Bravery in the face of a feminist fireball of outrage: JAN MOIR says rape victim's acknowledgement she could have better protected herself is far more helpful than the attitude of campaign groups 

Mail Online | 3/28/2017 | Jan Moir for the Daily Mail
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At last, a drop of common sense in an ocean of outrage. A rape victim has come forward to defend the female judge who jailed her attacker and caused controversy by saying that women put themselves in danger by getting drunk.

With incredible bravery, 19-year-old Megan Clark has waived her right to anonymity to defend the comments. The judge, she says, was correct.

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On Victoria Derbyshire’s BBC programme, 19-year-old Miss Clark said yesterday that it was ‘good advice’, that women really should be ‘careful’ and that she had taken the remarks in ‘a positive way’. ‘She was right in what she said,’ Miss Clark said. And do you know what? Too damn true.

Miss Clark’s case was Judge Lindsey Kushner’s last prior to retiring from the bench. Before she jailed attacker Ricardo Rodrigues-Gomes for six years on two counts of rape, she said that the responsibility of course was always on the perpetrator, never the victim – but that after a lifetime of ‘trying one sexual offence case after another’ she didn’t think it was wrong to beg women to protect themselves.

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Sensible people will see my learned lady’s remarks as a simple case of stating the screamingly obvious, but we live in complicated times. Rape charities, sundry furious feminists plus the usual suspects queued up to accuse her of victim blaming and worse.

Yet here is one victim who does not feel blamed but still accepts the wisdom of the judge’s words – and I applaud Megan Clark mightily for that.

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For to agree that being drunk just might make a woman more vulnerable to rape is not the same thing as suggesting she is responsible for the rape. And it just might help keep other women safe into the bargain. Surely if we are to celebrate the hard-won freedoms of liberation, then we must...
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