[Trigger warning: rape, rape apologism]
Five young men pack-raped a woman in Rotorua.
But don’t worry: they didn’t cause her any harm “more than what was inherent in multiple rapes with multiple offender” [emphasis mine].
They just caused the standard amount of harm you get with your average brutal gang-rape.
I’m running low on righteous fury right now, so I’m going to hand things over to Catriona MacLennan:
Our legal system imposes penalties by comparing different cases, weighing their seriousness and making judgments as to factors that are both aggravating and mitigating.
However, the way in which this is done in rape cases trivialises the ordeals of victims and displays a lack of understanding of rape.
Judges need further education about rape – who the perpetrators are, what the impacts are on victims and how terrifying, humiliating and painful rape is.
But let’s be honest, it’d probably just be easier to execute all rapists. Death is a nice, final kind of punishment, so we wouldn’t have to worry about whether the scumbags involve get a year less because it was only a two-hour ordeal, not two-hours-fifteen.