It’s not sex, it’s rape

 from www.guardian.co.uk
Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning film director under house arrest on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, has expressed his gratitude to his supporters in an open letter to the French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy. (emphasis added)

Ok, ok, I know everyone has probably already made up their minds about where they stand on the Roman Polanski issue, but when I constantly read the above phrase in article after article, it makes me wonder if people would be less supportive of him if the factual legal phrase was used instead. He did not “have sex with” a 13 year old.

Roman Polanski plead guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl, and the legal definition of having sex with a 13 year old girl is RAPE. Roman Polanski raped a 13 year old girl.

I care about this not because I think that dragging him back to the U.S. is going to do anything to bring further justice to this case, and I respect that the survivor of his assault does not want this case pursued.  I care because a case like this is talked about a lot, and I care about how we choose our words and the impact those words have.

We live in a culture of rape apologism, one that makes excuses for the attackers and speaks of rape as if it was no big deal. I’m sick of it. In the case of Polanski, if people want to take his side, fine. Just be willing to say openly that you are taking the side of a man who has admitted to drugging and then raping a 13 year old girl.

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