I told myself I wasn't going to post in this thread again, but my god please, spare me. For all of the talking points I'm forced to listen to about this reasoning, not once have I ever SEEN, not once have I ever HEARD, not once have I ever even READ about this actually happening. (And before you link me some article complaining about twitter trolls saying mean things on the internet, please take a moment to ask yourself if you're really being intellectually honest here first) ESPECIALLY after this phrase has been parroted throughout society consistently throughout the past....what...10 years? What you're talking about here is likely a perception misconstrued from the treatment the accuser receives during the process, detailed at the end of this quote here. And that part invokes genuine sympathy from me, because that's got to be horrific. But at the same time, I wouldn't have it any other way. They NEED to get grilled up and down about every aspect of the event because rape is such a hard thing to prove and it's such a serious allegation. And IF they're guilty, everyone involved ABSOLUTELY wants to lock that sucker up and probably worse. BUT, if they're NOT guilty, they just jumped up to playing through life on hard mode. Because even if that's where it stops, the accusation still follows them. In <CURRENT YEAR>, a large swathe of people aren't satisfied with what the courts come up with. There will be people that still think he did it. Hell, there will be people that still just aren't sure and even that is enough to drastically affect someone's daily life. Not to mention that by the time we've gotten to this point where we even have a verdict, this guy has likely had his car smashed, windows broken, house spray painted, likely been jumped, his family has been harassed, and had been alienated by everyone he knows. Now imagine what happens after we find him guilty, and all of the terrible things that would come with that. Then imagine that happening to someone who was falsely convicted because the prosecution wasn't worked enough, and they got the wrong guy. Doesn't even have to malicious, could have been simple mistaken identity, and this poor sap just wandered into hell. So yeah. It sucks and I don't envy anyone involved, even the officer that has to do the questioning. But if things get that far, there's no other way around it. To me (and likely a lot of you), the only crime to be accused of worse than rape is murder; and think about how seriously we take murder cases. Think about the overwhelming amount of sympathy people feel for the people wrongfully accused of murder. Again, I'm not really in either camp. I honestly have no opinion on this specific case because I have no facts and thus do not care yet. This post is really just to illustrate that just because something is ugly doesn't mean that it doesn't serve a purpose. And because the 'asking for it' thing irritates the absolute shit out of me.