When is Rape Not Rape…When Roman Polanski Commits It

 For the past several days I have watched so many people try to define rape. On the view Whoopi Goldberg said “there is rape and then there is rape.” This morning Matt Lauer interviewed Sharon Tate’s sister who is the sister-in-law of Polanski. She said there are degrees of rape. Well I must have missed the memo on this distinction. This man had sex with a 13 year old girl. A 13 year old girl can not go on a school field trip without a permission slip from her parents. So it suffices to say a 13 year old can not have consensual sex. For the past few days I have seen so many high profile people justify this man’s action. All rapists do not hold a knife to the neck of the victim. Rape is an abuse of power. So often I have politicians say that the people in Hollywood don’t see the world like the rest of America and I have always thought talk like this was over the top, but I am starting to see some validity in this thought pattern. What Polanski did was rape. Plain and simple, this was not some exotic, romantic romp. This was a grown man having sex with a child and not only was it wrong it was rape.

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  • Marney  On October 1, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I am so infuriated by this story. What gets me is Hollywood suggesting that the sex was consensual. According to the victim, Polanski, then 43, fed her champagne and quaaludes, coerced her into a bedroom, and performed oral, vaginal and anal sex on her, all while she said “no.” How exactly is it that they say this was not “forced?” I remember when I took my first drink. I was a teenager, but older than 13, just trying to do something “bad,” and I was drunk off my rocker in about 10 minutes flat. No way this child wasn’t forcably raped – she was absolutely impaired. Not only was she too young to consent, she was also too high and too drunk. Polanski committed a crime, and he does not argue that. It was a crime. He admits it. Maybe people feel his life’s tragedies should excuse him – he made it out of the concentration camps, but his parents did not. His wife and unborn child were brutally murdered by Charles Manson’s “family.” And that is horrible and sad. But you don’t get to rape a child because you had a hard life. If having a hard life was an excuse for crime, prisons would be like ghost towns.

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