What caught my eye today in the rag was the story about Jack Tweed. Tweed is accused of rape and is standing trial this week. The alleged incident took place at his home after a night out, just 6 months after the death of his wife, Big Brother star Jade Goody.
After reading articles in the papers, and having sat in on court rape trials I can see why rapes are not taken as seriously as they should be.
The victim often gets cross examined and flaws found in the evidence. The prosecution then tries to discredit the victim by whatever means. The obvious problem in this scenario is that Tweed is in the public eye due to Jade. The prosecution will potentially try to discredit the victim's story with accusations of trying to expose a celeb for money. The prosecution will also try to blame the victim, maybe for being too drunk and on drugs. Even if a man or woman had a few drinks or was on drugs....does this give anyone the right to rape. No!
This aside the prosecution has an argument. It is literally his word against hers. How is a man to know that the next day a woman is not going to go out and cry rape. Any right thinking citizen will know when someone is too drunk to consent to sex. Everything that has happened to Tweed in the past should have alerted him to know that any action such as rape would not be dismissed. Tweed has a reputation for being a bit thick, but that stupid?
Lessons to be learned here (even though its completely idealistic) men and women alike, don't put yourselves in vulnerable situations! We have heard it a thousand times before but people still do it.
What was the girl doing going back to a strange mans home?
What was Tweed doing taking girls that he did not know back to his home?
I have children myself and will be parenting them to know that you do not put yourself in these situations, just as my parents told me. It has just got to be common sense surely?
Rape or no rape, what a fantastically stupid risk to take!