He is a poacher..he took what was precious and left me for dead.
An open letter to “Justice” Robert Dewar;
I have a weakness for sharp-dressed men….especially those wearing well-tailored suits.
Given that I work in the financial core of Toronto, I see men in well-tailored suits five days a week. Sometimes they smile at me as we pass each other by. Sometimes they strike up a conversation with me in the elevator. Sometimes they even ask me for my telephone number or offer up their business card. But at no time during any of my daily dealings with these sharp-dressed men in well-tailored suits that I have a weakness for do I presume I have any right to sexually assault or rape them.
Your recent sentencing decision in the case of Kenneth Rhodes – a convicted rapist – is nothing short of antediluvian. To say that “sex was in the air” based on what this woman was wearing is not only revolting, but implies you are a misogynist with an archaic caveman mentality believing that women are merely here to serve men.
Here’s a fact – it’s 2011.
And here’s another fact – NO MEANS NO.
Regardless of what led to that moment in time where Kenneth Rhodes took it upon himself to force sex on this woman, she did not consent. Clothing, shoes, lack of weapons, an absence of threats, the desire to go swimming, alcohol, ignorance, promiscuity, makeup – none of this matters – NONE.
All that is relevant is this woman said no, and Kenneth Rhodes resorted to forcing sex on her as a result. There is absolutely zero grey matter here.
Key words: No and Forced.
In my world, this is rape. And rape is not a victimless crime. Rape is not without long term consequences – it continues to persecute for years after. It should be a serious, punishable offense that requires unprotected time served in a maximum security prison and not this slap on the wrist with the excuse that we are, in fact, dealing with a “clumsy Don Juan”. (What is that supposed to even mean?!!!)
As a Queen’s Bench judge, you represent ‘justice’ as much as a woman in a tight top and high heels represents wanting to get raped.
As a woman (and I believe I represent the vast majority here), I thank you for your contribution to the reason why rape is considered to be the most under-reported crime of violence1.
Mr. Dewar, I do sincerely hope your daughter never wears an outfit that a ‘clumsy Don Juan’, in his alcohol-induced stupor, interprets as “wanting sex”. And because it really comes down to personal preference, this could be a well-tailored suit, a tight top and high heels, or a simple skinny jean paired with a tank top and flip flops.