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Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity

Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Michael McAlister, convicted in 1986 of sexual assault, bore an uncanny resemblance to another man.
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Now comes the hard part for the victim, for Mr. McAlister is clearly a victim. I hope the state of Virginia will do all in its power to make the rest of this man's life comfortable. Clearly he will never have the career and accumulate the wealth he might have, nor will he have the children and the joy of raising them or the years of memories. As for the woman who was raped, I am sure she testified with honest motives, but a partial face recognition? Who was the lawyer who didn't show the inaccuracy of that? Or the prosecutor who was willing to go forward based on that? Especially when there was a beard involved, which makes men look more alike. I hope that she, the woman who was raped thirty years ago, comes forward to at least apologize and offer what comfort she can to her victim. Meanwhile, Mr. McAlister has shown his compassion towards her in ways I cannot imagine.

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A Policy of Rape Continues

A Policy of Rape Continues | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some brave women from a Darfur village speak out to fight back against the brutal sexual violence being used as a weapon of war in the region.
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While we can not right every wrong in the world and we cannot police every country, neither should we forget the horror of such ethnicity based violence or the waging of sexual aggression. I do not know how to help these women, but I do know that I am horrified by what seems to be the lowest form of human behavior.

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Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim

Ex-Hill aide who admitted 2 assaults avoids jail after he becomes a victim | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donny Ray Williams Jr. received a suspended jail term after acid attack disfigured and partially blinded him.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While this man has unquestionably suffered, the simple reality is his own best guess is that it was his unthinking penis that got him hurt just as it led to his hurting those women. I honestly believe that if he is to be allowed to live free, he should be chemically castrated (or physically). That he suffered from a crime doesn't free him from the moral consequences of being a rapist. And to hide behind the idea that in any way his behavior was the result of his race and its effect on him as a man?! Sorry, but that is a disgusting defense.

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