When a victim is not a victim

From Law.com:

A steadily increasing number of courts across the United States are prohibiting witnesses and victims from uttering certain words in front of a jury, banning everything from the words “rape” to “victim” to “crime scene.”

Prosecutors and victims’ rights advocates nationwide claim the courts are going too far in trying to cleanse witness testimony, all to protect a defendant’s right to a fair trial. Concerns and fears over language restrictions have been percolating ever since judges in Nebraska and Missouri last year banned the word “rape” during rape trials.

But that was just the tip of the iceberg, claim critics, who say courts telling witnesses what words they can and can’t say is a much larger trend than they had realized. In addition to “rape,” courts also have banned the terms “homicide,” “drunk,” “victim,” “murderer,” “killer” and “crime scene.”

“I’ve gotten a flood of e-mails saying, ‘Wow, you should see the number of times that this is happening in our jurisdiction,’ ” said Joshua Marquis, vice president of the National District Attorneys Association, who strongly objects to censoring witnesses, especially victims. “It’s absurd. It’s dangerous. And it’s growing.”

There was a time when many people viewed “political correctness” as an amusing irritant. Eventually many people came to see it as an outrageous irritant, but oftentimes still amusing. I never saw it this way.

The insidious abomination known as “political correctness” is, ultimately, thought control. If you can control what people say, eventually you will control how they think.

A victim of a violent crime is exactly that: a victim. A scene where a crime is known to have occurred is exactly that: a crime scene. This is not about biasing a jury against a defendant. No one in these courtrooms said, “I am the victim because the defendant raped me.” No one said, “That is the scene where the defendant committed a crime.” They are merely using specific terms to describe how and where they suffered a violent assault, a burglary, a rape.

A victim who is not a victim did not suffer any such violation. A crime scene that is not a crime scene means no crime occurred. The victim becomes merely a complainant who deserves neither justice nor sympathy. The one who initiated the assault is no longer an attacker, a burglar, or a rapist.

More scum goes free on the street again, which is very convenient for the expanding police state.

via The Thomas Jefferson Center


One Response to “When a victim is not a victim”

  1. I’ve seen a number of these in the news lately, specifically with rape victims being barred from uttering the word “rape” in court.

    For those few who have the gumption to speak up against their attackers, it might really be time to start seeking “justice” through other avenues.

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