An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee quarterback for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.
Trigger warning for rape, police incompetence.
My blood is boiling over right now, reading this. One of the reasons sexual assault is vastly underreported is because of the insensitivity of police, who frequently blame the victim of the assault or accuse her of lying. I know that sounds harsh, but if we don’t start coming down hard on the systems that perpetuate rape culture, nothing is ever going to change. Anyone working in the field of law or law enforcement should be required to undergo training in trauma-informed counseling. The rest of us need to take a stand to ensure that this disgusting story is never repeated.
I can’t put my finger on what is worst in this story (i.e. which system failed the victim the most): the UTTER APATHY of the policeman doing the investigation, the approval of his superiors of his horrible investigative work, or the response of the school community to the allegations.
The phenomenon of victim blaming/shaming has many sources, not the least of which are peer doubtfulness (“Oh, well, she had been drinking a lot that night…”) and the popular media (“Was she dressed like a slut? She had it coming.”) etc.
Another problem in this story, of course, is the college athletics aspect; at the very end of the story, the author discusses how when the story broke, the people at the school were so quick to come down on her as lying and holding him out as a stand-up guy. GAH. NO WONDER rape is underreported. When you read stories like this it really should come as no surprise.
I AM SO DISGUSTED.
I’ve actually lost friends at my school because of this. I feel your pain and I would like to say that I am sorry. I am ashamed of the reactions of my classmates. I’m ashamed of the shoddy police work. It’s egregious and the worst kind of rape apologist bullshit.