent even after they were found innocent. I'm aware that sometimes the accused really isn't innocent, but let's not forget sometimes they really are. People need to understand, WE CAN'T CONVICT WTIHOUT SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. Enough people have been wrongfully convicted already, and I'm not a fan of throwing someone in prison for an extended amount of time (or executing them) on faulty evidence.
God/Allah/Yahweh/FSM help them if they are falsely convicted, spending possibly decades in prison, most likely being disowned by their family and losing a massive portion of their lives for something they did not do. The media does not help this at all. Sensationalist media automatically presumes guilt or innocence and it should be unacceptable. For example, remember Jennifer Carol? She was the woman who ran away before her wedding and later falsely claimed she was kidnapped. For the longest time while searching for her people like Nancy Grace of CNN's sister network HLN continuously speculated her husband killed her.(To which he didn't.)
I'm also against police blotters and any forms of public humiliation so yes, I'm consistent. Now the media would claim, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information, well then do the same for the accusers. You can't because it's not only distasteful, it's also illegal in some places. I'm not asking that you protect rapists and those convicted of violent crime. What I'm asking is you to wait until they actually are proven guilty until you go on a lengthy smear campaign saying how they are. But you won't do that, and no one will ever fight for them.
|And then there's this asshole.|