Author Compares Rape Victims Who Go Out Late to Leaving a Lap Top in Back of Car
So, in other words, we should just accept that criminals are going to be criminals and limit our lives accordingly? How best should a woman limit her freedoms to be safe?
British author Nick Ross insists that “I’m not saying rape isn’t rape” - except when he says, “Rape isn’t always rape.”
He says things like, “Rape is one of the most defiling crimes and there is never excuse or justification for it.” Then he says, “In any other crime we take account of provocation and contributory factors. Even in murder. Why not with sex?” And he wonders why readers are a little confused.
In the UK, Ross, the former host of a show called “Crimewatch,” has been making headlines with his new book “Crime” — especially the chapter on sex crimes. In a controversial excerpt that ran in the Sunday Mail, Ross declared that:
“The main argument of my book is this: we can aggravate crime by tempting fate, and we curb it by playing safe. We have come to acknowledge it is foolish to leave laptops on the back seat of the car. We would laugh at a bank that stored sacks of cash by the front door. We would be aghast if an airport badly skimped on its security…. Our forebears might be astonished at how safe women are today given what throughout history would have been regarded as incitement… they would be baffled that girls are mostly unescorted, stay out late, often get profoundly drunk and sometimes openly kiss, grope or go to bed with one-night stands.”