This American Life 581: Anatomy of Doubt - Victim blaming

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  1. Doughbelly action scientist αlpha-nerd

    Oct 12, 2003
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    Just listened to this week's episode of This American Life, entitled The Anatomy of Doubt.

    Here's the link to the episode page (mobile link, sorry):

    Transcript of the episode:

    Print version of the story:

    Normally, this kind of story does't bother me that much, though the middle portion was a little difficult to locate to, because of the terrible miscarriage of justice. I don't want to turn this into another cop bashing thread, either - at least the lead Detective, Sgt. Mason, admits and is truly contrite about his role in the investigation going of the rails.
    But damn, that foster mother Peggy. After knowing what she knows and the ordeal that she put the girl through, she is still trying to blame the victim and not taking responsibility, essentially still saying that it's the victim of a serial rapist's fault that she didn't act properly traumatized. Absolutely stunning to hear those words coming out of her mouth. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this girl was raped by a serial rapist who went on to stalk and rape at least four more women, and this lady, her foster mother actually uses the words that the girl needs to take responsibility for how she didn't behave like how what her preconceived notions of how a rape victim should behave.

    Anyway, there are a lot of issues here I think worthy of discussion, but listen to the episode or read the article first.

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