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Chinese man appeals death sentence for 116 rapes

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Is this merely a procedural appeal or did his defense claim there are grounds for clemency? Since the article did not say anything about murder, it's a bit remarkable that this chap could tally up so many victims over a period of 16 years before he was apprehended.

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That seems a bit far-fetched. Sounds likely he was guilty of few rapes, then the police loaded his boat with all the unsolved rape cases they had in their drawers.

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Sounds likely he was guilty of few rapes, then the police loaded his boat with all the unsolved rape cases they had in their drawers.

I wouldn't put it past the police to pile on false chargers, but the larger the figure the more it makes them appear incompetent. Why would the police do that?

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Got to agree with Cos. Sounds rather impossible.

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Actually, I disagree. The large number of rapes makes it seem less likely that the cops are just piling cases on. It would be different if it was murders we were talking about. But a case like this, where the victims are still alive and could simply say, thats not the man that raped me... No, too many potential witnesses, and that would be precisely what the defense would need to get the death penalty overturned. Even in China. I'm pretty sure he raped every single one of those women, and probably a lot more that never got reported.

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I don't understand why only "SOME" of his victims, some out of 116?, did not report to police and this guy could stay free to rape for 16 years?

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Why men rape women is a question that people throughout the world would like to know the answer to. The psychological perspective is that rape is caused by some psychological illness within the offender. The sociological perpective is that rapists are relatively normal people and do not have psychological problems. Sociologist believe that rape is due to an expression of gender inequality and attributed to permissiveness, sexually, within society. Psychologist believe that those who rape are either emotionally disturbed or have personality defects. They have problems that impair them in relationships when under stress through sexual violence and sometimes caused by sexual addiction. I believe that both the psychological and sociological perspectives regarding rape can be proven correct depending upon the individual rapists. I believe that some rapists truly do have psychological problems while other rapists feel a need to dominate women or feel sexually frustrated as a result of rejection. Regardless of the cause of rape, I don't think that there is any excuse for invading another person's body and individual space without proper conscent. As far as most rape cases are concerned, I believe that both the sociological explanations of sexual permissiveness and gender inequality provide the best explanation.

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Novenachama: " I believe that some rapists truly do have psychological problems while other rapists feel a need to dominate women or feel sexually frustrated as a result of rejection."

I don't think it can be chalked up to any one problem for all cases; some are definitely due to psychological problems and some are not. Society is always going to label something outside the norm as 'psychologically abnormal'.

Anyway, something sounds dodgy about this story -- namely the number. Was the guy keeping a tally and admitted it to the police? What the man has done is abhorrent, whether it be one woman or the 116 he's accused of, but it does not warrant the death penalty. Chemical castration and life in prison, okay.

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"Dai’s lawyer at his trial, Ming Tian, told the newspaper that he did not expect the appeal to be successful because there was no new evidence."

with lawyer like this who needs prosecutors?! probably state provided and no doubt did his best defending the poor chap, putting his own name and social well-being into jeopardy in the unpopular, highly publicized case. NOT

everyone, even multiple rapists, should have a fair trial and this smacks of anything but

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I don't understand why only "SOME" of his victims, some out of 116?, did not report to police and this guy could stay free to rape for 16 years?

It is well-known most women in Western countries who are raped don't report it - and I'd imagine in a joint like China almost no women do. It is highly likely this monster DID rape even more than these 116 children and women. No-one will shed a tear when he takes his last miserable breath.

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Face it, rape is a big taboo, and as such, holds an irrestible allure for those into breaking rules. I even once had a girlfriend who sometimes got some kinda rush from feigning to be raped during our lovemaking. Everyone knows it holds a prominent place in pornography, and may factor into the human psyche in some very basic, primal way that a lot of us are uncomfortable admitting. Is there a huge divide from this part of consiousness and wanting to have someone you see on a train? The actual implementation of taking action to realize this fantasy is a big step, but we all have "impure" thoughts.

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Sounds odd to me. Not that he's not a rapist, but the numbers and timing just seem odd. He got away with it for 16 years then 116 women came forward? If they didn't come forward before seems a bit odd that they'd come forward and add their name to a list that's so long that their name ends up being useless in the context of securing a conviction.

lesgrande: I even once had a girlfriend who sometimes got some kinda rush from feigning to be raped during our lovemaking. [snip] Is there a huge divide from this part of consiousness and wanting to have someone you see on a train?

You're confusing the fantasies of a person who is confined to the safe reality of knowing it's not going to happen with someone who actually goes out and performs an action. Everyone has thought of how easy it is to just put something in their pocket when you're at a store but the rush of it comes from the fact that you know you're not going to do it so you're safe. It's within these safe confines that people will allow themselves to think impure thoughts because there is no risk, no danger, and no damage. With those factors in place a normally adjusted person would naturally feel a rush from the thought of it, but saying that we're near some kind of line between thought and action is far fetched. You can watch an action movie and think it's cool to imagine yourself jumping off the roof of the building blowing up and landing in the lake, but it not like having those thoughts mean we're actually close to doing it. We're just enjoying the thought of it while out ass is parked firmly on the couch.

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People murder dozens for decades and aren't apprehended either. What's the surprise. The police can't catch everyone anywhere, especially in developing countries like China.

Logic fail to the people who think police would actually want to inflate the number of crimes he got away with for so long. lol

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Let's just be grateful that China has the death penalty and uses it fairly liberally. This guy certainly earned his execution.

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Safety in numbers.

If you felt too ashamed to report your rape at first, reporting it after 50 or so people have would be far less shameful. And it makes you a little more anonymous. I bet after a certain number came forward, a lot more did as well.

And you have to consider that almost everywhere in the world, culture blames and sometimes punishes women for being raped. Some people believe only a "certain kind of woman" can be raped, that women secretly want to be raped, that if only she had done X or Y it wouldn't have happened, and so on. This not only can lead to rape itself (where men justify their behavior based on these factors) but also leads women to avoid reporting their rapes because they know that they will just be looked down upon and treated poorly, particularly by the police.

The reason men rape is not sexual frustration, but domination and power. Apparently this man was taking advantage of women who were in a more vulnerable position. (I'm not aware of any sociologists who think rape is about sexual frustration ... that would be a pretty outdated idea if there were one.)

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Most, the vast majority of women and men never report a rape.

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And in China in 1993 I dont think they cared too much about people committing crimes like that. Now they are trying to appeal to international business investors and the like.

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he should die. if not, I hope he gets raped a whole lot himself in prison.

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