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Dolce and Gabbana using an image suggestive of gang rape to sell to the public what is "normal".
Is Western society going through some kind of rape epidemic?

What passes for culture in the West, particularly in the USA, is a male-dominated culture where women are reduced to being disposable objects of men's desires. When it comes to sexual assault, it's likely that almost every woman you know has been raped, assaulted, or sexually harassed, at least once. Since U.S. culture invariably goes on to shape global culture, a large majority of people throughout the world emulate what they see coming out of this country. It's no surprise that the same degradation of values and lack of protection towards women is prevalent throughout the world. With psychopaths in power in the U.S., their own depraved inner nature shines through their heavily 'mediatized' behaviors and "values", spreading down and out across the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, the rest of the world is following right along with the psychopaths at the top; degrading, sexualizing, objectifying, and trashing women's bodies. We have turned into a society which protects, encourages even, those who commit one of the most gross violations that humans can commit. That should be something everyone is concerned with, yet if I go through just a few of the countless news reports about rapes in the past few years, what I find is a system that ultimately does the opposite of what should be done. Rapists are practically forgiven by judges and detectives, while women are cast as temptresses who "get what they were secretly wanting" and as liars who make up stories for cash and attention.

It doesn't help that one of the most high-profile rape cases to come along recently, the University of Virginia rape story published by Rolling Stone, titled "A Rape on Campus", which was read by 2.7 million online readers, the most ever for a non-celebrity story, has been officially retracted by the magazine after the victim's story was investigated by a number of journalists and found to "contain significant discrepancies and even flat out lies" allegedly told by the victim. Prior to the University of Virginia gang rape horror story, there had been countless campus rape stories. But then along comes a very high-profile story that's retracted, tarnishing past and future campus claims of rape by association.

If there was already a large contingent of the population who reacted to a woman's claim of rape as though it's the boy who cried wolf, the playing down of this very high-profile case is definitely not helping in terms of highlighting just how rampant and widespread a problem rape is in the U.S., Western society, and really, the world as a whole. It distresses me to think of how many more people are going to be led into believing other women are doing the same thing when they go to the authorities for help after being sexually assaulted.

It also doesn't help that law enforcement, and the judicial system as a whole, has a pretty contemptible record when it comes to empathizing with rape victims and providing competent investigation and justice for those women. Sadly, there are numerous stories I can provide to illustrate this fact. Consider the comments made by some notable judges about what they think rape victims experience:

California Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson:
"If someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn't necessarily willing, didn't put up a fight."
Tel Aviv Judge Nissim Yeshaya:
"There are some girls who enjoy being raped."
Uhm, how would he know this? Maybe he went to the same parties as former Israeli president Moshe Katsav.

Daming Sanusi, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court
"Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it."
Georgia Appeals Court Judge Christopher McFadden, who tossed out a conviction for rape of a woman with Down's Syndrome:
"At no time prior to her outcry ... did (the victim) behave like a victim," McFadden wrote in his decision. "Nor did Mr. Dumas behave like someone who had recently perpetrated a series of violent crimes against her. ... It requires more than that bald argument to satisfy this court that it should ignore the fact that, until the outcry, neither of them showed any fear, guilt or inclination to retreat to a place of safety."
UK Judge David Farrell QC sentenced two rapists to only 40 months in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl because:
"...she was willing and looked at least 14."
Montana Judge G. Todd Baugh, who received intense criticism when he sentenced a teacher to just a month in prison for sexually assaulting a girl who later committed suicide, said when giving his decision:
"...the girl appeared older than her chronological age [and] as much in control of the situation as her teacher."
These kind of misogynistic, patriarchal (even if some come from women), and - frankly - psychopathic statements are the kind of things you'd expect to hear in medieval times, not in a supposedly progressive, post-modern world. These are judges, literally the last line of defense for women to get justice for what their attackers did, and yet what we see here is a mindset that raped women - young girls even - are somehow at fault.

This 'blame the victim' mentality extends beyond judges. A British lawmaker recently blamed a rape on the woman's attire. A Texas defense attorney compared an 11-year-old to a "spider" who lured the 20 men - who gang-raped her on numerous occasions - into her "web." Fox News 'analyst' and actress Stacey Dash had this to say about campus sexual assault victims:
"It's ridiculous, and I think - the girls, I think it's a good thing for the good girls, okay - women - to be told 'stay home, be safe.' The other bad girls - bad women - are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt, and then, y'know...

But the other thing about this, is that it then blames the alcohol and not the person, who over-drinks. So, you know, it's like the same thing with guns. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Alcohol doesn't get you drunk, you get yourself drunk."
Guns don't kill people, alcohol doesn't get you plastered, and being sodomised against your will by a man 30 years your senior isn't rape. Get it?

A woman in California filed a lawsuit against a school district after two teachers were convicted of sexual assaulting her in 8th grade. The response from the school district was that she was "careless and negligent in the matter of her own rape and contributed to her ongoing sexual abuse at the hands of the teachers."

New Mexico Rep. Cathryn Brown introduced a bill last year that would send women to jail for having an abortion after being raped and impregnated, which goes beyond blaming the victim to straight-up punishing them. A woman in Mexico was charged with murder after defending herself against a rapist. A prosecutor in Montana, when questioned by a mother of a five-year-old girl who had been raped, explained away the attack saying "boys will be boys."

Author Susan Patton, better known as 'Princeton Mom', was in full-on 'blame-the-victim' mode when she said on CNN:
"It makes one wonder, why do you not just get up and leave?" Patton asked. "Or why do you not as a woman tell a man who's making advances that, 'You know what, stop, leave.'"

The guest said that she had talked to victims of sexual assault, but didn't always find their stories convincing.

"There's rape, and then there's rape," she quipped. "I believe that she experienced something that she regretted. I believe that she got very drunk, and had sex with a man that she regretted the next morning. To me, that's not a crime. That's not rape. That's a learning experience."

"The politically correct thinking at this point - fueled by the antagonistic feminists - is that even if there's a whiff of assault, a man is guilty," she said. "We could teach burglars not to steal, but better advice [is to] lock your door."
Just recently Sussex police in the UK created posters that they intend to display in bars and public places like bus stops, ostensibly to raise sex assault awareness, but also subtly implying that women who leave bars alone are somehow responsible if they end up being raped.
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As I alluded to earlier, this inhuman mindset ultimately stems from the very top. Hilary Clinton, a supposed champion of women and girls, was accused in court documents of intentionally lying about an Arkansas woman who was raped as a 12-year-old; specifically that she had gone to extraordinary lengths to discredit evidence of the rape. Clinton could later be heard on leaked audio recordings callously acknowledging and laughing about the attacker's patent guilt.

There is also, sadly, evidence that police aid sexual predators and even target the women they have pledged to protect. Recently, the case of former NFL player Darren Sharper has shone a light on how some people can use their celebrity status to deter police from investigating, and even use current or former police officers to help them target women. An investigative report co-published by ProPublica, The New Orleans Advocate, and Sports Illustrated highlights a "systemic problem with how our law enforcement handles rape." Darren Sharper pled guilty to drugging and raping women in four different states over four years. He was indicted, found guilty, and sentenced to 20 years in prison, although he will be eligible for parole in 10 years - a rather light sentence. His modus operandi was to pick up young, white women at clubs and take them back to either his hotel or condo, where he would spike their drinks with sleep-inducing drugs such as zolpidem, the active ingredient in Ambien, causing the women to pass out within 30 minutes, and even wake with amnesia.

Contrast this pattern of behavior with how Sharper was seen in the public eye prior to this:
This is a man who had a charity for kids. Sharper took an interest in women's issues. He dated actress and former model Gabrielle Union, a rape victim who became an outspoken advocate. He raised money for breast cancer. The NFL as an institution embraced him, and he was selected to appear in a league book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters, designed to raise awareness of battered women. In the book's photo, he draped an arm around his daughter. Sharper wrote:
"My daughter makes me mindful of how women are treated: undervalued and exploited, which is why I feel compelled to take advantage of this opportunity to speak up about domestic violence."
Clearly this is a man who was wearing a 'mask of sanity' - a carefully crafted persona masking a deviant nature. Sharper's wealth and social status also deterred a number of police departments from fully investigating him when women came forward claiming to have been sexually assaulted by him. The report details how Sharper was able to get away with such heinous crimes for as long as he did:
It was 5:06 a.m. on a Tuesday in September 2013 when sex crimes Detective Derrick Williams caught the call. It came from the hospital. It was a distraught woman. She was saying she had been raped.

She told Williams a familiar story of French Quarter trespass: She'd hit the clubs the night before, she said. Drank a lot. Met a man. Went to his house. And awoke the next morning to find him on top of her, naked. But she told Williams she had never said yes to sex.

Williams typed up a brief report. He labeled the incident a rape. But Case No. I-31494-13 wasn't quite ordinary. The accuser was a former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. And the alleged rapist was Darren Sharper, a hero of the Saints' 2009 Super Bowl team, former Pro Bowl player and broadcast analyst for the league's television network.

News of the Sept. 23, 2013 incident quickly shot up the ranks. New Orleans' police superintendent and top prosecutor were briefed. In the weeks that followed, police records show that Williams gathered evidence. He got a warrant to collect a sample of Sharper's DNA. It matched a swab taken from the woman's body. Witnesses told of seeing Sharper with the intoxicated woman at a club, and later at his condo. Video footage confirmed Sharper and the woman had been together.

It wasn't enough for the district attorney's office. This was a "heater" — police shorthand for a high profile case. Prosecutors were hesitant to move too quickly on a local football hero with deep pockets and savvy lawyers, according to two individuals with knowledge of the investigation. They held off on an arrest warrant.

"If his name was John Brown, he would have been in jail," one criminal justice official with knowledge of the case said, "If a woman says, 'He's the guy that raped me,' and you have corroborating evidence to show they were together and she went to the hospital and she can identify him, that guy goes to jail."

Sharper did not — and continued an unchecked crime spree that ended only with his arrest in Los Angeles last year after sexually assaulting four women in 24 hours. In March, Sharper owned up to his savagery. He agreed to plead guilty or no contest to raping or attempting to rape nine women in four states. The pending deal allows his possible release after serving half of a 20-year sentence — a strikingly light punishment that has drawn widespread criticism.

Sharper's rampage of druggings and rapes could have been prevented, according to a two-month investigation by ProPublica and The New Orleans Advocate based on police records in five states, hundreds of pages of court documents and dozens of interviews across the country.

Nine women reported being raped or drugged by Sharper to four different agencies before his January 2014 capture. But police and prosecutors along the way failed to investigate fully the women's allegations. They made no arrests. Some victims and eyewitnesses felt their claims were downplayed. Corroborating evidence, including DNA matches and video surveillance, was minimized or put on hold.

Perhaps most critically, police did not inquire into Sharper's history. Had they done so, they would have detected a chilling predatory pattern that strongly bolstered the women's accounts.

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The Sharper case underscores American law enforcement's trouble with solving rape cases: Investigations are often cursory, sometimes incompetent, frequently done in ignorance of the suspect's past sex assault history.
The article is worth reading in its entirety to see how apparently indifferent law enforcement is to investigating sex assaults, and even scared of going after high-profile cases involving wealthy, popular celebrities.

It's bad enough when you've got a psychopath like Sharper wearing a mask of sanity and using his social status as a means to prey on unsuspecting women. But add in the fact that there is a culture of indifference and even open hostility on the part of law enforcement and other authorities towards rape, and it paints a fairly bleak picture of our society. Just what exactly is this saying about a country whose government, under the cloak of American exceptionalism, goes around telling the rest of the world what it should do and should not do?

The U.S. talks a good talk about being the world's policeman, but the real message we're sending is that the vulnerable are not worth protecting; in fact, they are only worthy of being used and abused. Humans are not meant to do these things. But we have been systematically programmed by psychopathic leaders, via their sycophants in media and advertising, to adopt their deviant 'values'. We have given up our humanity in service to an empty, materialistic existence that treats humans as emotionless objects. I'm sure many of you are as disgusted as I am by this pattern of protecting rapists. That anger can fuel us to not remain silent in the face of such systemic failures. We can choose to accept or deny the psychopathic worldview. The battle is through us. Where do you stand?