OK, so first of all – your Glitters and Huntleys are very bad people. And don’t get me wrong, had some despicable chap raped me as a child, that would have done me no good at all, in the “understated way of saying potentially mentalist, potentially suicidal” sense of “no good at all”.
However, by “some despicable chap raped me as a child”, I mean “some actual chap actually raped me as a child”. Not “some silly childhood ‘you can only go on the trampoline if you suck my balls thing. Or, moving on 10 years, an “I’m a daft teenage boy and a girl dragged me off to the bushes to screw me and I didn’t bother checking her ID” thing.
I just don’t get the whole thing. If Dave Bloggs, the frequent hypothetical bastard, were to rape a girl, that’d be dreadful and despicable. If Dave Bloggs were to have sex with an underage girl who invited him to have sex with her (like the girl that poor Callum Dimmock shagged), then that wouldn’t – at absolute worst, it’d be…
…no, actually, I’m having trouble ending that sentence. What is the sane sentence about a girl choosing to take a chap to bed with her that ends in “is so awful that the chap who she chose to go to bed with ought to go to jail for six years”?
Six years jail seems about right for crippling some poor sod by chucking a brick in his face, and probably lenient for, like, actually raping a kid. But the idea that there’s no such thing as a 12-year-old girl who’s more mature and sensible than a 19-year-old boy, or at least that they’re soooooooo different that the boy needs locked up with Chris Langham, flies in the face of all aspects of nature and sanity [*]
Anyway. Maybe I just don’t get the sheer awfulness of rape – but I’m deeply sceptical, because I can sure as hell say that offered the chance right now of being arse-raped or being given the level of non-sexual assault that would attrach the same sentence, I would absolutely and unequivocally opt for the rape. I mean, to get that kind of sentence you need to be permanently fucking mutilated…
Jesus, how could anyone in their right mind opt otherwise? Even given the option of being raped or being given the sentence for rape [**] is pretty fucking trivial – one is a hurty bum and a bruisedy ego; one is six years to life of being locked in a cage every fucking day and told what to do. OK, there’s a good pro-choice argument here – being compelled to be the cage is even worse still – but barring forced pregnancy, I can’t think of any kind of forced sex, no matter how degrading, that’s worse than spending a few years locked in jail…
Update: this post is grossly exaggerated drunken bollocks – see comments
[*] Traditionally, those are the approximate ages of marriage. Oooh, mysterious.
[**] Yes, assuming caught. Obviously, rapists should be caught. And we’re assuming here, implausibly, that it’s just a standard X years in prison, not X years in prison under special nasty torture as a rapisty-sex-deviant.