Sunday, March 17, 2013


CONVICTED OF RAPING DRUNKEN GIRL The Steubenville, Ohio, rape case has made national headlines because it represents a perfect storm of inappropriate sexual conduct, high-school football heroes, social media and viral YouTube videos. The case reached some level of closure on Sunday as Judge Thomas Lipps handed down the juvenile equivalent of a guilty verdict and sentenced the two defendants to what could be years in a juvenile correctional facility as a consequence of their actions last year. This verdict is a consequence not only of the defendants' actions that night, but also of decades of change in how society views sexual conduct - and how the law has evolved in response to this change.
In this case, a high school girl went to a party and allegedly drank so much that she began slurring her words and was occasionally unresponsive. Two football stars at the party are accused of taking advantage of her impaired state and engaging in sexual conduct with her.

A few decades ago, this behavior would probably have been considered inappropriate or "ungentlemanly." Today, it brings protesters into the streets and creates a nationwide outcry about sexual abuse. The law has evolved as societal norms have changed. Lots of sexual conduct occurs when one or both participants are intoxicated to some extent. The question that the law needs to answer is at what point one person's intoxication is so severe that she (or he, in theory) is legally unable to give meaningful consent. 
Ohio law sets this line at the point at which the victim's "ability to resist or consent was substantially impaired" by alcohol. But how impaired is "substantially impaired"? This could in theory be a fine line, though after hearing from the witnesses in this case, most people today would agree with the court that this victim was well over that line.

Two members of Steubenville’s celebrated high school football team were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl. Prosecutors argued that the victim was so intoxicated she couldn’t consent to sex that night, while the defense contended the girl realized what she was doing and was known to lie. Ric Simmons, who teaches criminal law at the Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, says that the photo of the victim in which she is being carried by her wrists and ankles at the party was critical to establishing her level of intoxication. "One of the defendants stated 'she (the victim) was like a dead body' and 'she could barely move.' The defendants knew that the victim was so impaired that she was unable to consent," Simmons says. If you just want to enjoy selfishly and abuse others then you have to accept your responsibility.

We are responsible as human beings. ... We are supposed to try to control our mind and senses. Gambling feverish, people feverishly going to a gambling situation and it brings greater and greater fever. It is intoxicating. Intoxication, illicit sex, gambling, meat eating these four principles constitute basic human morality. Honestly, truthfulness these are very very important. Why? Because they do not further thrust contaminations upon the mind ... There is frustration, there is depression, there is loneliness. The mind is simply not satisfied. The mind will never be satisfied no matter how much you money you make, no matter how much sex you have, no matter how much power you have, no matter how much position you have, no matter how much land you own. The mind will never be satisfied.

Śrīla Radhanath Swami Mahārāja :
“Conquering The Greatest Enemy” -

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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