It takes a certain type of person to spend their spare time trolling newspapers with seal-hating, gay-baiting, victim-blaming rants. A selfless person, a hero among men who only thinks of others. Someone who will go wherever they’re needed, no matter how dirty or drug addicted the people there may be.
I think we may owe the UKip candidate for Newark, Roger Helmer an apology. I thought he was just a white supremacist with an increasing disillusion with the attitudes of the Conservative Party but as it turns out all he wants to do is help his fellow citizens understand when it’s acceptable to rape someone and when it is not.
Yes, the Crown Prosecution Service need to get their heads round this one because they’ve got another think coming if they believe their laws can fool people like Roger.
In a post to his blog Roger explains the difference between a stranger raping your ass and being raped by someone you know. Let me hand you over to the UKip candidate for Newark who’ll explain his reasoning a whole lot better than I can.
“Let’s consider two rape scenarios. The first is the classic “stranger-rape”, where a masked individual emerges from the bushes, hits his victim over the head with a blunt instrument, drags her into the undergrowth and rapes her, and the leaves her unconscious, careless whether she lives or dies.
The second is “date rape”. Imagine that a woman voluntarily goes to her boyfriend’s apartment, voluntarily goes into the bedroom, voluntarily undresses and gets into bed, perhaps anticipating sex, or naïvely expecting merely a cuddle. But at the last minute she gets cold feet and says “Stop!”. The young man, in the heat of the moment, is unable to restrain himself and carries on.
In both cases an offence has been committed, and the perpetrators deserve to be convicted and punished. But whereas in the first case, I’d again be quite happy to hang the guy, I think that most right-thinking people would expect a much lighter sentence in the second case.
Rape is always wrong, but not always equally culpable.
My two scenarios also give the lie to one of the popular over-simplifications trotted out by the feminist tendency in these cases: “Rape is always about power and control and domination, never about sex”.
In the first case, that may well be true. In the second case, it is clearly not true…. while in the first case, the blame is squarely on the perpetrator and does not attach to the victim, in the second case the victim surely shares a part of the responsibility, if only for establishing reasonable expectations in her boyfriend’s mind.”
(Via: Roger Helmer MEP.)
Essentially what Roger is saying is that if your defence is to claim that ‘they wanted it’ you’d better have drugged them into unconsciousness first. Otherwise it’ll send mixed messages to the jury.
Hopefully Roger has made it clear to UKip that he doesn’t spend his MEP’s salary on such drugs and that he buys lobsters for his dinner instead. Anything to stop him eating the rotting contents of his garbage can. That’s what they do you know.
Now, lets lighten the mood a little and watch a mega-mix of my favourite girl band of all time – Girls Aloud. Down Roger down….