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‘So I raped you.’ Facebook message renews fight for justice

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By MARYCLAIRE DALE

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Tip of the iceberg

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Sounds like she needs justice.

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Only 1 in 5 sexual assaults on American college campuses are reported to law enforcement.

- @Lamilly 1:37pm - “Tip of the iceberg”. -

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Wagner, now a county judge, declined to speak with The Associated Press. His successor, District Attorney Brian Sinnett, would not discuss the specifics of Keeler’s case, but said he can’t file charges unless a case meets the high bar needed for conviction.

Um, she reported it and tood a rape test so presumably there is physical evidence. AND the alleged rapist admitted as much on her FB page. What is the problem?

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@GdTokyo

Keeler learned last year from a new detective that her rape kit had been destroyed after the case was initially closed. 

Law enforcement are idiots. That's the problem.

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JJ,

That's kind of what I was thinking as well. Seems like they do not want to do their jobs.

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then-District Attorney Scott Wagner said he wouldn’t be filing charges.

Sounds like the DA is the problem. Wants a slam dunk case handed to him.

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Pretty sure I was, by definition, raped by a Japanese girl in university when I was drunk out of my mind and not in my senses. I told my buddies and they just laughed and said nice and patted me on the back. If I were a woman people would make a big deal about it. Oh well, it makes for good bar banter and I honestly laugh about it now.

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Pretty sure I was, by definition, raped by a Japanese girl in university when I was drunk out of my mind and not in my senses. I told my buddies and they just laughed and said nice and patted me on the back. If I were a woman people would make a big deal about it. Oh well, it makes for good bar banter and I honestly laugh about it now.

Clearly not the same thing.

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Local Gaijin, no sorry you are wrong, rape is rape. Glad Gaijinjland didn’t let it get to him too badly or allow it to define him but others are not so lucky, rape is a violation of self and can have devastating consequences.

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Agreed, @englisc aspyrgend 8:02pm:

“rape is a violation of self and can have devastating consequences.” ”rape is rape” ...

... regardless of the victim’s gender. Yet, again, the J law is lagging interpreting some aspects of sexual assault crimes:

“In 2017, the Japanese Penal Code was amended to change the name of the "crime of rape" to the "crime of forcible sexual intercourse,"...

Regarding @7:04pm

“and to define the crime as having vaginal, anal or oral intercourse with a person aged at least 13 by means of assault or intimidation, and doing the same to a person under 13 years old. *

Regarding @7:09pm

- “At the same time, the gender of the victim, which had been limited to women, was removed, so that anyone can be recognized as a victim, regardless of gender.

However, the interpretation of the law that only the act of inserting genitalia constitutes sexual intercourse has not changed after the amendment.

- “The law provides that the act of inserting a hand, finger, or object into another person's body through assault or intimidation is considered the "crime of forcible indecency,"

The statutory penalty is set at "imprisonment for not less than 6 months but not more than 10 years" compared to "imprisonment for a definite term of not less than 5 years" for the crime of forcible sexual intercourse.” -

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Clearly not the same thing.

looks like someone is gate keeping and victim blaming

In these hard times I always like to look at inspirational people like Asia Argento the co leader of the #Metoo movement, who raped an underaged victim while drunk and blamed the victim for the incident while their cohorts went on the media pleaded with the public to disregard the victim

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Sure, we all know about the hypocrisy of that story @8:50pm. Sarcasm aside, what’s your relevant point about the the two victims in the above story?

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I get why the prosecutor won't push charges with alcohol involved. If it's a criminal case and she had been drinking, jurors are likely to place some responsibility on her which means doubt on him. I'm surprised Keller hasn't proceeded with a civil case against her attacker. Given the Facebook message, burden of proof is accomplished.

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All is not said. How heavily drunk was she ? Because then anything can happen. Judge don't blatantly send the case off for no reason. What was the justification ?

Every case is a specific case. None of us can and should judge.

Leave it to justice.

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Alcohol is not an excuse, it is an exacerbating circumstance.

isoducky, it states the time limit for a civil case had expired when the district attorney said they would not be proceeding with the case thus (deliberately?) leaving her with no legal recourse.

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Some are not reading the details @englisc aspyrgend 4:52am.

Perhaps watching & listening to their video accounts is necessary: - https://twitter.com/Maryclairedale -

Ms. Amir-Aslani had been groped by the same guy earlier in the evening and Ms. Keeler intervened. He later pursued Keeler to a separate building, her dormitory.

She then followed every legal requirement to pursue the case.

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The suspect fled the campus and school authorities didn’t/couldn’t pursue their case.

“the suspect’s withdrawal from school ended the campus Title IX investigation.”

In the US, criminal cases in heard in court first, then, civil matters are pursued.

“Two years later, just after the window to file a civil suit closed, District Attorney Scott Wagner said he wouldn’t be filing charges, saying it was difficult to bring cases when alcohol is involved”

It’s suspected the DA’s office, at the time of the allegations, simply ‘ran out the clock’ for any civil case. The suspect may have felt confident he was clear of a civil pursuit yet still feared(?) the 12 year criminal statute of limitations had not run out. So then, the Facebook messages.

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